Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

Flory is a tiny little night fairy (she is only one acorn tall) living in the forest. But after a bat breaks her wings and she crash lands in a garden she decides she will become a day fairy instead. In order to survive Flory: moves into a bird house, collects food from a bird feeder and trains a squirrel with an eternally voracious appetite (Skuggle) to carry her around. Now if only she could fly again....

The Night Fairy is a sweet book about fairies, but not too sweet! Flory does plenty of adorable fairy things like sewing cherry blossom dresses and frolicing with woodland creatures. But she also has a bit of an attitude. She fights a praying mantis and carries around a thorn dagger with her.

Last, but not least, this book has incredible illustrations. Each one captures a moment of mischief or whimsy as Flory makes her rounds of the garden. I particularly loved seeing her cherry blossom dress and also the scene where she faces down the praying mantis with her little dagger.

Give this book to kids who like fairies or hungry talking squirrels grades 1 to 4.

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by Patrick