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The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy Paperback – Illustrated, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo Rampant; Ist edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987976303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987976307
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

S. Bear Bergman is a multiple award winning author, storyteller and performer. After publishing six books, touring the US and Canada as a storyteller, winning audience choice awards at three consecutive US Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festivals, Bear has settled in to a life of mild-mannered parent by day and foul-mouthed Bad Fairy emcee by night. He also tells touching queer stories about home and family, gives stirring trans-pride talks to rouse a crowd, and enjoys finishing the day of work with a microphone in on hand and a brunet (preferably his husband) in the other.

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I want to read this book to children.
Arjuna Greist
Beautiful book for anyone who's ever felt "different"... and really, isn't that just about everyone at some point in time?
T. Rachelle Kobilarov
Tulip will change you in the most amazing way if you allow.
Kyle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arjuna Greist on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I want to read this book to children. I want to read it to adults. I want to read it to everyone who has ever felt a little different or out of place. I want to read it out loud, once I can get through it without weeping, to roomfuls of people who need to hear a tale of compassion and empathy, a message about treating others with respect and kindness, or just a beautiful story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Why should you read The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy? 1) The fairy's name is Tulip. 2) they grant wishes to kids who truly need their wishes granted. 3) it'll change your view on the world and give your child a truth that may not exist.

As a person who received barbie dolls and playhouses when all I wanted was baseballs and legos (and not the silly pink legos), made each birthday and christmas holiday stressful. I had to quickly learn how to be excited about these gifts and not ask for what I was not allowed. A child should never have to learn to feel their birthday is not important. Every child needs a Tulip Birthday Wish Fairy in their lives. This book literally made me cry as I read through it. The beauty in the illustrations made the story itself that much stronger. The best part of this story is that the world around the child needed help, not the child herself. Tulip, went above and beyond their Birthday Wish Fairy duties to make sure this beautiful child and family had all the support, care, and love they needed to educate the world around them. A beautiful story full of hope and truth. Told in a way that even adults can understand. I hope this book as well as Backwards Day becomes a staple in all childhood classrooms. Tulip will change you in the most amazing way if you allow. Coupled with Backwards Day parents have an opportunity to cultivate a world where their children can explore and be and grow into beautiful amazing humans.

5 stars and two thumbs up.

Thank you for this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katiajlb on June 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tulip's mission is to grant birthday wishes. Little does this character know that this story, is in fact the birthday wish of many; to see themselves, their children, their nieces, nephews, siblings, or students so accurately portrayed in this beautifully written tale. S. Bear Bergman delicately intertwines humour and nuance with the complexities of gender identity. The language is accessible and open, not dumbed down, and not simplistic. Bergman is consistent in the delivery of a very important message; one of understanding, one of meaning and seeking one's true self. A very important message for anyone and everyone indeed. The illustrations are vibrant and eye catching; any young person will be drawn in by their playful look. A must read for any and all parents, hopefully with a young one propped on their knee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen on June 8, 2012
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I found this book very touching. I liked the way the wish fairy didn't try to change the kids with gender wishes, but tried to change there family and friends and schools so that they could be them selves. I think that's a great lesson for all grown ups with any kind of kid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Silverrod on June 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Tulip, an adorable little fairy with a bow-tie and a top-knot, has a job as a Birthday Wish Fairy. He sorts all the birthday wishes into piles, dealing with the easy ones, for a new doll, or truck, first. He sends wishes for new brothers or sisters upstairs to the department that handles things like that, and for those who wished not to have a new sibling, the wishes are washed into their underlying concern - to still have the love and attention of their parents. Some wishes he can't do anything about, like making parents recover from illness, or to stop hitting, or to bring more money to the family, but even for these children, Tulip finds small ways to brighten their days.

For children who wish they looked different, he devoted a good fifteen minutes of smiling to each, so they would feel better about themselves and realize they weren't so different from anyone else.

But then a wish that stumped Tulip arrived. A boy named David had wished on his birthday candles to become a girl named Daniela. After thinking for a while about this wish, Tulip consulted the Birthday Wish Fairy Rule Book, and followed the instruction to meet with the Wish Fairy Captain. She explained to Tulip that some children are born into bodies that don't match who they are inside.

Following the Wish Fairy Captain's instructions carefully, he granted Daniela the bravery she would need when people didn't understand her, Clear Sight Sparkles for Daniela's family so they can see her as she really is, and Teaching Toothpaste for everyone, so they can help Daniela's teachers and doctors understand her, and lastly, a special Wish Fairy Kiss, so she will know that her dreams will come true if she holds onto them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Rachelle Kobilarov on June 6, 2012
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Beautiful book for anyone who's ever felt "different"... and really, isn't that just about everyone at some point in time? Great illustrations, wonderful story, and just leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Love it!
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