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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: Fabulous Fairy Stories


Friday, April 8, 2011

Fabulous Fairy Stories

Picture Books

Pish and Posh by Barbara Bottner - When Pish and Posh discover fairy magic, they face a series of wacky surprises.

Pish and Posh Wish for Fairy Wings by Barbara Bottner - Best friends and beginner fairies Pish and Posh receive encouragement from the Monster Under the Bed as they each try to make four wise wishes in order to earn their wings.

Fanny's Dream by Caralyn Buehner - Farm girl dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother does not arrive, she decides on a local farmer instead, and does not regret her decision.

The Wishing of Biddy Malone by Joy Cowley - In Ireland, a young girl who cannot sing, dance, or control her temper stumbles across a faerie village, where a beautiful boy asks her to name her three wishes--but does not promise to grant them for her.

Where the Giant Sleeps by Mem Fox - Illustrations and rhyming text portray the different residents of fairyland and where each one goes to sleep.

King Puck by Michael Garland - With the help of fairies, Seamus the farmer and his scrawny goat win top honors at a festival in Killorglin, Ireland, and receive a lifetime supply of books.

Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham - Annabelle finds a family of fairies in the cement and weeds, and they sing and dance for her when she gives them tea.

Nata by Helen V. Griffith - Nata, the fairy, acts oddly on the first day of summer and the other small insects and animals soon discover the reason.

Good Night Fairies by Kathleen Hague - At bedtime, a mother tells her curious child about the things that fairies do, like hang the stars in the evening sky and care for the toys that children have lost.

Robin Goodfellow and the Giant Dwarf by Michael Jennings - A mischievous elf plays a prank on a slow-witted giant.

Little Bunny Foo Foo by Paul Brett Johnson - In an adaptation of the children's song, the good fairy tells of her efforts to make the naughty bunny behave and what happens when these efforts fail.

The Youngest Fairy Godmother Ever by Stephen Krensky - Mavis tries to pursue her goal of playing fairy godmother and granting wishes to those around her, but she finds the process trickier than she thought.

The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Helen Lester - When three boastful magicians try to outdo one another, they create a problem that can be solved only when they work together.

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty by James Mayhew - After finishing her ballet class, Ella Bella listens to music from Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty ballet and is magically transported into the story where the ballet takes place. She meets all the story's characters and she watches as the legendary tale unfolds before her very eyes.

Willa the Wonderful by Susan Milord - When Willa announces her career goal to be a fairy princess her family and friends are skeptical, until the day she makes a real-life rescue.

Sidney Rella and the Glass Sneaker by Bernice Myers - Sidney Rella becomes a football player with a little help from his fairy godfather.

Finn and the Fairies by Lucia Oddino - Everyone in Aran Village believes in fairies — everyone but Finn the tailor. When hens don’t lay or cows dry up, the villagers blame the fairies, and take extra care not to anger the creatures. Finn just laughs. “What foolish superstitions!” he declares. When King Bertrand announces a royal ball to find a wife for his son, Finn's talents as a tailor are in great demand. But much to his amazement, it’s not just the girls of the kingdom who need new gowns! How can he keep these mischievous new customers happy? Finn’s comical efforts to stay in the fairies’ good graces make for a lively and delightful story.

Gone with the Wand by Margie Palatini - When tooth fairy Edith B. Cuspid finds her friend Bernice Sparklestein, a fairy godmother whose work is legendary, having a very bad wand day, she tries to cheer her up by suggesting Bernice try other fairy jobs.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies by Ammi-Joan Paquette - Takes the reader on a journey to look for signs of fairies living nearby, from hiding places in tulips to a lookout post in a tree.

Alice the Fairy by David Shannon - Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.

Whoosh! Went the Wish by Toby Speed - All Henry wants is a cat, and when the mountain fairy finally grants his wish she grants a wish of her own at the same time.

The Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperring - Beloved characters from classic nursery rhymes collaborate to bake the most amazing birthday cake. "[T]he artwork adds to the brief text in a playful manner that invites participation...Preschoolers who know their nursery tales and Mother Goose rhymes will want to linger on each page and identify every member of the crowd...Fun for reading aloud to one child or many - the more, the merrier." - Booklist

The Sheep Fairy by Ruth Symes - A fairy helps Wendy Woolcoat, a sheep who is usually happy just to eat and sleep, realize her secret dream of flying.

Samantha by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Samantha, the smallest of the mouse children, thinks she needs a fairy godmother to protect her from her rougher brothers and sisters.

Patrick and the Fairy Thief by Margaret Wetterer - Patrick's peaceful life with his mother is disrupted when the fairies steal her.

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth by Jane Yolen - One Halloween night a fairy child befriends a human child and together they explore each other's worlds but neither wants to give up his or her own home.

Elfabet by Jane Yolen - Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a busy elf, engaged in an alphabetically appropriate activity and surrounded by objects beginning with the same letter.


Fiction

Fairy School Dropout by Meredith Badger - Although Elly hates being a fairy, she tries her very best to do well at the Mossy Blossom Academy for Young Fairies, since her parents have told her that another expulsion would mean no Fairy Licence.

Wings by E.D. Baker - When Tamisin discovers that she is half fairy, she decides to find out more answers directly from the fairies themselves, including her mother, the fairy queen.

The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks - A rebellious fairy named Tiki, already in trouble for breaking the rule against wearing jeans, risks the further wrath of the Fairy Queen by trying to fulfill a human's special request for help.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Birdie's Book by Jan Bozarth - When twelve-year-old Birdie goes to meet her grandmother, who is estranged from Birdie's mother, she learns a secret which leads to fantastic adventures, new understanding, and a renewed closeness among members of her family.

Fairy Nuff by Herbie Brennen - After mistakenly burning down his own cottage, Fairy Nuff finds that not only are the Widow Buhiss and some African ants after him, but also that the Queen urgently needs his help.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi - When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner - In 17th century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy world where her mother was born.

The Princess and the Unicorn by Carol Hughes - Joyce the fairy has the adventure she has always dreamed of when she joins forces with a human princess to rescue the unicorn stolen from Swinley Forest, placing the forest and its fairy community in grave danger.

Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler - Philippa Fisher is just your average 11 year old. But that changes when Daisy, her fairy godsister, enters her life.

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine - After a hurricane injures the fairies' godlike Mother Dove, whose magical feathers and precious egg are of powerful importance to both fairies and Neverland itself, it falls to newcomer Prilla and two companions to set things right.

The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine - In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, the fairy Ethelinda rewards one twin sister for good behavior and punishes the other for bad, only to discover that her punishment is more pleasing than her reward.

The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine - The good-natured son of a baker wins the heart of a princess, with the help of a fairy and a magic goose.

Gossamer by Lois Lowry - While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

A Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans by Margaret Meacham - Gretta, who is making strides in her fairy godmother training, tries to help Morgan fit in at her new school as research for a book about her interactions with humans, but her own boyfriend problems get in the way.

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope - In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.

The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter - "The Fairy Caravan" is the story of a miniature circus, William and Alexander's Traveling Circus. It is no ordinary circus, for Alexander is a highland terrier and William is Pony Billy who draws the caravan. Beatrix Potter wrote this chapter book for older children towards the end of her writing career. She wrote it for her own pleasure and at the request of friends in America who shared her love of the Lake District and north country tales.

The Flower Fairies by Emily Rodda - Jessie returns to the magical world where her grandmother was born, where she deals with some griffins, dances with fairies, and borrows something to help her dance in her school concert.

The Rainbow Wand by Emily Rodda - When a little girl from the human world becomes lost in the magical Realm, Jessie's only hope of finding her is the wand of a brilliant but reclusive magician, and if she succeeds she must still face Mrs. Tweedie, who is up to no good.

The Water Sprites by Emily Rodda - During her most recent visit to the Fairy Realm, Jessie inadvertently allows a baby fairy to be captured by water sprites who want to hold the child captive until their missing moonstone is returned.

Fairy Dust by Jane Denitz Smith - Nine-year-old Ruthie is introduced to a magical fairy world when her father hires a new babysitter, Alice.

Dragonfly and the Web of Dreams by J.H. Sweet - When the Web of Dreams is destroyed, Jennifer and her friends once again need to transform into fairies so they can contact the Dream Spider who is on holiday.

The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman - After her parents divorce and she moves to the country with her mother, fourth-grader Willa Jane, anxious and unhappy with the changes in her life, discovers a world of little people called Nutfolk living in the woods around her new home.

Twilight Child by Sally Warner - Taken from eighteenth-century Finland by her father, teenager Eleni eventually finds a home in Scotland, receiving help along the way from brounies, fairies, and other creatures she has the ability to see and talk with.


Nonfiction

Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen - After being kidnapped by an ugly toad, a beautiful girl no bigger than a thumb has a series of dreadful experiences before meeting a fairy prince just her size.

Cinderella by Susan Jeffers - In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.

Fairypedia, edited by Shannon Beatty - Explains what fairies are, explores folklore about them. Also explains the different types of fairies and fairies in literature.

Fairy Tale Feasts by Jane Yolen - "A creative book, which folds fairy tales into a cookbook of kid-friendly recipes . . . Yolen retells them with her usual verve and ease . . . the resulting dishes, as well as Beha's spare, whimsical spot illustrations, will capture children's fancy. Detailed marginalia greatly enhance both the folktales and the food sections of this charming offering that the whole family will appreciate."--Booklist

Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross
- Readers can take a trip into a magical realm filled with toadstools, dragonflies, and of course, flying fairies. With Kathy Ross's latest book in the Girl Craft series, girls can create their own fantasy land with 22 crafts made with no-cost or low-cost materials. With scissors, glue, and ruler, they can fill their world with magic wands and fairy costumes!

The Book of Fairies, selected and illustrated by Michael Hague - A collection of stories and poems about fairies, including an excerpt from James Barrie's "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens," Hans Christian Andersen's "Thumbelina," and Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market."

Fairies, Trolls & Goblins Galore, compiled by Dilys Evans - A collection of poems by a variety of authors about all types of faery folk including trolls, gnomes, ogres, pixies, and many others.

The Faeries: A Poem by William Allingham - An illustrated version of the nineteenth-century poem about the "little men" and the mischief that they do.

Flower Fairies Friends Secret World by Cicely Mary Barker - Would you like to peek inside the secret world of the Flower Fairies? Discover where the Flower Fairies make their homes, how they make their clothes and accessories, and what they eat at their fairy feasts! There are lots of secrets to discover inside.

1 Comments :

Blogger Sarah said...

Great list, but you're missing No Flying in the House. My favorite fairy story

June 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM  



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