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A Book of Fairies Hardcover – July, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shenanigan Books; First edition (July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934860018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934860014
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

From Midwest Book Review - Children's Bookwatch: June 2009

A Book of Fairies is a fantastic children's picturebook that presents a fascinating listing of imaginary facts about imaginary creatures.  From the nature of Fairyland, to finding fairies, the tasks of fairies, fairy secrets and language, fairy medicine, and more, A Book of Fairies is a fun source of mystical speculation.  The beautiful color illustrations perfectly complement the thoughtful text.  A Book of Fairies is sure to bring joy not only to young readers, but also to adults who still believe in fairies!  "Of all the earth fairies, flower fairies are around us the most.  Flower fairies are the ones skipping through the ivy, or tending your vegetable patch - yet they can be awful hard to spot.  They make their clothing from leaves and colorful flower petals, so they blend right into the gardens where they play."

About the Author

Patricia Saxton, author/illustrator of The Book of Mermaids, once again delights readers with this enchanting second book in her trilogy of mystical creatures. She is an award-winning fine artist and graphic designer and the owner of Saxton Illustration & Design Studio. When not in search of fairies, Patricia Saxton can be found in Summit, New Jersey where she lives with her daughter, Carolyn.

More About the Author

Somewhere around the age of three, Patricia Saxton picked up a pencil and never quite put it down. Today, her works in oil, pencil, and pen & ink hang in corporate and private collections across the country, her creative talents form the core of Saxton Studio, a well-established graphic design, illustration and copywriting firm, and she's the author/illustrator of the children's books "The Book of Mermaids" and "A Book of Fairies", and the inspiring design series "52 Weeks of Peace".

Saxton's professional affiliations include the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Children's Book Council, and the NJ Center for Visual Arts. She holds a BA in English and History from Wittenberg University in Ohio, and completed post-graduate work at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

You can see more of Saxton's work at www.saxtonstudio.com, and visit her blog at www.saxtonstudio.wordpress.com.

Customer Reviews

I bought it to share with my granddaughter, Reesie... she is 5 and she luvs it!
KidBookInk
The colorful illustrations are captivating and the simplicity of the story delightfully renewing.
Stephanie
Patricia Saxton takes us to this enchanted world in her delightful new "Book of Fairies".
Ben

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Demmler on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderfully magical book. From the moment we opened the book we were transported into the world of fairies. The illustrations and story are absolutely captivating and enchant you with the possibilities. Reading as a bedtime book, my five year old daughter was eagerly looking for fairies on her pillows that may be reading along with her! She loves to read this over and over, always finding something in the illustrations or story that she hadn't caught before - almost as if the fairies are re-writing for her delight between each read! A spectacular book that is marvelous for children of all ages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben on July 6, 2009
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Welcome to the magical world of fairies! Patricia Saxton takes us to this enchanted world in her delightful new "Book of Fairies". Your inner child will be tickled pink with fun fairy facts, secrets and celebrations. Fairies is written with the same humor used so effecitively in the author's "Book of Mermaids". The beautiful quotes, fairyland insight and creative use of mixed media illustration make this book especially enjoyable.
I highly recommend this reading adventure! The playfulness, wisdom and book quality make purchasing a no brainer! You certainly will be proud to have "Book of Fairies" in your book collection...along with Patricia Saxton's "Book of Mermaids", if you don't already. (The back cover mentions that the author is woking on a third book! I can't wait to find out what other mystical being she will introduce us to! )
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Format: Hardcover
A Book of Fairies is a fantastic children's picturebook that presents a fascinating listing of imaginary facts about imaginary creatures. From the nature of Fairyland, to finding fairies, the tasks of fairies, fairy secrets and language, fairy medicine, and more, A Book of Fairies is a fun source of mystical speculation. The beautiful color illustrations perfectly complement the thoughtful text. A Book of Fairies is sure to bring joy not only to young readers, but also to adults who still believe in fairies! "Of all the earth fairies, flower fairies are around us the most. Flower fairies are the ones skipping through the ivy, or tending your vegetable patch - yet they can be awful hard to spot. They make their clothing from leaves and colorful flower petals, so they blend right into the gardens where they play."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nanci Arvizu on November 3, 2009
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This book makes me want to go plant a flower garden.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the little bits of insight Patricia gives us into the Fairy world along with the beautiful works of art she generously puts into the story make this such a magical journey to enjoy.
I had the opportunity to speak with Patricia on [...] about this book and others, both completed and in the works. Patricia is a very talented and creative artist and story teller, I can't wait for her next book to come out!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By chris_gee on October 30, 2010
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My grandchildren know about fairies, as their favourite treat is Fairy mushrooms (candy). The book is well presented and well illustrated in a picture perfect way. It is written like a supposed junior encyclopaedia entry with little asides like dictionary definitions and famous fairies. It fails utterly because this style and the language are well above the presumed age level. Older kids would find the repetitive suggestions that fairies are behind every ripple on the water or leaf movement ridiculous. I don't think the author writes well for children. My two were totally bored by the lack of story and failure to engage them. A disappointment and mistaken purchase that one would not make without buying sight unseen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean Turicik VINE VOICE on May 28, 2013
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I am the Grandmother of 2 beautiful little girls--2 and 4 years old. Last Summer I created a Fairy Garden and the my oldest Granddaughter loved it! At the end of the season I packed up all the little Fairy things and put them away for the Winter. This year I put everything out for Memorial Day weekend and added another Fairy House-I had this book delivered the week leading up to Memorial Day. My Granddaughter brought chocolate chips and a gold grocery store token and placed them at the Fairy Homes. She read in this book that Fairies like Chocolate and Shiny objects--she loved this book-it was perfect. If you are a Grandparent, make a Fairy House and buy this book-and you'll be making memories for a lifetime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Opening the pages of such an enchanting story truly puts a sparkle into your heart. And after reading Patricia Saxtons "A Book of Fairies" you'll know that sparkley things are good. The "whimsical" of it makes the child in me begin to dream again, and the adult I am believe that anything is possible. I see things ever so differently now, knowing that it wasn't "all me"; that the beauty around me is more than what I see. Sometimes we must close our eyes and open our hearts to really see. Patricia's Book of Fairies helps us remember how magical life truly is - if only we believe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Moffie on January 28, 2010
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Patricia Saxton has written a stunning book that almost made me believe that fairies exist (don't tell my 3 year-old granddaughter, who thinks of nothing but fairies after reading her this book).

The illustrations are so colorful... made me wish I was finger painting again.

Parents and grandparents will enjoy reading and showing this book to their children/grandchildren.
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