The Night Fairy

The Night Fairy

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by Laura Amy Schlitz

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What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings - wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth - is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to


What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings - wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth - is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do - like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach - so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory's demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic - a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
All is not well in fairyland, at least for Flory, a young night fairy whose wings were broken during an encounter with a bat. Feeling vulnerable when unable to fly, Flory finds shelter in a wren house and decides to become a day fairy despite her nocturnal bent (“She soon found that her body did not like the day. Her skin liked to be cool and moist, not hot and dry”). In this whimsical and cozy tale, Newbery Medalist Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village) explores what it's like for a tiny winged creature to be grounded. Readers will delight in Flory's resourcefulness in finding food, clothing, and a new form of transportation (on the back of a squirrel), and identify with her brash, childlike personality (“I hate, hate, hate bats, and I'm always going to hate them”), which softens as she grows compassionate and makes friends. Culminating with Flory's brave act of saving a hummingbird caught in a spider's web, this story reveals how handicaps can be overcome through quick thinking and determination. Full-color art not seen by PW. Ages 7–11. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"The girls who come into my library adore the prettiness of fairies, the miniature-ness. But they are also nature lovers and lovers of adventure — the future wild women of America. I couldn’t help thinking that these little girls who love fairies deserve something lively." — Laura Amy Schlitz — Quote

"If Flory had had a less exciting life, I would have enjoyed drawing a very detailed domestic interior for her. But she is a creature of simple needs, and after providing herself with a bed, clothes, and storage, she gets on with her mission outdoors. She is brave and resourceful — a perfect heroine." — Angela Barrett — Quote

Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Flory, a tiny young night fairy, lost her wings during an encounter with a bat. As a result, she can no longer fly. How does a fairy get around without wings? Flory's life changes and she becomes a day fairy. However, Flory soon finds that the world is bigger and more dangerous in the day than she realized. Determined to stay alive, she discovers a squirrel named Skuggle, who helps her learn about the garden and its surroundings. Through her strange friendship with Skuggle, both learn to depend on each other for survival. In addition, Flory's selfishness and rudeness takes a turn for the better when she meets a hummingbird who will have nothing to do with her. Flory's dream of riding a hummingbird makes her persistent in pursuing a new friendship with the hummingbird. But her plan fails. Soon however, the hummingbird is in a life-threatening situation. Nevertheless, Flory is determined to help. Forgetting about herself, Flory risks her own life to save the hummingbird. Danger from creatures in the garden to adventures the friends encounter will keep the reader intrigued to find out what Flory, along with Skuggle, will do next. Children will have a magical journey as they read this charming book. Teachers and librarians will love having it for their own book collection. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—In this deft, imaginative story (Candlewick, 2010) by Newbery winner Laura Amy Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!), a young night fairy overcomes the loss of her wings in an accident and finds herself plunged into an unfamiliar daytime world full of predators. She lodges inside a wren house in the garden of a "giantess," who stocks the birdfeeders daily, and struggles to survive. Along the way, she befriends a hyper squirrel with a one-track mind (food, of course) and courageously faces her fears. She may be only as tall as two acorns, but Flory is no airy-fairy, and she acquits herself well when threatened by a praying mantis, a huge raccoon, and a deadly spider. Listeners will learn about empathy and friendship as they are inspired by the plucky heroine. Michael Friedman voices the fairy with verve and creates believable voices for the animals. Fans of Mary Norton's series, The Borrowers, will enjoy the adventures of the tiny fairy as she copes with the challenges of staying alive, armed only with stinging spells and a thorn dagger. Children will root for the resourceful fairy, perhaps imagining her further exploits and recording them with illustrations in a journal.—Lonna Pierce, MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, NY

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Candlewick Press
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File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! VOICES FROM A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, illustrated by Robert Byrd. She is also the author of A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR: A MELODRAMA; THE HERO SCHLIEMAN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FOR TROY; and THE BEARSKINNER: A STORY OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, a retelling illustrated by Max Grafe. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a lower school librarian at the Park School.

Angela Barrett studied at the Royal College of Art in England with Quentin Blake and is one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed illustrators. She has won the Smarties Book Prize and the W. H. Smith Illustration Award for her work and has illustrated more than twenty-four books for children, including classic tales, fairy tales, biographies, story collections, and picture books. She lives in London.

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The Night Fairy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter enjoyed this story. She had good things to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flory really has a tough go of it from the beginning. She learns how to take care of her self, then to look out for others. She also learns that it's easier to "catch a fly with honey," and the joy that can come with forgiveness. There are so many life lessons thrown into this book with a fun, adventure story for the fairy lover in all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful story with rich details. I read it with my 8 year old daughter and we both loved it! I think we both wanted the story to never end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not put this book down!!!! U should read it is gr8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would 10 stars if I could!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the best books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story!READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not reaaly in the mood but its super sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like this book. I think it's not very friendly. And not too fun.
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I recomend to 7+
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I read this for a book parade book. It was great one of my favs. I highly reccomend it.
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JennyLouHarris More than 1 year ago
The book is a charming book but a little odd. The night fairy, Flory, is a nicely developed character and a strong girl. She does not look for others to improve her situation but develops her own skills and strengths. After her wing is injured by a bat at night, she becomes a day fairy so she doesn't have to deal with bats again. She befriends a squirrel named Skuggle. She then meets a hummingbird who gives her rides. She wants the bird to serve her but the bird forthrightly tells her that she cannot. The hummingbird will still give her rides but cannot be available at her beck and call. Flory then protects the hummingbird's nest from a praying mantis, a spider and a raccoon. A bat comes swooping in to help chase the raccoon away. Even though her wing is growing back nicely, Flory still cannot fly well. The bat, who is the one who injured her because he thought she was a luna moth, apologizes and offers to give her rides around the garden. She tells the bat, Peregrine, that, "Now that I am not afraid of you, I am not afraid of anything." The hummingbird gives Flory a ride to the nest so she can see the baby hummingbirds whom she protected. This illustration is the best one in the book. But the ending is what is awful about the book. Flory falls asleep and the squirrel comes to asks her about the cherries she was supposed to bring. I think the book should have ended after she sees the baby hummingbirds; it is like the author didn't know where to end the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Shannaraioa More than 1 year ago
This book is not only adult entertaining but one I would encourage to be read to children.
pyperkymber More than 1 year ago
Great quick read!
Carly Maytas More than 1 year ago
Kinda wierd but on my wishlist thats on my nook i got for $5.00