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Rainbow Magic #1: Ruby the Red Fairy Kindle Edition

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Length: 84 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 4 - 8 Grade Level: 3 - 3

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About the Author

Daisy Meadows is the author of over 150 Rainbow Magic books.

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  • File Size: 3407 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B01OWWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daisy Meadows is a pseudonym used by the writers of Rainbow Magic, who are all hugely talented and successful authors in their own right. Georgie Ripper is a talented young illustrator who won the Macmillan prize for illustration.

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Eedee on October 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 4 year old found out about these books from a friend of hers. We've read the entire Rainbow fairy series out loud as bedtime stories.

I am a believer in encouraging children to read. If these books do this for your children, great. I could easily see how this could be the case. The author clearly understands 4-6 year old girl psychology and exploits it fully to create truly addictive series.

However, as a mom reading aloud to her child, I would have to say that the adventures in the books are almost nonsensical even given the premise of fairy magic (at least taken as a series--this particular book is not so bad), the dialog and vocabulary insipid, and the characters uninspiring.

Rachael and Kirsty solve problems not with common sense, bravery or ingenuity, but by using magic fairy bags given to them by the Fairy King and Queen. Their biggest challenges seem to be 1) running away from goblins (which look about 5 inches high in the illustrations) and 2) remembering to use the magic fairy bags when the goblins frighten them too much.

I also feel exploited. These books are $7 each, in series of addictive stories which could each easily be fit in one book. The Rainbow series alone will set you back $7*7=$49 if you pay the cover price of $6.99, and there seems to be no end in sight to the collections. Each book can easily be read in 1-2 sittings, so $6.99 doesn't get you much.

Another aspect which bothers me is this: the Rainbow fairies wear trendy teen age type clothing and are stick-thin. Rachael and Kirsty are extremely thin and trendy looking too. My 4 year old will be bombarded with these kinds of unrealistic body images by the media as it is. I don't want them appearing in her bedtime stories.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
My daughter loved reading this book, but a word of warning: the story does not end until the seventh book. If you plan to get this book you will need all seven in the series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By third time mom on July 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
The premise of the Rainbow Magic is that two vacationing girls meet and rescue seven fairies who have been banished to Rainspell Island by the evil Jack Frost. Pretty simple and straightforward stuff. The girls' characters are somewhat boring and bland. Although I've read over 20 of these books I still have a hard time keeping track which girl is which; that says a lot about how little we are told about the girls' personalities, etc. Each of the books is a mini-story; you will have to read all seven in the series in order to find out if Fairyland is saved by the return of the Rainbow Fairies. Then, there are several other sets of fairy books out there by the same author (Weather Fairies, Jewel Fairies, Fun Day Fairies, Party Fairies, Petal Fairies, Pet Keeper Fairies) so there is really no end to what that naughty Jack Frost will do and the girls keep helping out the fairies to save the day. Gets.sort.of.old.for.grownups.after.awhile. Many of the other series are not even for sale in the US yet; it seems as though Scholastic is picking them up and releasing them slowly. If your girls get really into the RM books then you'll be searching the ebay listings looking for the series that are only available overseas. A note, the UK/Austrailian versions are slightly different. For instance, the girls get in the "queue" at the carnival, instead of the "line". Or they come home for "tea" instead of a "snack". And of course in the UK there are just words that are spelled a little different. Just so you all know if you're chasing down the non-US series.

But moreover, the RM books are light, driveley books. None of them are really great literature or will show kids great writing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chuck R. on February 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a stay-at-home Dad whose daughter has also become addicted to these, and I believe her attraction has little to do with what the books have to offer in the way of storyline. She likes them because they are as non-challenging as a bad TV show.

The success of this lazy series confounds me. This first book aspires to little in the way of storyline, and the illustrations are among the worst I've seen in any child's book. Seemingly content with this low standard, the publisher has printed over 80 retreads of the exact same book, switching only the names, hairstyles and props (i.e. change Heather to Stacie, substitute hamster for basketball, etc.) The villains are the same in every book we've read: all male goblins led by baddie Jack Frost who like to steal things from the fairy world and start scavenger hunts in the real world. The heroines are the same, and they deal with the same problems in the same tiresome way as noted previously.

Parents, please do yourselves a favor: don't get started on these when there are so many better substitutes: Magic TreeHouse series, American Girl, Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, etc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By a book lover on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ruby the Red fairy is the first book in a series of 7 books about the Rainbow Fairies. The books that follow are Amber the Orange Fairy, Sunny the Yellow Fairy (she is also called Saffron in some editions; not sure why the publishers changed her name, but it is otherwise the same book), Fern the Green Fairy, Sky the Blue Fairy, Izzy the Indigo Fairy, and Heather the Violet Fairy. The seven fairies have been cast out of Fairy Land by nasty Jack Frost, and two human girls must find each of the fairies and reunite them with each other and return them to Fairy Land. Each individual book tells the complete story of the girls finding that particular fairy, but we won't know if the girls are successful in returning them all to Fairy Land until the 7th book.

Is this great literature? No. Is it compelling to a five year old girl? Yes! Do compelling stories encourage a love of books? Yes! Not only are these books perfect read-alouds, they are also terrific books for young readers ready to read chapter books on their own.

My kindergarten daughter is a good reader, able to read beginning readers like Frog and Toad on her own. She was getting through each such book quickly, yet chapter books like Magic Tree House books were still a bit too much for her. Then we discovered these Rainbow Fairy books, and they have been the perfect stepping stone for her into chapter books. There is a lot of white space on the page, so the page isn't crowded with words, and there are illustrations on every page spread, too. It's been a thrill for her and for me to have her sit down and read an entire chapter book all by herself, then be eager to move on to the next one. She's proudly and excitedly showing the books to her friends, and now they want to read them, too!
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