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The Book of Fairies: Nature Spirits from Around the World Hardcover – August, 1997

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Grade 4-6?A lackluster collection in which stories from the mid-1800s and early 1900s have been adapted by Williams in a workmanlike fashion. This title boasts of nature spirit tales from around the world, but the stories are rather flat, lacking the magic that one would expect in such a book. Instead, lessons abound and many a mortal learns kindness, humility, and generosity at the hands of the wee sprites. Barrett's profuse illustrations are vivid and appealing but lack distinction. Most libraries will be well satisfied with the various Lang fairy books and never miss this unimpressive offering.?Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 5^-7, younger for reading aloud. Many of the most popular fairy tales are not really about fairies, but this anthology offers retellings of tales in which fairies play a starring role. The introduction gives some general history of fairies' role in mythology and uses examples from the stories in the collection to establish a link between fairies and the natural world. The eight stories have been drawn from such diverse countries as France, Ireland, Japan, and India. The story choices are good, and the retellings are competent. Robin Barrett's illustrations, in airy pastel colors, lend a lovely, ethereal quality that enhances the text. Youngsters may enjoy searching the pictures for the flowers and trees said to be associated with fairies, which are described in the closing section "Fairy Flora." This section, the introduction, and the source notes will be helpful research aids. Lauren Peterson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Words Pub Co; childrens book edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885223560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885223562
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on April 20, 1998
Throughout time there has been a very human fascination with "little people", otherwise known as fairies. Whenever something happened that couldn't quite be explained, it was often attributed to the "fairies".
THE BOOK OF FAIRIES: Nature Spirits From Around The World by Rose Williams is an exquisite anthology of tales from the fairy realm that brings together stories from all over the world. The beautiful illustrations by Robin T. Barrett bring these fanciful tales to life in radiant "Fairy" colors.
Williams' fairy stories show the deep connection between fairies and nature. There are stories here from a variety of cultures, including Irish, English, Chinese, French, and even American Indian. Each story explains how the "fairies" help humans in many different situations.
Although marketed as a children's book, anyone interested in the fairy realm will find THE BOOK OF FAIRIES a fascinating volume.
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By katealex4 on September 30, 2011
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My daughter loves fairy stories and I find it hard to find books about fairies that are not commericialized (ie. Disney). I loved this book! It has interesting stories with beautiful illustrations. Each story has a lesson that is learned...it reminds me of Grimm's fariy tales, except not gruesome and about fairies! Great for Waldorf families or not!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By manuel on May 27, 2000
I like everything about the faeries, I have many books about it, amd I think that this book is more good than many others like that, the text and the illustration is good, I need it
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