A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claire Keane

Published by Henry Holt and Co.


Summary:  Fairies are all around us, but they can be shy and hard to find.  You have to really seek them out.  The best way is to build a house with soft, fun furnishings, and some flower petal stew to eat.  If you’re lucky, a fairy will move in and become your friend, teaching you to fly and keeping you safe with her magic.  She may not stay forever, but you should never trap a fairy.  Let her go, and some day she and her friends will return.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Rhyming text and Disney-esque pictures (the illustrator is a former Disney animator) will spark the imagination of young readers, who will undoubtedly want to try to lure a fairy or two to their own homes.

Cons:  It would have been nice to have a boy join the girl protagonist.  I bet boys would enjoy making fairy houses, too.

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