- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books (August 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736424563
- ISBN-13: 978-0736424561
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beck Beyond the Sea (Disney Fairies) Paperback – August 14, 2007
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Beck's job is to take care of Mother Dove, the source of all goodness in Pixie Hollow. Beck wants to explore all of Never Land, beyond where fairies roam. But how to fly there? Her fairy wings won't take her far enough. She tries wing extenders, then a tiny sleigh, but neither work. Finally, some special fairy dust from sneaky fairy Vidia does the trick.
Traveling with the brilliant Explorer Birds, Beck's adventures include dodging flying ice, being plucked out of ocean by a seagull and riding aboard a rabbit and a fox.
Back home, Beck learns to her shame that, since she left Mother Dove unprotected, Vidia stole her magical feathers! With a little help from the animals, Vidia gets her comeuppance and Mother Dove forgives her.
The quality presentation includes a lovely cover portrait of Beck that's complete with sparkles on her wings. The book's reading level is 2.7.
her adventures were waaaay too short. I loved the concept of the explorer birds and the striped sea and the desert with the sand that talks but I wish Beck had spent more time exploring, I was real disappointed in how rushed it was.
I hated how Vidia ended up being the bad guy too since she's one of my favorite fairies. but overall this is one of the best fairy books in the series! definitely in my top 3!
Written by Kirsten Larsen; Illustrated by Denise Shimabukuro
(Disney/Random House, 2007)
This is one of the more engaging books in Disney's Tinker Bell-related Pixie Hollow series, albeit one with an interesting subtext. Beck, an "animal-talent" fairy with a close connection to the mystical creature called Mother Dove, who is the font of magic in the fairyland called Pixie Hollow. Beck is also restless and dreams of seeing the wide world outside, and tries various means to become able to fly with the migrating birds who fly across the seas. Each of her experiments fails, and she is gulled into trusting bad-girl fairy Vidia, who gives her a way to fly farther and faster than any other fairy -- an illegal supply of super-duper fairy dust, which Vidia made from feathers that were plucked from Mother Dove herself. Beck resists, but is ultimately too tempted by her own desires, and when she finally uses the dust, she is propelled into the most exciting journey of her life.
The anti-drug message is unmistakable, although curiously mixed. Beck (and more to the point, Vidia) get into trouble in the end for using the illicit fairy dust, and yet Beck does have a liberating, life-enriching experience which she does not seem to regret. Beck is made less culpable because she returns as a hero, helping catch Vidia in the act of stealing more feathers -- and yet her use of the illicit powder itself is not clearly condemned. Who knew the folks at Disney had this much moral relativism in them? At any rate, this is also one of the more fun and imaginative Pixie Hollow books -- Beck's journey to foreign lands is exciting and evocative, and this makes for one of the strongest narratives in the series. Definitely worth checking out if you're into the other books! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
Here, Beck's fascination with animals (she is an animal talent) leads her into an interest in exploring, and eventually to Vidia for advice.
It is too bad Vidia is usually being portrayed as the "bad girl". Her "speed talent" has become a "speed addiction" so she tends to break rules and disregard everything else as pointless. Her independent streak is her strength, but also her weakness because she is ALWAYS alienated from the "group"
I was excited at first when Vidia and Beck started talking because they would make a POWERFUL adventuring team! But no,... Beck is instead portrayed as not too bright and Vidia goes back to being an outcast.
I have said this before but I love the Disney fairies series more than Disney Princesses. The fairies find what their purpose is by finding their talent. Princesses kind of wait for fate to decide what their lives may be.
There are some holes in the story that was left unanswered. The fact that no one found who was hurting Mother Dove. Other than that it was a fairly entertaining book.