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Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Read MacDonald , Susan Mitchell
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Book Description

There was once an old woman who hated chores. "Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!" One day some fairies show up. They . . . clankety-clankety-clankety — clean all the dishes. Swishety-swishety-swishety —sweep the house. Flumpety-flumpety-flumpety — shake out the bedclothes. Clickety-clickety-clickety — work on all the knitting. But then there is nothing left to do. So, they tear everything apart and start again! Clankety-clankety-clankety, swishety-swishety-swishety . . . . The fairies are driving the old woman crazy! How will she get them to leave? Lively watercolor illustrations add to this Celtic retelling by master storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald. An author’s note is also included.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—An old woman grumbles, "Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!" Her complaining soon brings four fairies to her door to perform her chores—washing dishes, sweeping, making the bed, and knitting. But all of the help still can't stop her from complaining about all the noise the fairies are making: "clankety, clankety," "swishety, swishety," "lumpety, flumpety," and "clickety clickety." "These fairies are driving me crazy!" she laments. But when she tells them to stop, they begin to reverse all of their chores, tearing everything apart. A visit to the village wise one teaches the complaining old woman a lesson about being content with her own situation. This Scottish folktale is subtle but effective in its message of humility. The illustrations are folksy and warm with amusing detail. Notable are the old woman's pointed shoes, the fairies' woodland-creature apparel, and the animation of ordinary household items. A fun read-aloud.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A fairy tale in which the fairies get fired, MacDonald's take on a Scottish-Irish folktale starts with an old woman who hates housework. A voice from outside calls (“Your luck has come! Open the door! / Let me in and you'll work no more!”), and soon several fairies have taken over her house, doing all the chores to which the old woman has grown accustomed. When she yells “Fairies STOP!” because they're so “rackety,” they proceed to take apart all they have done, so that they can start all over again. The sound effects—from “clankety clankety” to “swishety swishety”—make this a fun read-aloud, and Mitchell's full-of-green pictures are engaging domestic scenes with a little fairy dust thrown in. The tale ends with the old woman luring the sprites outside and incapacitating household objects so that they can't help the fairies back in. As the knitting needles say, “We're stuck in the yarn; we cannot get out!” The last page features the happy old woman alone with her chores. Grades K-2. --Abby Nolan

Product Details

  • File Size: 7294 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (January 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00759AKRW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great folklore for reading aloud June 24, 2010
Margaret Read MacDonald is fabulous at taking classic stories from around the world and turning them into fantastic books to read aloud. She has an uncanny knack for nailing the perfect storyteller's rhythm, and this book is no exception. A great story about an old woman who is constantly complaining about too much work, until some fairies arrive to help her out. She soon learns that there can be "Too Many Fairies" and has to control her own complaints in order to sort out the fairies' mess. As with all of MacDonald's work, there are plenty of opportunities here to engage the audience, to really "ham it up" and of course some great sound effects to play with. The illustrations are bold and vibrant and perfectly complement all the action. This story is as much fun to read as it is to listen to and I would recommend it for older preschoolers all the way through second grade. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My granddaughter loves this book! March 15, 2014
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She thinks of herself as a fairy queen. She is thrilled each time I give her one of these books. She can name all of the fairies. Especially love the fact that some of the books progress from her reading level and beyond, so she can pick one up and read it to her little brother. Interest is there as she plays teacher, reading, and actually learning all about sentences and bigger words as she enjoys herself. The true testament to "Reading and Learning can be FUN!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children ages 4 and up will love it September 21, 2010
"Too Many Fairies" is based on an old Celtic fairy tale told in Scotland and Ireland. Beautifully illustrated with brightly painted mischievous fairies and cozy cottage settings, "Too Many Fairies" is told in a lilting narrative style that is song-like and effervescent with gay rhythms. A little old lady learns that if she wants to stop too many fairies from helping her with her housework, she must learn to stop complaining. Children ages 4 and up will love "Too Many Fairies."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for my Waldorf kid March 12, 2013
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We are a Waldorf-inspired family, and in our world fairies are less as Disney portrays them and more as they are depicted here -- helpful but a bit mischievous. I know this is Celtic, but there are many similarities. This book gets the 'look' right as well. We enjoyed both the message of the book and these connections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Faries July 12, 2012
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I love this book! My daughter and I have read it at least 20 times since we have gotten it! Be careful what you wish for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cute Story thats not hard to read June 10, 2014
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My six year old daughter loves reading this story and its not to hard for her read at all. She loves reading it to her baby sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! June 1, 2014
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I borrowed this book from the library and both my 3 year old daughter and 6 year old son loved this book so much that we bought it. My daughter quotes the book as she walks around they house. Cute little story unlike any we have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and engaging children's book April 2, 2014
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This is a firm favorite with my young daughters. Nice use of language and pictures. Age rating 3 - 7 years. Has a good moral about learning to enjoy what you do.
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More About the Author

Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald travels the world telling stories....always on the lookout for more great folktales to share. She shapes these found stories into tellable tales which anyone can share with ease. Filling her folktale collections with these delightful tales, she creates perfect read alouds for you and your family. MRM wants everyone to experience the joy of a beautifully told tale. She hopes you will read them a few times...then put down the book...put down the electronic device...and just TELL the story to your children!

Some of her favorite folktales she expands into picture books...hopefully with delightfully readable language while will roll right out of your mouth. Share them with your children and then....act the tales out! Revisit the tales by TELLING them! At bedtime. While on the road. Fill your pockets with great stories to share wherever you go.

Joining her Folklore Ph.D. with her 30 plus years as a children's librarian, Margaret brings folktales to life in playful, lilting language which should delight both reader and listener.

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