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Lily has a talent for making things grow. So when she finds a mysterious seed in the middle of the woods, she plants it. But the seedling that comes up is not anything Lily expected. It stinks and it oozes sap. Will Lily have to pull up her poor pesky plant?

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ISBN-13: 9780736423748
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/10/2006
Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.61(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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Lily's Pesky Plant

By Kirsten Larsen

Random House

Kirsten Larsen
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ISBN: 0736423745

Chapter One

Early one morning, Lily woke to the sound of birds chirping in the topmost branches of the Home Tree, the ancient maple where Never Land's fairies live. Opening her eyes, she saw the walls of her room stretch ever so slightly as the great tree reached its branches toward the early-morning sun. Lily pushed back her fern-frond quilt and yawned, stretching her arms up into the air.

Lily climbed out of bed and opened the doors of her wardrobe, which was made from a dried gourd. She chose a thistledown shirt and knickers woven from dandelion fluff. Unlike some fairies, Lily didn't like spider-silk gowns and shoes with heels as thin as pine needles. She liked simple, sturdy clothes.

In the tearoom, Lily had her usual breakfast, a cup of lemongrass tea and a slice of poppy seed cake. Some of the other garden-talent fairies at Lily's table sat for a while at breakfast. They refilled their pots of tea and spread heaps of black cherry jam on their bread. But not Lily. The moment her plate and cup were empty, she pushed them aside and flew off to her garden.

Lily's garden was just two frog's leaps beyond the Home Tree, right in the heart of Pixie Hollow. All the fairies agreed that it was one of the nicest places in the entire fairy kingdom. On one side of her garden was a hedge of raspberry bushes. On the other side, a wild rosebush sweetly scented the air. Everywhere bright red and orange poppies sprang from the ground. Clusters of Queen Anne's lace and lilac made pleasant groves where a fairy could sit and think. And throughout the garden, sweet clover sprouted in fairy-sized beds. They were perfect for taking naps in.

The garden was a favorite spot of many fairies, who were always dropping by. Harvest-talent fairies picked raspberries from the bushes. Healing-talent fairies collected herbs for their potions. Other fairies simply liked to walk among the beautiful flowers.

Lily welcomed them all. Next to working in her garden, Lily's favorite thing was watching fairies enjoy the beautiful plants she grew. The fairies also enjoyed Lily's company. With her friendly, direct smile and her sparkling dark eyes, she was as fresh and lovely as the flowers she grew.

As soon as Lily got to her garden, she called out, "Bumble!" At once, a large bee zipped out of the flowers and flew up to her. Bumble was yellow, round, and fuzzy all over. He wasn't Lily's pet, exactly. He had just showed up one day and never left. The two had become good friends.

Bumble always followed Lily as she took care of her plants. She watered them. She checked their leaves for spots. That morning Lily saw that some of the daffodils had been toppled by a breeze. She tied the stems to stakes to help them stand sturdy and strong again.

When she was done making the rounds in her garden, Lily lay down on a patch of soft moss to watch the grass grow. To you this might sound boring, but for her it was every bit as exciting as watching butterfly races (a favorite fairy pastime). Lily was certain that the blades of grass grew faster when they knew she was watching.

Unluckily for Lily, she was the only fairy in all of Pixie Hollow to have this hobby. When others saw her lying in the grass, they usually thought she was doing nothing at all. Often, they would start talking to her. This frustrated Lily, for it broke her concentration.

And that was exactly what happened that morning. Bumble was buzzing around the buttercups in the corner of her garden, and Lily was lying nearby, watching a (very slow) race between two blades of grass. One blade was winning, and Lily was urging the other one to catch up, when a voice broke through her thoughts.

"I say, what a funny thing!" The voice was loud and a bit shrill.

Lily didn't move, except to lower her eyelids. She hoped whoever it was would think she was sleeping and go away.

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Lily's Pesky Plant 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I struggle to find books that are written at a reading level that is a challenge for my young fluent reader. Books at her reading level often address inappropriate themes such as dating, or feature sassy, know-it-all type kids. These books are a joy. They offer new vocabulary words, feature interesting characters, and are good for read-to-me as well as for kids who can read on their own. We have bought all of these books and my daughters love them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very good. I love the book because it's all about fairies! Man, I love it and Tinker Bell was in it. I wish I had her autograph! (Tinkerbell, I mean!)
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
This was a terrible book for children! Lily finds a seed she knows nothing about and plants it. First, it stinks so badly that everyone in Pixie Hollow has to wear a scarf with lavender in it over their faces all the time. Imagine what that would be like. Then it attracts a hord of wasps, which can kill fairies. Then it produces a pollen which infects the air, the food supply, the pixie dust supply; all the fairies are allergic to it and it makes them all so sick the they can't hardly work or function; keep in mind they no NOTHING about this plant or pollen at all; no one has ever seen it before. Then a couple of fairies get stuck in the plant's sap and almost become owl food. And the entire time, Lily just does nothing; takes no responsibility at all except to take care of the plant. Other fairies are telling her to chop it down, but she refuses to. Queen Clarion is a complete waste of a ruler in this book who does nothing. The only discussion between the Queen and the fairies refers to whether the two fairies who got stuck in sap should have been in Lily's garden, and because it's Lily's garden, she should decide if she keeps the plant or not. This was ridiculous and reflective of today's societal belief that the rights of one individual outweigh the danger to a whole society. Imagine if you had to wear a scarf over your face with lavender in it all the time because you couldn't smell anything but stink. Imagine if you were so sick from allergic reactions to a mysterious pollen, no one knew anything about, that infected your air, your food, your everything, that you could hardly work or function. Imagine if there were predators suddenly over your living community that could kill you at anytime. And all of this was because of one person's plant. Any real ruler would have chopped that thing down in the best interests of the society as a whole. And if Lily had any sense of real responsibility for her friends and community, which she did not, she would have chopped it down. This was a terrible book for kids which teaches NO responsibility toward others what so ever. I could care less whether the plant, in the very end, turned out to be some rare fruit plant. Lily was lucky that no one was killed by wasps or allergic reactions due to her plant and selfish irresponsibilty! Most of the Disney Fairies books in this series were excellent. Also avoid Dulce's Taste of Magic, where she steals ingredients from other fairies to make a magic recipe; that was a terrible book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good series for girls starting to read fluently.
WriterForKiddos More than 1 year ago
Another winner for the Tinker Bell series. "Lily's Pesky Plant delivers entertainment, improving reading skills for children, and retelling an important message of "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Not judging something (or someone) before you get to know it/them.
GGAV More than 1 year ago
My daughter really enjoyed it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lily's Pesky Plant is a book that i read a week ago that is about a fairy. This book is about lots of different fairies that all have different jobs. This is a very easy book but sometimes I like to read easy books. I do challenge myself sometimes. The book 'Lily's Pesky Plant' is about a garden fairy named Lily that has discovered a name plant. Lily's garden friend named Iris is helping her figure out what it is. Lily plants the plant and after a while the other fairies want to get rid of it so Mother Dove holds a meeting to see who wants to get rid of the plant. But before the meeting Lily sees a round item forming on the tree and doesn't want anyone to see it or the plant for sure would be gone. During the meeting while Mother Dove was talking Iris came in with the mysterious item and said 'This is delicous!' I had fun reading this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series.