Thistle and the Shell of Laughter (The Fairy Chronicles Series #3)

Thistle and the Shell of Laughter (The Fairy Chronicles Series #3)

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by J. H. Sweet
     
 

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The Shell of Laughter, which is the source of all laughter on earth, has been stolen. It is the job of Staid, the elf, to distribute laughter all over the world using trade winds, siroccos, Zephyrs, jet streams, the Chinook, and other winds. Along with a leprechaun, a hedgehog, a witch, and several fairy friends, Thistle must help Staid recover the Shell of Laughter…  See more details below

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The Shell of Laughter, which is the source of all laughter on earth, has been stolen. It is the job of Staid, the elf, to distribute laughter all over the world using trade winds, siroccos, Zephyrs, jet streams, the Chinook, and other winds. Along with a leprechaun, a hedgehog, a witch, and several fairy friends, Thistle must help Staid recover the Shell of Laughter from Killjoy Crosspatch - the evil Spirit of Sorrow. During this adventure, the fairies meet a wood gnome, unicorns, and a bobolink bird. They also learn what laughter is made of.

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Nobody is giggling. In fact, with the Shell of Laughter stolen, all merriment on earth has vaporized. In the days of yore, Staid the elf would be busy, distributing laughter all over the world, using trade winds, siroccos, and jet streams. But now with somberness descending, Thistle must help Staid retrieve the Shell of Laughter from the evil Killjoy Crosspatch. Aiding them in this happy crusade is a legion of friends that includes leprechaun, a hedgehog, a witch, and several fairies. With such companions, victory and happy reading are assured. A captivating fairy fantasy for girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977488100
Publisher:
ARV, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Fairy Chronicles Series, #3
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The colors of the forest became even deeper and blacker as they journeyed. The next evidence of sorrow they came upon was a tortoise that seemed consumed by grief. He was sobbing in agony and desperation, as though possessed by some terrible misfortune.

Again, Thistle and Snickers dosed out their laughter medicine, and the tortoise was relieved of the Spell of Sorrow.

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.

Ever since she was a little girl, Tara Larsen Chang has been captivated by intricate illustrations in fairy tales and children's books. Since earning her BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University, her illustrations have appeared in numerous children's books and magazines. When she is not drawing and painting in her studio, she can be found working in her gardens to make sure that there are plenty of havens for visiting fairies.

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Thistle and the Shell of Laughter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about a group of girls doing some pretty incredible things. (You probably thought I was going to say it was a story about fairies.) It is also a story about fairies but less of a fantasy story than I thought it would be which is why this story is so good. The girls are interested in recycling, giving Christmas presents to gnomes, and making sure places like Finland and Norway have enough laughter. I don't think anyone reading this story will feel like they are missing out when they discover that this book isn't entirely filled with pixie dust and fairy magic because it is an interesting story of blending real with fantasy. I like the ending when the girls/fairies are spending Christmas with their families, and they are all celebrating in slightly different ways. Read this book if you like fairies and children's fantasy, and you will discover a world where the fairies are connected with real life and do important things to help the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I am a grandma and I read this to two of my little treasures. They both loved it. The dark forest travels didn¿t scare them at all. The characters delighted them. They laughed and clapped their hands at the words of the leprechaun and the giggles of Snickers, the hedgehog. They also loved the gnome and the elf, and were so happy the fairies got back the Shell of Laughter. We are going to read this again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about a group of girls doing some pretty incredible things. (You probably thought I was going to say it was a story about fairies.) It is also a story about fairies but less of a fantasy story than I thought it would be which is why this story is so good. The girls are interested in recycling, giving Christmas presents to gnomes, and making sure places like Finland and Norway have enough laughter. I don't think anyone reading this story will feel like they are missing out when they discover that this book isn't entirely filled with pixie dust and fairy magic because it is an interesting story of blending real with fantasy. I like the ending when the girls/fairies are spending Christmas with their families, and they are all celebrating in slightly different ways. Read this book if you like fairies and children's fantasy, and you will discover a world where the fairies are connected with real life and do important things to help the world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Take a magical flight with fairies. The Fairy Chronicles Series takes readers on journeys with characters who solve problems and make a difference in the world. In each adventure, the Fairy Team, chosen by Madam Toad, is asked to take on a mission to save the world from peril. The fairies who undertake the challenges are real girls, just like girls everywhere, but who also have been given special gifts of fairy spirits. These gifts add to their own determination and skills to give them the ability to accomplish the tasks at hand. However, we are led to believe that these gifts are really present inside each of use, in other words, `the power to do anything¿. Truly a wonderful set of adventures to inspire, motivate, and make us dream of a better world, one where we can all make a huge difference if we put our minds and our wings to it.***This third fairy mission has the girls seeking the stolen Shell of Laughter. If they are not successful in finding it, laughter will soon disappear in the world. But with the help of an elf, a hedgehog, and a leprechaun, I think the fairies will probably be successful, so we can all enjoy a world full of chuckles and giggles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the variety this series is beginning to show. There are more magical creatures added than in the last two books, and the fairies have a somewhat creepy forest adventure this time. It's just a little dark and scary because the Spirit of Sorrow spreads darkness and sorrow spells. Of course the fairies triumph, just like in their previous adventures, and save all laughter in the world. It's nice that little girls are shown to make such a difference in the world with their deeds. These are good role-model girls because they seem to care more about things like nature and simple games and solving problems than they do about TV. And they are really too young to worry about boys yet. It seem the most this author is including in the books is some blushing, pranks, and note writing between the brownies and fairies. That is refreshingly innocent and reminds me of my own interactions with boys when I was a small girl, put a smile on my face. I have recently discovered the Fairy Chronicles website with what seems like a whole list of ebooks relating to this series, and I am looking forward to reading about more of the fairies' adventures. The list looks interesting so far. I hope the author keeps going because this is pretty wholesome stuff and I think our world needs that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the fact that this writer gives good background and a lot of character details. Because we know about these girls, we want to know more about what happens to them. Since we know their hobbies, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, etc., we are very engaged in their quests. My girls and I have read the first two books in this series also and are very happy that each of our fairy ¿friends¿ is getting her shot at her very own fairy adventure, as a leader of the mission. This is a good lesson in fairness and makes us realize that everyone has greatness inside them and is capable of achieving great things. This story is fairly short, but has a lot of fun elements. We again have some contact with gnomes and brownies, but the writer has also added in elves, leprechauns, unicorns, a hedgehog, and a witch to the story. The fact that Madam Robin is a fairy mentor, but not a fairy, is also interesting. I am wondering how she got enchanted and hope that information is part of the series in the future. The entries from the Fairy Handbook are amusing, especially the toadstool ring definition. I recommend this book for lovers of fairies, magic, and little girl hero stories. You will like these little girls, they are very personable and good people. They take their jobs as fairies very seriously and do good things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite parts of this book is the description of what laughter is made of: things like tickle feathers, the sound of puppies barking, birdsong, wind chimes, jokes, Christmas snow and buried treasure. I also love the fact that Yin Yang balance is stressed in this story. My daughter loved the Christmas fairy circle and the brief unicorn visit to the fairies in the apple orchard. How laughter is spread around the world is also very interesting. My daughter actually asked questions about the jet stream, the chinook and zephyrs. She also wanted to know about Iceland, Finland and Norway. This book has made her want to learn things, and I have not had that kind of a response from her with many other books she has read. We have ordered an Atlas because of this book and looked up things in Encarta about the winds. However, this was mostly just a fun read for her because it was a good story.