The Legend Begins (Little Fur Series #1)

The Legend Begins (Little Fur Series #1)

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by Isobelle Carmody
     
 

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Who is Little Fur? Why, she's a half elf, half troll, as tall as a three-year-old human child, with slanted green eyes, wild red hair that brambles about her pointed ears, and bare, broad, four-toed feet. Little Fur loves and tends to the Old Ones, the seven ancient trees that protect her home, a small, magical wilderness nestled magically in a park in the midst of a… See more details below

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Who is Little Fur? Why, she's a half elf, half troll, as tall as a three-year-old human child, with slanted green eyes, wild red hair that brambles about her pointed ears, and bare, broad, four-toed feet. Little Fur loves and tends to the Old Ones, the seven ancient trees that protect her home, a small, magical wilderness nestled magically in a park in the midst of a large, bustling human city. When she learns that evil forces are out to destroy her beloved trees, the intrepid halfling must embark on an ambitious and dangerous journey into the human world and down into an ancient cut in the earth, in search of a way to save not only the Old Ones, but the Earth Spirit itself. Geared to young middle-grade readers who are, like our troll heroine, still innocent and natural champions of our earth, Little Fur is an eco-fantasy as wise and fey as it is adventurous and suspenseful.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This eco-fantasy from Australia does not really succeed because the author's message about the dire straits of the environment overpowers what is a rather delightful story. Little Fur, the main character, is a girl who is half-troll and half-elf with flaming red hair and green, slanted eyes. She lives in an ancient stand of trees in the middle of a city. There she is quite content with healing the wild creatures who come to her with their hurts and problems, and planting seeds to keep the Earth green and productive. All this changes when an evil gang begins a campaign of burning trees throughout the area. In order to save her trees, she begins a difficult journey to find Sett Owl who can provide her with the information she needs for protecting her beloved trees, as well as rescuing the very spirit of the Earth. With its brown suede cover, the book is very attractive. The black and white illustrations are interesting, but do not always coincide with the text. Purchase of this tale is up to the needs of each library or school.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Nestled deep within a secret wilderness carefully concealed from human eyes lives a small half-elf, half-troll girl. Little Fur is sworn to protect the seven ancient trees that connect directly to the earth-spirit, but learns that fire-loving humans may soon harm her precious enclave. Uncertain of what to do, Little Fur seeks advice from a wise owl, setting her on a quest to awaken the one creature that might bring humanity back to its senses. Accompanied by two cats and a wisecracking crow, the little creature faces her fears and proves that even the smallest heroine can make a difference. This benign eco-fantasy treads familiar territory with its tale of respecting the world around us. It's enjoyable, if occasionally more didactic than necessary. The simple pen-and-ink illustrations are pleasant but don't always pair up well with the action. Also, the book leaves questions regarding Little Fur's ancestry unanswered, setting the stage for future titles in the series. A story best enjoyed by children looking for a low-key fantasy series akin to Patrick Carman's "The Land of Elyon" books (Scholastic).-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The first of a proposed quartet introduces Little Fur, an elf troll, tall as a three-year-old child with "slanted green eyes, wild red hair that brambled about her pointed ears and bare, broad, four-toed feet." Little Fur lives in a wilderness protected by seven ancient trees known as the Old Ones set in the middle of a modern human city. A healer who tends the Old Ones, Little Fur embarks on a quest to save the trees from rogue human tree-burners and to thwart the Troll King's plot to kill the earth spirit. Armed with her bag of seeds and herbs, Little Fur journeys by night with her animal helpers to find the tree guardian who sleeps in a deep earth crack. Earth-wise and stalwart, Little Fur uses her healing powers to fend off perils of the human world and prove that "sometimes small things could do what greater creatures could not." This wee eco-fantasy heroine, with her green message, will win the hearts of young environmentalists. (Fantasy. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375849220
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Series:
Little Fur Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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