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Fairy Went A-Marketing

Fairy Went A-Marketing

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by Rose Fyleman

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A gentle fairy shows her love and appreciation for nature's treasures as she buys a fish, a bird, and a mouse - and then sets them free.


A gentle fairy shows her love and appreciation for nature's treasures as she buys a fish, a bird, and a mouse - and then sets them free.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Henterly adds elaborate pictures to this simple verse taken from Fairies and Chimneys by the late Fyleman. The artist has created a fairy-world of beauty with animals, plants, reptiles and small details making each double-page spread a breathtaking scene. The fairy-girl goes to market four times; whatever she buysfish, bird, gown or mouseshe sets free or gives away. Henterly's luminous drawings reveal an eye for the many fleeting details of naturethe curve of a squirrel's tail, the peeling bark of a birch tree. (4-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 A gentle fairy purchases nature's treasures but keeps them for her own pleasure only briefly before she releases them or gives them away. The four stanzas of Fyleman's verse, originally published in 1918, are pleasant but not particularly memorable in themselves. What makes this picture book exceptional are the exquisite illustrations. The dainty fairy with butterfly wings moves gracefully among nature's small creatures. Using a different season as the backdrop for each short narrative stanza, Henterly creates a panorama of the year. Rich colors and exquisite detail help children see the natural beauty that surrounds them. Children and adults will savor such touches as the fairy's wasp nest letter holder and her caterpillar boots. This is a book for unhurried gazing and quiet sharing. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, Minn.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Unicorn Paperbacks Ser.
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing (Picture Puffins Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ashlarah More than 1 year ago
We read it often when she was little. My daughter is now 17, but I still sometimes reach for this book for the comfort of its sweet character and lovely illustrations. Our well-used copy has gone missing, so I had to order a new one. I'm also giving one as a gift to my young niece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family loves this book! The illustrations are bright and lovely, with wonderful detail. Every time I read it I notice another wonderful little element in the pictures. The lesson is as beautiful. The fairy enjoys her wonderful coat all day and then gives it to a frog to keep him warm... she bought a little mouse to help her out at home and at the end of the day she thanked it and let it go, and so on. The rhyme keeps my toddler's attention and the illustrations keep my baby's as well. A must have!