The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies

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by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Christa Uzner
     
 

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Could a tulip be a good place for hide-and-seek? Could a bit of dandelion fluff be a pillow? They could be, if fairies live nearby. This book invites kids to have a backyard adventure searching for the telltale signs of fairies who might be residing all around them. Not only can children "search" for fairies in the book's unique blend of art and photography, but

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Could a tulip be a good place for hide-and-seek? Could a bit of dandelion fluff be a pillow? They could be, if fairies live nearby. This book invites kids to have a backyard adventure searching for the telltale signs of fairies who might be residing all around them. Not only can children "search" for fairies in the book's unique blend of art and photography, but they will also be encouraged to discover the wonder and magic in nature, whether in a backyard or a local park. The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is a perfect title for summer!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The lure of fairies never fades, and the idea that they lurk nearby, waiting to be found, is still exciting to children. And Unzner's (Princess Me) use of photographs (some of which feature fairy-seeking kids) as backdrops for her delicate fairies drives that notion home. Her creations are more cute than beautiful-they have button noses and frizzy hair, and appear fairly rambunctious, even as they evade the children looking for them. Debut author Paquette combines guidebook narrative ("We can see where they live if we know how to look for them") with warmer passages that include readers in the search ("Did you feel that tingle? I think something magical is about to happen"). Text and art work in tandem to create gentle suspense-scenes, such as one in which fairies retrieve a lost slipper just behind the retreating shoes of the searching children, will prompt giggles, and the promise of a fairy encounter is sweetly fulfilled at the end. Though Unzner's sketchy hand-drawn fairies ultimately feel superimposed on, rather than part of, the photographic landscapes, readers should still be enticed by the idea of magic infusing the natural world. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Fairies are not just in magical lands far away; they might be just outside if one knows how to look for them. The flowers might be where they are playing hide-and-seek; the rock might be hiding a fairy's lost slipper. The dandelion might give just the right amount of fluff for a pillow. Acorns might provide the fairies with meat for their favorite dessert, acorn mousse. No fairies were seen during this visit but maybe the fairies might be seen on another day. The illustrations combine real photographs of regular animals and objects found in nature with drawings of fairies. While the illustrations are delightful, the story does not quite rise to the same level. One might wonder what acorn mousse really is and some pictures do not quite match with the text. With this particular format, one would wish for more content or some clever ways to find the fairies on a future visit outdoors. If preschoolers and kindergarteners want to just look at pictures, this could be an option as long as other fairy stories are included. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This story informs readers that fairies are just about everywhere, if they know how to look. The art is composed of photographs juxtaposed with cartoonlike drawings of the magical creatures. For example, an image of a field of tulips, with fairies peeking out here and there, is accompanied by text that reads, "Fairies love flowers. These tulips would be just right for playing hide-and-seek. Curled up inside, a fairy could not be spotted by anyone." Paquette encourages readers to help the sprites by doing things like blowing dandelion fluff to make a pillow or moving a rock to make a pool. A positive quality of this book is that it seeks to inspire children to notice the magnificent natural world in their own backyard or neighborhood.—Linda M. Kenton, Pickleweed Public Library, San Rafael, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933718507
Publisher:
Tanglewood Press IN
Publication date:
05/16/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
761,692
Product dimensions:
8.11(w) x 10.11(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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mrsinserra1 More than 1 year ago
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is a cute book that encourages children to pay attention to their surroundings, enjoy the beauty of nature, and believe in the unbelievable, Fairy's. Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies is lighthearted, funny, and very colorful. It is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen. The images look to be a mixture of actual photographs with drawings of fairy's superimposed over top. It is not cheesy looking at all; it has an almost magical look and feel to it. .Every page is full of pictures and there are many ideas to keep you kid interested in this book as you read, how many fairy's are on each page? How many fairy's are doing a particular activity? Point out different colors, ect... This book is perfect for a little girl, but some boys may enjoy the magic of it as well. This is a children's book. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com