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

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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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060282349
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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