The Mud Fairy

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Wearing pink and tiptoing through the dewdrops is for wimps! Emmelina would rather play with her friends, the frogs. But can a fairy with an independent streak earn her wings if she goes against the fairy code? Warm, humorous, and with just the right amount of pink (and mud), here's a book that will capture the hearts of girly-girls and tomboys alike.

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Overview

Wearing pink and tiptoing through the dewdrops is for wimps! Emmelina would rather play with her friends, the frogs. But can a fairy with an independent streak earn her wings if she goes against the fairy code? Warm, humorous, and with just the right amount of pink (and mud), here's a book that will capture the hearts of girly-girls and tomboys alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tomboys can take heart: they have a fairy counterpart in Young's (the Belinda the Ballerina books) feisty heroine. Emmalina has a dilemma: she should be winning her wings, but she just doesn't do dainty. She'd much rather play leapfrog—with real frogs in a real bog—than flit among the flowers, make rainbows, and be like all the other fairies who “sit up straight, sip dewdrops, and nibble pollen pie—no slurping, no gulping, no burping.” But even though Emmalina's early attempts at getting her wings prove disastrous (manhandling a spiderweb instead of delicately stringing it with dew, for instance), by doing what comes naturally—being a true friend to her amphibious pals—she earns them on her own terms. Although children have a high Irreverence Quotient these days, Young prefers not to take advantage of it. By keeping her comedy gentle, audiences get to have their fantasies both ways: they can appreciate the gossamer prettiness of the fairy landscape and the ballerina bearings of its inhabitants, and still enjoy the scrappy voice and pastimes of a bona fide rebel. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Emmelina is only young fairy in her community who is having trouble earning her wings. Now that she is one hundred years old, she has to prove that she deserves her wings by being good at something. Fairies are usually good at dainty, beautiful things. Emmelina's friends earn their wings by opening flowers, creating rainbows, and decorating spider webs with dewdrops. Emmelina tries to earn hers, but she ends up pulling the petals off flowers and dragging down the spider webs instead. In frustration, she runs off to where she is most comfortable, in the swamp with the frogs. When the frogs need her help, Emmelina discovers what her true talents are, and that they are just as valuable as traditional fairy duties. The Mud Fairy is the classic story of being yourself and creating your own course in life, told in an amusing narrative and beautiful pictures that children are sure to love. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Emmalina is not like other fairies. She is neither dainty nor delicate, and she likes to play in the swamp with her frog friends. As eager as she is to earn her wings, she does not feel that she does anything well that's important, like stringing dewdrops on a spiderweb or making a rainbow. Emmalina can help with the new tadpoles and teach the new little frogs how to catch flies, but that is hardly wing-worthy. Or so she thinks. The queen believes otherwise, however, and names her the Mud Fairy, Protector of Frogs in recognition of her special gifts, and grants her wings. The sweet, cartoonlike illustrations are done in gouache. Neither the writing nor the artwork is exceptional. The simple message is presented in a more interesting and artful way in Roberta Baker's Lizard Walinsky (Little, Brown, 2004), Patty Lovell's Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon (Putnam, 2001), and Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum (HarperCollins, 1991).—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901046
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 793,039
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Young studied fine art, later became a lawyer, and eventually returned to painting. Amy has created more than a half dozen picture books, including the Belinda the Ballerina books and Moi and Marie Antoinette.

www.amylyoung.com

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