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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Gr 1–3—Seven-year-old Piper Green lives on an island off the coast of Maine and is a delight. Clever and witty, she takes listeners on a jaunty journey through the first few days of second grade. Wearing her older brother's monkey earmuffs (he has gone to high school on the mainland, and she misses him), Piper has a rough start with her new teacher who looks like a princess, but definitely is not. First she assigns seats, and then she tells Piper to remove the earmuffs. Piper does not want to go back; she ditches the lobster-boat "school bus" and hides in a tree. Hidden treasures combine with erstwhile family stories from plucky old Mrs. Pennypocket, and the backyard tree transforms into a fairy tree! Tavia Gilbert's narration is at once delightfully second-grade-squeaky and resolute. The action-driven story moves at a pleasantly brisk pace. VERDICT Listeners will love spending time with these sweet and interestingly quirky characters. ["While the writing style is clear with a strong use of vocabulary, Piper herself is two-dimensional": SLJ 7/15 review of the Knopf book.]—Jane Newschwander, Fluvanna County Public Schools, VA --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers." --Kirkus Reviews
★"Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic. Piper has a winning combination of stubbornness, loyalty, and independence, which Leng ably portrays in her loosely inked, gently humorous artwork."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Piper is brave and tough on the surface, and her sense of loss lies at the heart of the conflict. Written with humor as well as pathos, the first-person text shows her confused emotions and her resiliency as well. An appealing debut for the series." --Booklist
"Potter puts her own stamp on the spunky-quirky-stubborn girl story. . . . A satisfying, accessible, funny early chapter book." --The Horn Book
"As a character, Piper is an every girl - smart and sensitive, silly and mischievous. The story is told in first person, and her voice is straightforward and honest . . .
A bit weird. A bit wonderful. And there's more on the way. Good."-- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal blog 100 Scope Notes
“Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic.” —Publishers Weekly starred review