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The ladybug girl books are about a young girl who likes to dress up as a ladybug and goes on adventures of self-discovery and fun. In the first book, Ladybug Girl, she goes out to play baseball with her older brother. Her brother turns her away however saying that she’s too small to play with him and his friends. She gets angry about this, but then goes off on her own imaginative adventure as ladybug girl, almost like a little superhero, proving that she’s not that small after all! It’s a fun book and I liked the illustrations.

This is a video of someone reading the book. There are videos on people reading other books in the series as well if you’d like to look those up.

This is the book’s webpage. It has games, colouring pages, and of course links to buy the books. http://www.ladybuggirl.com/index.html


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This a self-helpish book for children teaching them about sharing.The story is about a young fairy and she’s very selfish. She doesn’t let anyone play on her tree or take the apples off the tree and she’s a little but mean to people. After she sends other fairies and animals away from her things and she’s alone she’s happy at first, but then finds that she’s a little bit lonely. She realizes that things aren’t as good when you don’t have anyone to enjoy it with. After the story the book has a few fun fairy facts too.

There is another book in the series called The Fairies Tell Us About Compassion.

This description is from Scholar’s Choice:

The Fairies Tell Us stories are set in the land of fairies and enhanced with beautiful colour illustrated forest landscapes populated with animals and fairies. Each story presents a gently told lesson for boys and girls to learn about dealing with their friends and treating them considerately. Pages at the back of the book are devoted to fairy lore, facts about nature, and discussion points pertaining to the book’s story. In The Fairies Tell Us About Sharing, it’s springtime in the Forest of Dreams, and little Keyla the Fairy is waiting for her apple tree to come into bloom. But she refuses to share her land with the birds, butterflies, and her other friends because she’s afraid they will damage the tree and prevent it from bearing blossoms and fruit. As time passes she begins to feel lonely and sad, and she begins to realize her mistake. She hurries to her friends and apologizes to them, inviting them to join her at her tree. She realizes at last that being generous makes everybody happy, including herself.

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This is an interactive, mixed-media book about going out into the garden to find fairies. The author took pictures of someone going for a walk around in their garden with some children and drew in fairies here and there. Each page is a different location and the author talks about different things he or she sees around the garden and how it could be related to fairies. For example there will be a circle of grass and the author will say maybe its a fairy bed, or will find a fairy shoe and leave it on a rock for fairies to find later, or wonder where fairies are. All the while the impish drawn in fairies are hiding or prancing about all over the page. It’s a good book about going out to explore your own garden and find the fairies there. It’s not so much a how to guide as it is someone’s account of a thoughtful walk.

I didn’t personally like the book that much. The photographs the fairies were drawn on reminded me of those farm animal picture books they give you in the second grade at school, stale and boring. The writing too. I don’t mind stories with a simple plot or writing style, but children are brighter than this book gives them credit for. Without the little drawings I wouldn’t have picked this book up, and I don’t think any children would either. I don’t mind the idea of a book supporting an outdoor adventure in search of fairies, but this book is borderline boring. It’s a very slow-paced walk through a garden with simple text and uninteresting pictures. The little sprites are cute, but not enough so as to make up for everything else. I may be taking this to a bit of an extreme, but as a lover of fairies I know that a hunt for fairies can be full of wonder and excitement and mystery, and all of that was lost on me when I read this. It’s ok for a quick glance through, but definitely not a purchase.

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This is a really interesting book on herbs and other plants. The book is not more than 200 pages so is obviously not as extensive as other herbal guide, but it’s still very interesting.

The book states that a faerie is the life force of nature, plant energy if you will. The authors come to this conclusion because they say faeries can be found in nature, like dryads in trees, gnomes in hills, etc. The purpose of this book is essentially to merge meditation or a spiritual mentality with gardening, or what the authors call ‘green gardening’.

Each herb’s description is approximately 2 pages long and is accompanied with a picture of a faerie. What I really like about this book is that it isn’t all spiritual or all medical, but it’s a combination of both. The authors provide a short description of the plant and how to use/ store/ gather/ preserve it. Then they provide a short historical or mythological context for the plant and it’s healing uses, home remedy like stuff. Then, after that, they give you a little recipe you can use the herb in or a recipe to make a product of some sort. As the book is not very long the author’s do not get too deep into every plant and they give different information on different plants, but it’s still a very interesting read.

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This is a short picture book about a trio of leprechauns who are hurrying to put the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Along the way they decide to play a few pranks for the humans to find.

This isn’t the most exciting book, but it has a bit of humour and  the illustrations are brightly coloured.

Here’s a video of a woman reading the entire book.

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I was browsing through my local bookstore recently and I saw this book in the discounted section. It being of a fairy nature I of course picked it up.

It’s a fairy- themed cookbook. It has a brief introduction with a few fairy bios and some fairy decorating ideas before getting into some creatively constructed and displayed items of food that actually look like they’re be quite good to eat. Before each section of recipes begin there is a cool little 2 page spread with 4 or 5 food facts or very quick recipes with a fairytale related name. The sections are; ‘potions’- drinks, ‘little mouthfuls’- appetizers, ‘feeding the wolf’- small main courses. ‘cheesy treats’- dairy dishes, and ‘sweet delights’- dessert. The dishes themselves call for lesser used ingredients in an imaginative way. It’s really a fantastic, fun little book if you can manage to get your hands on it. It’s a tiny 157 page book that is about the size of my hand.

yes these are radishes

pumpkin soup with nutmeg

The difficulty might be actually getting a copy of this though. I managed to stumble across this in english, but it’s apparently a French book originally. So unless you speak French you may have issues in getting a copy.

Here is the french amazon’s page on it http://www.amazon.fr/cuisine-fées-comment-merveilles-magicienne/dp/2845672365

and there is a link to the google- translated version here

But it’s on amazon.com in English, though it looks as if it’s currently unavailable. http://www.amazon.com/Fairytale-Create-Wonders-Without-Magician/dp/B0016CCMFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292394459&sr=1-1

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Boy in the Oak is a picture book that almost can’t be called a picture book. The story is told in full pages of text which are punctuated by black and which drawings and divided by translucent pieces of coloured, patterned paper. The pages of text are pretty full, I would almost be tempted to say that the book was meant for early readers, but the font is too small. Not your average picture book.

The story is about a young boy who was very rough and mean when he played outside. He would scare the animals in his backyard and do not so nice things like cut trees and pull out plants. The fairies in the area took notice and got so angry at the boy that one day they put a curse on him that trapped him inside an ancient oak tree. His parents went sick with worry and finally moved away when they couldn’t find their little boy anymore. A new couple moved into the house. There were rumours that when it was very windy you could hear a boy crying near the house, but the couple ignored the rumours and moved in with their little daughter. The parents took care of the house and planted new flowers, and though the fairies were cautious of people they liked this. They really liked the daughter though. She was kind to all of the plants and animals and the fairies took note of this and appreciated her, especially in comparison with the mean boy. She fell asleep under the oak one day and because the fairies liked her so much, decided that they would put a spell over her so that she would never wake up and leave them. The boy in the oak over heard this and was outraged. He’d spent so much time in the tree that he had more than learned his lesson and had learned about the fairy’s magic in the process, and he pushed both the girl and himself from the fairies.

The story is well told and unique, but the thing that will set this book a part is the presentation. I wouldn’t personally associate that kind of art with a children’s book. It is somewhat abstract and its displayed in the traditional way picture books associate pictures to text. The two translucent sheets that separate each page of text have nothing to do with the story and are there for a purely ornamental purpose and from my experience that is a little too intellectual for the average 3-5 aged child. I still recommend the book however. As I said the story is pretty good and it might be a fun way to introduce new art forms or storybook formats.

Here is the author’s website http://www.jessicaalbarn.co.uk/index.html. She has some book information and has more artwork on display.

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