Fairies: Photographic Evidence of the Existence of Another World

Fairies: Photographic Evidence of the Existence of Another World

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by Suza Scalora

An archeologist, a woman of science and logic, always believed fairies were the stuff of storybooks. That was before she made the discovery of a lifetime. After learning the secrets behind locating and luring these magical creatures out from hiding, she vows to travel all over the world photographing every fairy she can find.

This remarkable book is the result


An archeologist, a woman of science and logic, always believed fairies were the stuff of storybooks. That was before she made the discovery of a lifetime. After learning the secrets behind locating and luring these magical creatures out from hiding, she vows to travel all over the world photographing every fairy she can find.

This remarkable book is the result of her quest, the first set of fairy photographs the world has ever seen. Join our archeologist as she travels to remote parts of the globe in search of her mysterious subjects. Read about the details of her journey as she documents the events of each fairy discovery and see for yourself her results--amazing, dazzling photographs straight from another world. Images of these creatures, vibrant and luminous, are captured and catalogued, each one more astonishing than the next. There is no greater proof--fairies are real.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Partridge
This is a stunning, gorgeous book. It's a sophisticated version of Halloween, a blending of childhood yearning for the proof of magic with a tremendous sense of fun and beauty. The feel of the pages and the sumptuous color photographs, as well as the text, have a Riven and Myst-like quality, which is not surprising as the author has won several major Internet awards. A so-called archaeologist is given a mysterious manuscript entitled Field Guide to Fairies. Inspired, she sets out across the world to catalog evidence of the magical beings, and she manages to capture seventeen of them on film. The artistic images of fairies in magical settings are original and evocative. There are names such as Eugenie, the Emerald Forest Fairy (sighted in Mexico at 2:10 in the afternoon), or Thera, the Blue Ice Fairy (also known as the Keeper of Memory), who was seen at dawn locked in a glacier in the Icelandic highlands. Fascinating details such as the proper lures and peak sighting seasons make it hard not to believe just for a second that there really are such wondrous creatures.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-This glossy book presents startlingly clear, vibrant color photos of "fairies." Each slick, stylized picture has a pseudoscientific description on the opposite page, including the common name of each creature, sighting date, location, peak sighting season, history, lure, and notes. For example, readers learn that Ariel, the Crimson Sky Fairy or Evening Dream Fairy, "comes from a large class of air fairies that inhabit different parts of the sky and land" and can be lured by "Fireflies released into the wind." There is no story here, but Scalora's introduction offers a rather convincing explanation of her fascination with elusive creatures and how she came to create this book. Some of the photographs are charming; others are eerie or frightening. One has to admire the technique and effort, but in the end, the package is nothing but a clever gimmick. The illustrations are stunning, but this is coffee-table fare and much too sophisticated for children.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Charles De Lint
How you'll react to the the text of the book depends on your temperament. Much like the Brian Froud / Terry Jones collaboration, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, Scarola's The Fairies purports to be a quest to investigate the denizens of faerie, though Scarola doesn't squish them between a book's pages the way Lady Cottington did. Instead, we're given these clever, and often quite evocative, photographs with their accompanying text of what sort of fairy it depicts, a bit of its history, and where and how Scarola managed to take the picture.

It's all quite harmless fun, really. And even if the text leaves you cold, the photographs are quite stunning.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Kirkus Reviews
One-upping the painted illustrations in Graeme Base's Discovery of Dragons (1996), these elaborately casual snapshots capture glimpses of 16 fairies observed in various leafy, far-flung locales. Adopting the persona of a scientist bent on completing a predecessor's 19th-century field guide, Scalora provides (in a ridiculously tiny typeface) travel notes and background; the glossy full-color photographs—created using live models, wings constructed from a variety of materials, and computer manipulation—range from full-body views to fleeting hints of a face or form. Lushly hued (each of the fairies here is associated with a color), they evoke a shadowy, elusive realm hidden, usually, within our own; readers susceptible to the likes of Nancy Willard's Alphabet of Angels (1994) or caught up in the recent revival of the Victorian-era fairy fad will be beguiled by the mystery and magic here. For everyone else, the book's closing credits, with lists of stylists, models, equipment, and acknowledgments, provide a refreshing peek into the mechanics behind the photographs. (Picture book. 8-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Suza Scalora has been fascinated by fairy lore for as long as she can remember. She began her research while working in New York City as a commercial photographer. When the opportunity presented itself, Ms. Scalora set out to discover and capture images of the fairy world. In what became a yearlong expedition of epic -- and at times perilous -- proportions, she was finally able to prove something that she has known all along: Fairies are real.

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Fairies 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I've had this a long long time. But when I searched for the copy right, I noticed a list of who did what: the make-up, the jewelry, the fairies. Wonderful cover-up Suza. Please write another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved fairies, since I was little I never thought of them as beatful fairy prinsess. Insted I thought of them as beutifull naturall things. But resently I wasn't a so intersted in them untill the other day at the libary when I was in the teen area. How many books that large do you see in the teen area wich is mostly chapter books? I pulled it out liked how it looked read it and now I am hooked. I am sure a nother lover of this book that goes to my libary must be made at me beacouse I have it out all the time!! ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so magical and interesting. The pictures are so realistic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The photagraphs were wonderful but it was quiet obvious she took these pictures in a studio! It would be ok if she admitted that these were people dressed and posing in pictures but she says she 'traveled the world' to find these fairies! not true at all...Beutiful photographs though, but c'mon...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at a BN store and thought it was way overly priced for less than 50 pages. It says EVIDENCE, that just isn't right! Suza is still a good photographer but I wouldn't waste my money on this book! It also says 'she traveled around the world and lured the faeries out'- that is totally false! She could have done this in a studio, with models and a computer! I think that the photographs are still nice but she shouldn't say that it is evidence, and they are real faeries, that is very upsetting. The reviews and summarys mislead you.If you really want to use your imagination then it may be for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book I had to get it! Scalora's photographs are awesomely realistic. The stories that go along with them also are very realistic. It made me want to go and search for fairies! It's a must have for sure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book by Suza Scalora made the existence of fairies seem so possible. The photographs look so real and are so beautiful. I cannot think of one I did not like. It inspired me to take up photography, and I now have found a hobby where I can express myself through the camera.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book of amazing photographs by Suza Scalora is filled with imaginitive photographs and an ingenius story line. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Fairies and to anywone who appreciates breathtaking artwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was completely inspiring for me as a young photographer. I loved how she incorprated stories with each picture. Every personI have showed this book to has been in awe of it. I completely reccomend this book and checking out her web site.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an exceptionaly done. The book features glossy photos of fairies. The photography and set up are outstanding. I recomen this book to anyone who loves fairies, photography, or anything else artistic or mystical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does this book offer proof of fairies existence? Or does it offer us a chance to go back to childhood? Look at it through the eyes of a child. Actual photos of fairies, living, breathing, magical, winged people. This book allows us to hold onto our innocence a little longer. That makes it real!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a 4 yr old and sent it back. Many of the pictures are scary -maybe acceptable for an older child but not the little ones. The photography and visual images are stunning, but this is NOT a book about benvolent, helpful good fairies. Most of these depict creatures I would not want to meet in the woods, so buyer beware.