- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375838546
- ISBN-13: 978-0375838545
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little Fur: The Legend Begins Hardcover – October 24, 2006
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When she learns of an evil plot to destroy the world's trees, Little Fur, half-elf, half-troll girl, vows to save her own magical forest, but soon is embroiled on a quest to save the earth spirit itself. This tiny healer does not set out to be a heroine, but her steadfast determination and loyal heart sets her on that path in spite of her quiet, almost timid ways. Along with her crow and cat companions, red-headed Little Fur wends her way from comforting greenspaces to alarming city streets. Since her feet must never leave the ground (otherwise she would lose touch with the flow of earth magic), Little Furs route is meandering, long, and fraught with the danger of humans, trolls, and other nefarious creatures. In spite of it all, she finally approaches the chasm where earths Old Ones supposedly dwell. Can this tiny Halfling do what no others have been able to do and save the earth spirit?
Isobelle Carmody's enchanting though moralistic eco-fantasy will delight those who love to lose themselves in tales of elves, brownies, and Hobbits. Although Little Fur is somewhat lacking in humor, the elf-troll-eye view of humans is entertaining and astute, and the adventure in is in the classic, satisfying, good versus evil vein. --Emilie Coulter
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Grade 3-6–Nestled deep within a secret wilderness carefully concealed from human eyes lives a small half-elf, half-troll girl. Little Fur is sworn to protect the seven ancient trees that connect directly to the earth-spirit, but learns that fire-loving humans may soon harm her precious enclave. Uncertain of what to do, Little Fur seeks advice from a wise owl, setting her on a quest to awaken the one creature that might bring humanity back to its senses. Accompanied by two cats and a wisecracking crow, the little creature faces her fears and proves that even the smallest heroine can make a difference. This benign eco-fantasy treads familiar territory with its tale of respecting the world around us. It's enjoyable, if occasionally more didactic than necessary. The simple pen-and-ink illustrations are pleasant but don't always pair up well with the action. Also, the book leaves questions regarding Little Fur's ancestry unanswered, setting the stage for future titles in the series. A story best enjoyed by children looking for a low-key fantasy series akin to Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon books (Scholastic).–Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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In this novel, Little Fur is an elf troll. Her father was an elf and her mother was a troll. She doesn't smell bad like purebred trolls.
Brownie is a pony. He lives in a stable nearby and jumps the fence to visit Little Fur. He is fascinated with elves.
Crow is a city bird who had flown into a tree. Little Fur nursed him back to health and he visits her to tell stories of the crazy humans.
Ginger and Sly are feral cats living in the city. They have been healed by Little Fur and are her friends.
In this story, Little Fur lives among the seven Old Ones. They are giant trees hidden by brush and magic spells. They whisper to her when she is close.
Brownie is full of energy and offers to carry her on his back. Little Fur refuses because she always has to touch the earth magic. Riding on him will break her connection to the magic and she may never get it back again.
Crow has come to tell Little Fur about the latest human craziness. He says a pack of humans are sneaking out at night to burn trees. He had learned the news from a possum, who had heard it from the picture box.
Little Fur is horrified by the news, but waits for Brownie to come for a second opinion. Brownie often disparages Crow's news as wild speculation. Yet this time he confirms the story and says that the humans are very angry about the tree burners.
Crow tells Little Fur that she should seek the advice of the Sett Owl. Unfortunately, she lives in the city at Beak House. Little Fur is afraid of the city, but that evening she dreams among the roots of the Old Ones.
The next morning, Little Fur has decided to seek the Sett Owl. Crow will go with her and two cats will also accompany her. She waits until night to avoid the humans.
This tale takes Little Fur into the unknown. Her guides lead the way, with Crow flying overhead and the cats prowling before her. Ginger and Sly also hunt for food as they are scouting the way.
Little Fur expects the Sett Owl to produce a hero to foil the tree burners. Yet she states that it is Little Fur's quest. Little Fur doesn't feel like a hero, but promises to do whatever she can.
Little Fur has much trouble staying in contact with earth magic in the city. The next installment in this sequence is A Fox Called Sorrow.
Highly recommended for Carmody fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of fairy creatures, desperate quests, and a persevering female. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin