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Marigold and the Feather of Hope, The Journey Begins (The Fairy Chronicles) Paperback – May 1, 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
Book 1 of 11 in the Fairy Chronicles Series

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Nine-year-old Beth Parish dreads spending two summer weeks with odd Aunt Evelyn. Things change when Evelyn reveals she and Beth are fairies. With Evelyn's guidance, Beth, a marigold fairy, learns how to transform, fly, and use her wand. When the Feather of Hope (which keeps hope alive in the world) is taken, Beth, with her dachshund, Pete, joins other fairies in a plan to retrieve it from a gremlin-occupied house. This first title of the originally self-published Fairy Chronicles series combines traditional fairy and contemporary elements with a likeable protagonist, who comes to appreciate her new abilities and responsibilities. The rescue is suspenseful, and Sweet laces the story with light humor and abundant fantasy details (fairies communicate via nut messaging). The colorful, classically styled illustrations, new to this edition, occasionally don't match the text (characters drink root beer from bottles not mugs as shown), but they are quite appealing, as is the use of decorative lettering here and there. An accessible, enjoyable story for readers who can't seem to get enough about magical spirits. Rosenfeld, Shelle

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Magic surrounds us, though we can't always see it. Gnomes add color to the plants in our gardens, doves deliver our good dreams, gremlins occasionally break our things and Mother Nature keeps the balance between the light and the dark. But just because you can't see something doesn't mean it can't hurt you.

Luckily, Mother Nature has blessed some otherwise ordinary girls with an extraordinary gift: in addition to being girls, they have been granted a fairy spirit, each one as unique and beautiful as the girls themselves, each as wild and powerful as their counterparts in nature. Watch Dragonfly zoom by with the speed of her namesake, or witness Firefly use the incredible light that shines within her. Each fairy spirit is a powerful gift granting the girls who use them the ability to do amazing feats. But with power comes responsibility and the fairies might have the hardest of job of all: to protect Mother Nature and us, even though we don't even know they existed. Until now...

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on November 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a really good book. It is about a girl who finds out she is a fairy. Then she has to go with her friends to rescue the feather of hope from gremlins. I read this book to my little sister. She thinks it is the best book of all time. I think Harry Potter books are better because they are longer. She likes this book because it is shorter. Maybe this book is better because it is more about girls. Mom printed us another Fairy Chronicles book from the internet. We both like it because it is about a peaceful dragon. We are keeping it in a folder to read again. My sister wants a pussywillow wand. She will get one because she is five. I want a wooden wand because it is more grown up like Harry Potter. I want a daschund but I can't have one because we already have a poodle. This is a very very good book. You should read it.
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As a fairy lover and dachshund owner, I feel this book was written specifically for me. The author has found a charming way to work fairy lore into real life. I am especially delighted to discover exactly what gremlins are afraid of: stainless steel, vacuum cleaners, and dachshunds. Now, when I have a run of bad luck with things breaking, I know to step up my vacuuming and give my dachshund free run of the house. The girls in this story are very independent and courageous and are great role models for youngsters. A wonderful book for all ages.
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I just had to read this book after seeing all the rave reviews. I thought it was a little pricy, but hoped it would be worth it. I just read it to my 7 and 11 year old daughters. The 11 year old is long past any interest in fairies, but something in this story kept her coming back to hear more. The story doesn't take place in some fantasy world for the most part, it takes place in our world. The story just introduces us to some fairies, brownies and gremlins that we might "overlook" in our day to day lives. We really enjoyed the fresh approach, that Beth/Marigold was just an ordinary girl, and her transformation back and forth between fairy and little girl was something we could all relate to without a huge stretch of the imagination. The story doesn't talk down to children, and while short, it is wonderfully creative. I think my money was well spent and hope to see book 2 soon! My older daughter says she especially liked Aunt Evelyn because of her colorful personality.
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Beth is marigold fairy. She attends fairy circle and meets her new friends Dragonfly, Thistle, and Firefly. With help from Beth's dachshund, Peanut, they set out on a mission to rescue the Feather of Hope (the source of all hope on earth) from a house full of nasty gremlins.

This story is highly imaginative and presents a new twist on traditional fairy lore because the fairies are real girls living among us. With an emphasis on respect for nature, tolerance of differences, and helping others, this book has the power to teach as well as entertain. Add in an adorable dog and fun aspects such as the fairies' love for lemon jellybeans, and the gremlins' fear of vacuum cleaners, dachshunds, and stainless steel, and you have a great story to enjoy again and again. Recommended read for all peoples and ages, particularly girls ages 8-14.
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A Kid's Review on December 22, 2004
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I did a book report on this book. My teacher wanted me to pick a more serious book, but she still gave me an A when she found out how important fairies are in the world. At first I picked this book to read because it is short, but I read it twice. So it didn't matter. I like the dog and the gremlins in this story. I also like that the story is both fun and serious. Some of my friends want to read this book, but I'm not sure if I want them to borrow it. I am afraid I might not get it back. If any of them read it twice it might get bent up. But my Mom says I should share because I have more books than they do. I have a lot of books. If I am a fairy I want to be a firefly or dragonfly instead of a flower. Firefly can light up. Dragonfly is faster and can play soccer better. If I am a fairy, I want an older fairy to tell me soon so I can start doing my job as a fairy. I could do the job. I am responsible. I take care of a cat and a guinea pig. I liked this book a lot.
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Marigold and The Feather of Hope is a must read for all ages. Girls, ages 7-14, will find strength, power, and wisdom in J.H. Sweet's words. Vivid, colorful characters and settings make the story come alive. The story-line is captivating and intriguing, and it keeps you reading until the last page. Looking forward to the next books in the series.
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My Aunt Evelyn gave me this book because I love fairies. I'm happy there's a lady in the book named Aunt Evelyn. That makes it more special.

I loved the fairies, gremlins, and all the fun characters.

Peanut is so cute and funny.

I loved the way they all talked and I hope the author writes another one soon.

My name is Heather. I'm ten years old.

Thank you, lady, for the cool book.
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Anyone interested in children's literature will enjoy this book. It is very well written -- has fun, adventure and good lessons to be learned. Also rekindles memories of younger days for the "older crowd". I hope to see much more by this author! The world needs more good fairy tales.
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