Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Richard Hull
     
 


The beautiful illustrations bring the poetry to life in this beautiful gift book.

Readers will delight in this never-before published collection of poems from Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of The Little House on the Prairie:

Day and night, wherever we go, fairies are out dancing, painting, and creating joyous mischief for all…  See more details below

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The beautiful illustrations bring the poetry to life in this beautiful gift book.

Readers will delight in this never-before published collection of poems from Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of The Little House on the Prairie:

Day and night, wherever we go, fairies are out dancing, painting, and creating joyous mischief for all who can see them. Laura Ingalls Wilder shares her vision of the fanciful, ethereal, and mischievous world of the "Little People" in this first-ever collection of fairy poems she wrote in 1915. Accompanied by whimsical illustrations, readers young and old will cherish this book for a lifetime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little House fans will undoubtedly snap up this small-trim collection of Wilder's early, dewy poems about fairies, but, like Louisa May Alcott's Flowers Fables (reviewed below), they are definitely not her best work. The front matter is the choicest part: a striking portrait of the author, a short biographical sketch describing her forays into newspaper publication (a San Francisco paper published these poems in 1915), and an adaptation of a 1916 essay encouraging children to believe in the "Little People." (Wilder's plea includes the story of "the infidel who asserted that he would not believe anything that he could not see." The man, according to Wilder, was smartly answered by a Quaker: "Friend! Does thee believe thee has any brains?") The five poems that follow, however, are as coy as Victorian valentines. Hull (The Alphabet from Z to A [With Much Confusion Along the Way]) skillfully wends his precarious way through the predictable assortment of rainbows, petals and sparkling dew. The illustrations, of such subjects as fairies who "paint flower faces" and dab speckles on tiger lilies and random babies, luxuriantly combine slightly surrealistic greenery and arresting details. The paintings teem with winged creatures, acorn-skirted fairies sporting Punch and Judy faces and enough overgrown flowers for a Burpee's seed catalogue. Hull's quirky and animated art provides a tart accompaniment to Wilder's sugary vision of fairies who dance with sunbeams, "tuck their toes in cloudlets" and turn into a "rainbow in the sky!" All ages. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
A slim, pretty volume containing five poems composed by Wilder in 1915 for a newspaper column; a protestation that fairies do indeed exist written in the following year; and a new introduction by Hines (I Remember Laura, 1994, not reviewed). It's all wrapped in bright tableaux of diminutive, pointy-eared fairies who flit busily about lush gardens, paint rainbows in the sky, and harness toads. The prose is readable, the verses conventional but not wooden, and as the first separate edition of some of Wilder's earliest published work for children, this is a minor literary landmark to boot. A sweet confection for fans of fairies or the author. (Poetry. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385325332
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/13/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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