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Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (The Fairy Chronicles Series #8)
     

Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (The Fairy Chronicles Series #8)

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by J. H. Sweet, Holly Sierra (Illustrator)
 
Inside you is the power to do anything

For Mimosa, protecting all the people of the world may be easier than saving just one.

Blessed with the gift of great caring and understanding, Alexandra Hastings leads the fight against the spirit of ignorance. But even the most sensitive fairy cannot understand why her mother continues to smoke. She knows that she wants to

Overview

Inside you is the power to do anything

For Mimosa, protecting all the people of the world may be easier than saving just one.

Blessed with the gift of great caring and understanding, Alexandra Hastings leads the fight against the spirit of ignorance. But even the most sensitive fairy cannot understand why her mother continues to smoke. She knows that she wants to quit, but somehow she just can't do it. Mimosa's magic could help-but Mother Nature only permits magical solutions for magical problems!

When the fairy with the gift of limitless love finds a problem with no solution, she may have to decide who needs that love most.

What if you discovered you had magical fairy powers? Meet the girls of The Fairy Chronicles, otherwise normal girls like you who are blessed by Mother Nature with special gifts. Their extraordinary adventures will change the world!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402211621
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Fairy Chronicles Series , #8
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1: A Dilemma

Alexandra Hastings was waiting for her friend, Vinca Simpson, to come over to play. With one more week of summer vacation still left, Alexandra hoped to eke out every bit of summer fun possible before returning to school. She sat on her living room couch and fingered a tiny, square silver box about the size of a sugar cube.

The box had a midnight-blue ribbon encircling it in both directions, as though it were wrapped like a present. Where the ribbon was tied in a bow on the top of the box, there was a small clasp. Alexandra slipped a long, fine silver chain through the clasp and placed the pendant around her neck.

The silver box had a very special meaning. Alexandra had received it as a gift earlier in the summer, when she and her friends participated in a daring adventure to help save all of mankind from torment and misery.

In addition to being like other ten-year-old girls, Alexandra and many of her friends were also fairies; and fairies were tasked with the important job of protecting nature and fixing serious problems. The last fairy adventure had involved traveling to the Island of Shadows, meeting with the King and Queen of Shadowland, helping a gryphon defeat an evil chimera and the Demon of Light, and recovering several stolen human shadows.

Human beings cannot survive without their shadows, so the success of their mission was very important. The king and queen appreciated the fairies' help very much and rewarded the girls with gifts of tiny silver boxes that were normally used to deliver shadows to newborn babies. The gift box did not contain a shadow because Alexandra already had hers, attached to her since birth. Instead, it was filled with beautiful, sparkling black sand from the shores of the Island of Shadows. Even though the mission had been a little scary, the adventure had also been exciting, and Alexandra remembered the journey to the island fondly.

Alexandra was a mimosa fairy, inhabited by the fairy spirit of a mimosa tree blossom. She had long, straight blond hair and bright blue eyes. In the standard fairy form of six inches, Mimosa had tall, wispy pink wings and wore a glistening dress made of silky mimosa flower strands in colors of light pink, white, peach, and dark pink. Her dress came to just above her knees, and she wore soft pink slippers and a belt to match. On her belt, she carried her fairy wand, a small pouch of pixie dust, and the fairy handbook.

Mimosa's wand was a small, brownish-gray emu feather that was forked and curled on both tips. The feather was enchanted to help her perform fairy magic. The glittering pixie dust in her pouch was also used for fairy magic. And the handbook contained answers to fairy questions and advice to help her make good fairy decisions. It was also an interactive book that aged with its fairy owner.

Young fairies were not allowed to use fairy magic without approval from their mentors. Madam Monarch, who was blessed with a monarch butterfly fairy spirit, was Mimosa's mentor. Mimosa had only inherited Madam Monarch as her mentor upon moving to Texas from Montana in the spring, when her mother was transferred with her job. Mrs. Hastings was raising her daughter by herself since Mimosa's father had died in a car accident when Mimosa was four.

Mimosa's mother didn't know that her daughter was a fairy, and fairy activities had to be kept secret because it would be hard for parents to understand why their daughters had to be away from home sometimes on dangerous fairy missions. Regular people could not even recognize fairies when they saw them because to non-magical people, fairies only appeared to look like their fairy spirits.

Madam Monarch didn't need to teach Mimosa very much because her previous mentor, Madam Gooseberry, had done such a good job. However, all young fairies needed to be supervised because being a fairy was a tremendous responsibility. To be blessed with power, and to gain the maturity and wisdom to know how to use the gift properly, took some guidance. So a mentor was assigned.

When Mimosa first moved to Texas, she told her new fairy friends all about the fairies in Montana. There were less flower fairies in Montana and more berry fairies, along with herb, insect, and bat fairies. Her new friends didn't believe her at first, that there really were bat fairies, until they looked up types of fairies in the fairy handbook.

Mimosa's fairy handbook was a different color than those of her friends. Hers was a pale, sky blue color since it originated in Montana; whereas, all of the native Texas fairies carried handbooks of a fawn tan color. When she looked up types of fairies, this is the information the handbook shared:

Types of Fairy Spirits: Fairies derive their spirits from numerous sources. Some of the more common spirits come from flowers, berries, herbs, and tree blossoms. Fairy spirits can also come from insects like dragonflies, bees, butterflies, moths, fireflies, and beetles. There are also fairies whose spirits come from small birds, animals, lizards, amphibians, and sea creatures such as finches, robins, wrens, sparrows, moles, shrews, bats, sea horses, starfish, oysters, salamanders, and toads.

Meet the Author

J.H. Sweet has always looked for the magic in the everyday. She has an imaginary dog named Jellybean Ebenezer Beast. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, knitting, and basketry. She also enjoys watching a variety of movies and sports. Her favorite superhero is her husband, with Silver Surfer coming in a close second. She loves many of the same things the fairies love, including live oak trees, mockingbirds, weathered terra-cotta, butterflies, bees, and cypress knees. In the fairy game of "If I were a jelly bean, what flavor would I be?" she would be green apple. J.H. Sweet lives with her husband in South Texas and has a degree in English from Texas State University.

Holly Sierra's illustrations are visually enchanting with particular attention to decorative, mystical, and multicultural themes. Holly received her fine arts education at SUNY Purchase in New York and lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband, Steve, and their three children, Gabrielle, Esme, and Christopher.

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Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (The Fairy Chronicles Series #8) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to children aged 7 to 11. (Read to younger children.) The characters in this book are girls around age 9 who have special gifts and talents. Theh gifts and talents are both fairy and human in nature, and the underlying theme of the book seems to stress that all human beings have gifts and are capable of great and positive things. The main character seems to use many more human gifts in her adventure than magical fairy ones. There is enough fun and fantasy to keep magical fans interested but this is a more of real children's adventure.
Glenna Ingle More than 1 year ago
J.H. Sweet's books are great! Mimosa, I have to say, is one of my favorites and, as I do for ever other one of J.H. Sweet's books, i recomend this book to any fantasy lover!!!
helen402 More than 1 year ago
A girl with a mimosa fairy spirit is called upon to lead a mission to the River of Wisdom. They meet magical spirits and a magical fish and eventually are successful in accomplishing their goal. During this time Mimosa is struggling with a big decision, of whether or not to use fairy magic to help her mother quit smoking. Since that is against the rules she will lose her fairy spirit if she does this. This is a touching tale of a girl with a big heart and a will to help. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago