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A Fairy Tale
     

A Fairy Tale

by Tony Ross
 

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Do fairies really exist? Bessie doesn’t think so. But then she meets the mysterious Mrs. Leaf and so begins a lifelong friendship. As time passes, Bessie starts to wonder if she might have been wrong about fairies after all. The masterly realism and nostalgia of the pre-war setting is pervaded by a strong sense of anything being possible in this wonderful

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Do fairies really exist? Bessie doesn’t think so. But then she meets the mysterious Mrs. Leaf and so begins a lifelong friendship. As time passes, Bessie starts to wonder if she might have been wrong about fairies after all. The masterly realism and nostalgia of the pre-war setting is pervaded by a strong sense of anything being possible in this wonderful tale for older children.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-- Young Bessie lives a rather dismal life, growing up in a prewar English mill town. She has no real friends, and there is no magic to her life, certainly no fairies. That is, until she meets Mrs. Daisy Leaf, the old woman who lives next door. Mrs. Leaf believes in a sort of parallel universe in which fairies slip in and out on occasion. In fact, suggests Mrs. Leaf, perhaps she herself is a fairy who slipped through and couldn't find her way back. Their friendship grows, and as Bessie ages, Daisy gets younger. By the time Bessie marries, she and Daisy look to be about the same age. Bessie's husband is killed in the war, and the friends become closer than ever. Finally, at the story's end, Bessie is the old woman, Daisy a young girl. Despite the oddities about Daisy, Bessie just never makes the connection. Visually, this is a rather bleak presentation. The colored pencil illustrations are often dreary, the characters too sharp and angular. On vacation at the seashore, the text describes Bessie, her husband, and Daisy having had wonderful times, yet the illustration includes an unidentified young boy. There are other inconsistencies as well. In all, this is a fairy tale with no magic.-- Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine School, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849393553
Publisher:
Andersen Press, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Ross is the author and illustrator of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Centipede's 100 Shoes, I Don't Want to Go to Bed!, Stone Soup, Three Little Kittens and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes, and Wash Your Hands!, among others. He has received numerous awards, including the German Children's Book Prize and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize, and has been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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