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The Night Fairy [Kindle Edition]

Laura Amy Schlitz , Angela Barrett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do — like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach — so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory’s demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic — a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.


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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2010: You don’t have to be a follower of those mysterious winged creatures to love this unique fairy tale from 2009 Newbery Medal-winner Laura Amy Schlitz. The book’s heroine, Flory is certainly not your garden variety fairy. After losing her wings in a run-in with a bat, she must learn to survive among the hungry daylight creatures of the Giantess’s garden.   Between pesky squirrels, cagey spiders, and stubborn hummingbirds, Flory's got her work cut out for herself. But, this fearless fairy quickly learns how skills like quick thinking, diplomacy, compassion, and acts of bravery can take her farther than her lost wings ever could. The Night Fairy makes an enchanting read-aloud story, as well as a gem to be treasured in the hands of readers of all ages. From its petite format and shimmering blue interior to Angela Barrett’s exquisite illustrations, every detail of this little volume is perfectly suited to its small, but mighty subject.  --Lauren Nemroff

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 1–4—Flory is a night fairy who is still becoming accustomed to her beautiful mothlike wings when a run-in with a bat drops her into a strange garden unable to fly. She is forced to learn to survive in the daylight and takes up residence in a birdhouse in a Giantess's garden. Flory, no taller than an acorn, struggles at first with squirrels, hummingbirds, spiders, and other creatures that do not look at the world the same way she does. She quickly learns that kindness, compassion, generosity, and bravery can help her to make much-needed friends. Written in short chapters, this beautifully crafted tale works equally well as a read-aloud or as independent reading. Barrett's full-color watercolor illustrations add depth and perspective to the story. Detailed and drawn to scale, they give readers a sense of just how tiny Flory is compared to the other animals. Children will enjoy looking at this garden from the perspective of the tiny but resilient protagonist. Sure to be a favorite among girls who love fairies.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763636746
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SH74XC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book bursting with creativity March 1, 2010
Format:Hardcover
My librarian recommended this for my 5 y.o. but suggested I read it first to make sure the content was appropriate for her. I couldn't put it down. The writing is beautiful and the illustrations made me wish the fairy would leap out of the book and be a part of my world. I can't wait to read this to my daughter.

I also think this would be an excellent book for kids who are ready to take the next step to bigger chapter books. The language, while beautiful, is easy to read and each chapter is interesting and fast paced. The content is engaging and the character goes through some emotional development that may be age appropriate for the 7 - 9 y.o. set.

I hope there will be sequels to this book.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairly perfect March 2, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Why do children, most notably little girls, like fairies? I think we can understand the princess allure. Princesses get to wear frilly clothes, sparkles, and absolutely everyone has to obey them. So why are fairies also popular? Laura Amy Schlitz has a theory. Princesses wear corsets. Fairies don't. Princesses have responsibilities. Fairies don't. Princesses spend a lot of time inside castles. Fairies spend a lot of time outdoors. If the romance of the princess is that you get to be above the rough and tumble everyday realities of life, the romance of the fairy is that you get to be in the thick of it. Flying, running, dodging, hiding, and getting to be in nature like no other creature. Now Ms. Schlitz has created a fairy story for her future "wild women of America". On the surface, The Night Fairy looks like a beautiful object d'art. Wriggle inside its pages, though, and you're reading the story about the kind of creature who fights monsters one minute, and sews herself the most delicate of flower blossom dresses the next. Beauty and excitement all in one slim little package.

"Flory was a night fairy." Was, I'm afraid. Like others of her kind she was perfectly content to flit about at night. Unfortunately Flory was born with lovely luminous wings so pretty that one night a bat crunches them by mistake, and Flory finds herself wingless. Alone and hurt in a strange garden, she becomes determined to be a day fairy and sets about taking care of herself. She befriends a hungry squirrel and the two help one another out. She makes herself a home in a birdhouse In the midst of all of this, however, she still longs to fly again. One day she sees a hummingbird and becomes determined to tame and ride it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This fairy is no wimp! March 30, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is sure to be ranked right up there with the works of Kenneth Grahame and Beatrix Potter. I am not a fairy fan... my tastes run to fantasy with more of an edge so I have most always steered clear of fairies in the books I recommend to my library patrons. This book has changed my mind. Flory is a fairy with attitude! After losing her wings in a bat accident, she is forced to make a life for herself on her own in a garden full of creatures such a squirrels, spiders, birds, giantesses and even the dreaded bats. She shows ingenuity and spunk as she learns to defend herself, gather her own food and to make a true home. Her adventures are exciting and her "negotiations" with the local animals in order to get what she wants are priceless.

The illustrations are charming and really add to the story - they strike just the right note of whimsy. I would recommend this to anyone, no matter what their age. It took me back to when I was a kid and my favorite book was Wind in the Willows. Don't miss this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I read this book this weekend because I needed to knock down my TBR pile. I was reluctant to read this novel because fairies are not really my thing. The cover gave me the impression of a lovely sweet little story that some kids love. That is not my cup of tea. I started to read the book and found myself realizing that there are some lessons to be learned from this book.

1. Don't let things that we cannot control affect who we are. Flory tries to be something she is not after losing her wings. Her journey helps her to open her eyes about judging others, but she tried way too hard to be something that she was not. How many people(including ourselves) have fallen prey to this mindset?

2. Don't judge a book by its cover. As I write this I chuckle to myself realizing that is exactly what I did with this book. The larger meaning is that we are so quick to judge and stereotype and not give people a chance without ever giving them an opportunity to express or display who they really are. Working at a middle school I see this phenomenon all the time. How do we stop people from juding so quickly? I wish I had an answer, but it is something we are all guilty of at some point in our lives.

3. What goes around comes around......the whole full circle concept. I completed this book and felt like I needed to watch the Lion King scene

We can only control our own actions. If we live life the way it should be lived, then we will find ourselves right back where we need to be only with more knowledge and insight to live better.

I went deep with this book designed for younger ages. It is a good read. I rather found myself doing more reflection on my own life from this book than any self help book. Check it out and see what you learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book I ever read!!!!!!!!!!!
the book was amazing once i picked it up i could not put it down! If I had all the time in the world I would only read this one book:)
Published 29 days ago by sidney barcelona
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, I wanted more
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nine year old daughter says "It was nice because I liked the details. The squirrel was funny. Really enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Regina Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done little story - perfectly crafted with lovely...
Beautifully done little story - perfectly crafted with lovely accompanying illustrations. Appreciated the way this small story has just the right details to pull you into Flory's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, simple story
This is a fun book with a simple story that young children can understand. I have been reading it to my 5 year old and she loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
for adults who love faries
Published 3 months ago by Marie Player
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the use of advanced vocabulary words used in the ...
Just an ok story. I like the use of advanced vocabulary words used in the story.
Published 3 months ago by skigem
5.0 out of 5 stars The night fairy review
I gave this book a rating of five stars.
It was a great book and I hope I will get the chance to read more books like it.
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Parkhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a beautiful story.
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More About the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the 2008 Newbery Medal-winning GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, illustrated by Robert Byrd, and the 2013 Newbery Honor book SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS. She is also the author of A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA; THE NIGHT FAIRY; THE HERO SCHLIEMAN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY; and THE BEARSKINNER: A STORY OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, a retelling illustrated by Max Grafe. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a lower school librarian at the Park School.

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