- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Series: Fairy Realm
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (May 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061208450
- ISBN-13: 978-0061208454
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fairy Realm: Enter the Realm: Three Adventures Hardcover – May 8, 2007
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About the Author
Emily Rodda has written many books for children, including Finders Keepers, which School Library journal dubbed "a lively adventure," and several novels about the likable hero Rowan. The first of these novels, Rowan of Rin, won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award when it was first published. In fact, Emily Rodda has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award an unprecedented five times. A former editor, Ms. Rodda is also the best-selling author of adult mysteries under the name Jennifer Rowe. She lives in Australia.
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Fairy Realm: Enter the Realm includes the first three stories of prolific Australian author Emily Rodda's delightful Fairy Realm series and serves as a wonderful introduction to traditional fantasy for young children.
In the first story of the series, we meet Jessie who, along with her mother, is spending some time with her grandmother while the elderly woman recovers from a fall. Jessie loves her grandmother and her grandmother's home, Blue Moon and, as the story starts, is dismayed that her mother is suggesting that it may no longer be safe for her grandmother to live alone. (Both Jessie's father and her grandfather, who was a well-known fantasy artist, have passed away.) Though she doesn't want her grandmother to have to leave her beloved home, Jessie is very concerned about her and about the fact that she seems to have lost her "spark". As it turns out, Jessie has cause to be concerned. The charm bracelet her grandmother always wears has gone missing and without it, her grandmother is unable to remember something very important that she must do.
Before long Jessie learns that her grandmother is in fact, the true queen of the Realm, a magical world that can be entered through a secret gateway in Blue Moon's garden. With the aid of some creatures she meets after traveling to the Realm by accident, Jessie races to discover how to help her grandmother regain her memory in time to save the Realm by renewing its magic.
Jessie is a likeable character - caring and kind, adventurous, brave and very normal. Kids will find her "approachable", will look up to her and will enjoy cheering her on. They'll also be delighted by the magical creatures and objects found in the pages of this book. I've been reading this series to my four year old granddaughter who is very into fairies right now. (She enjoys this series far more than the Disney Pixie Hollow fairy stories or J.H. Sweet's Fairy Chronicles, two other series we tried.) She loves Jessie, talks about the stories long after we've finished them and has even named some of her stuffed animals after characters in the books.
The Fairy Realm consists of ten books, the first three of which are included in this volume. Over the course of the series, Jessie meets many different kinds of fairies and magical creatures (the titles often indicate what kind), finding some friendly and others less so. In most of the stories, Jessie faces a problem or a predicament to be solved rather than an evil person or creature plotting something diabolical. Danger exists, but I don't find it too intense for my granddaughter. (Of course parents should always make that determination for themselves.)
Each of the books is 100 pages long with 10 chapters of 10 pages each, leading me to believe that Rodda is a far more organized person than I. A lovely black and white illustration by Raoul Vitale prefaces each chapter and will help children envision scenes and characters. The books build on each other to some extent but not to the degree that a child will have difficulty remembering important plot points from previous entries in the series. Nor will reading the stories out of order cause much disruption to the series' overarching plot which is a bit thin.
The Fairy Realm series in order:
Fairy Realm #1: The Charm Bracelet
Fairy Realm #2: The Flower Fairies
Fairy Realm #3: The Third Wish
Fairy Realm #4: The Last Fairy-Apple Tree (Fairy Realm)
Fairy Realm #5: The Magic Key
Fairy Realm #6: The Unicorn
Fairy Realm #7: The Star Cloak
Fairy Realm #8: The Water Sprites
Fairy Realm #9: The Peskie Spell
Fairy Realm #10: The Rainbow Wand
While the Fairy Realm books may lack complexity and depth of character, they're entertaining, fun and make great read-aloud stories. My granddaughter is having a wonderful time swimming with mermaids, meeting unicorns and partying with Pixies. Her enjoyment adds to my own. I also appreciate the fact that this series isn't tied to seemingly endless merchandising - it makes for a nice change! :-)
**Though I normally do not like to label books "for girls" or "for boys", my guess is that this series will hold far greater appeal for girls. If, after looking one of the volumes over, you come to the same conclusion - and you're shopping for a boy - you might consider checking out another of Rodda's series, Rowan of Rin. Rowan's adventures may hold more appeal for the little man in your life than do Jessie's.
If you like Rodda's style, she is also the author of the Deltora Quest and its related series Deltora Shadowlands and Dragons of Deltora. Her current series is about an alternate world called Rondo. All are for slightly older kids - perhaps 8-11?**