Come to the Fairies' Ball

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A whimsical rhyming tale set in a fairy world. The king has set forth an invitation to the fairies: come to the ball! And everyone is in a delightful tizzy, searching for their top hats, their boots, and their crowns—and where-oh-where are those spider-web gowns? The fairies finally arrive, towed by swans, rowed by fish. One group of five got there fast on a wish. But one fairy is left behind, her only dress in tatters. What should she do? The resident ants offer her some wise words. In this rhyming picture ...

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Overview

A whimsical rhyming tale set in a fairy world. The king has set forth an invitation to the fairies: come to the ball! And everyone is in a delightful tizzy, searching for their top hats, their boots, and their crowns—and where-oh-where are those spider-web gowns? The fairies finally arrive, towed by swans, rowed by fish. One group of five got there fast on a wish. But one fairy is left behind, her only dress in tatters. What should she do? The resident ants offer her some wise words. In this rhyming picture book, with a slight nod to the tale of Cinderella, celebrated author Jane Yolen and award-winning illustrator Gary Lippincott create a magical fairy kingdom that will charm all who enter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
With her imaginative, deftly crafted verses, Yolen invites us into another world, the magical place where the fairies are having their ball. The king has issued an invitation to both "hovel and hall." This causes "a tizzy, a flap…a pother…" as one and all scramble to locate and assemble their outfits, from boots and crown to spider-web gown. As the other fairies properly attired in their finest set off for the ball in a variety of fascinating conveyances, one poor fairy in a torn dress weeps. Then, inspired by the work ethic of the ants, she sews a dress for herself. Meanwhile the fairies at the ball are dancing away in every conceivable fashion from shimmy and waltz to hop and gavotte. Just as the dancing ends, the forlorn fairy arrives. Although the others berate her for being late, the Prince of the Fairies welcomes her, for a happy fairy-tale ending. Yolen's playfully inventive way with words is matched in Lippincott's detailed and equally imaginative watercolors. Pages are designed in varying areas from vignettes and half-page scenes to a glorious textless double-page grand ballroom with dual staircases filled with costumed fairies all enjoying the orchestra's music and each other's company. These are characters taking their place in the long line of fairy stories and engaging personalities that hold our attention and deserve careful scrutiny. This is great fun to read aloud as well. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—An enchanting picture book full of whimsy and magic. All the fairies in the woodland are invited by the royal court to the Fairies' Ball, and a tizzy breaks loose as everyone scrambles to pull together dazzling outfits. "Where are my boots?/And where is my crown?/And please tell me,/Where is my spider-web gown?" One fairy, however, sits home forlorn because her dress is too worn to wear to the ball. Luckily, the forest ants band together to encourage her to create one. The latecomer enters, the prince is captivated with her beauty and dances with her all evening. Sweet but expected, the following year, all are invited to the Fairies' Wedding Ball. Lippincott's paintings take the forefront in this book, while Yolen's clever verse adds to the unfolding pictorial drama. While the story line may not be entirely fresh, the illustrations are outstanding.—Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784648
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

Gary Lippincott has a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His artwork now appears in children's books, textbooks, book jackets, and even jigsaw puzzles. He has received numerous awards for his artwork at science-fiction and fantasy conventions. He lives in Royalston, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Jane Yolen is a dream come true for a children's librarian -- sh

    Jane Yolen is a dream come true for a children's librarian -- she writes superbly well for all ages.  This book is every bit as wonderful.  In fact, I read this book out loud to my young son, who is a huge fan of her "How Do Dinosaur..." books, and he sat enrapt through the entire tale.  The story itself is a bit "Psyche", a bit "Cinderella", a bit Christina Rossetti and all charm and pure magic.  It is as delightful as any classic fairy tale, with a markedly modern twist. 
    Gary Lippincott does an amazing job keeping up with, and illuminating, Jane Yolen's marvelous story. Every illustration is breathtakingly beautiful, and like the writing, all charm and pure magic.  My favorite illustration is the two-page spread of the ballroom -- I could get lost in there and never want to return to the real world.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Nice Art, Average Kid's Book

    I got this book for my daughter at our local library. The art direction of the book is beautiful. The story of the faeries' ball was average...a mix of any faerie tale and cinderella. Not very original.

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