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Do Fairies Bring the Spring? Board book – February 8, 2019
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Liza Gardner Walsh has worked as a children’s librarian, pre-school teacher, high-school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator, and she holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Camden, Maine. Award-winning illustrator of more than a dozen books, Hazel Mitchell grew up in England, where she attended art college
- Publisher : Down East Books; Illustrated edition (February 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Board book : 22 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608936600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608936601
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 12
- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.5 x 5.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do you think there might be fairies near?"
Thus begins this sweet book, written in rhyme, that exposes the young reader to the magic of fairies who wake up the sleepy plants from their long winter's nap and add vibrant colours to the world as it comes alive. Questions are posed to get the reader thinking about fairies and how they interact with nature and help create new growth and beauty for everyone to enjoy.
"Do the fairies pull out all the stubborn shoots and brush out winter's tangled roots?"
"Are they huddled around in their fairy house towns, planning on ways to fill the bare ground?"
"Do they use tiny brushes and oil pastels to paint crocuses, lilacs, and daffodils?"
This charming sequel to "Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows" along with the brilliant illustrations will have your child out in the garden looking for hidden fairies that just might appear and help their own gardens to grow. I am sure upon reading the book kids will have a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Highly recommended.
What an imaginative spin on why and how the seasons change! I especially liked all of the questions the narrator asked the audience about what fairies might quietly be doing at the end of each winter to get ready for the change in season. They added many different types of playful spins to the plot as the questions became more and more creative.
There was one scene that I thought might be a little too dark for sensitive readers in this age group. It talked about what would happen if the fairies refused to wake up the plants one spring, and it would have frightened me a little bit when I was the age of the target audience. With that being said, this was a minor criticism of a story that was otherwise adorable and well worth the read.
My favourite scenes were the ones that showed the fairies digging around in the earth or making sure that every flower was as colorful as it needed to be for spring. The fairies were so cheerful as they worked no matter how long it took to get everything right. It was also very cute to see them consulting tiny books and having conversations with other fairies about what they should be doing next.
Do Fairies Bring the Spring? should be read by anyone who is eagerly looking forward to the end of winter.
originally posted at long and short ya reviews
5 stars for the delightful, attractive illustrations of spring flowers, gardening tools, and tiny wild animals helping out. And the fairies are different colours and races, which makes it very cute and nice to look at and helps little readers identify with them. Have a look at the cover, for example.
There are questions and suggestions about how fairies might be waking up the dormant plants and affecting how things grow. Good for conversations with kids.
The poetry could be better, but an adult might be able to compensate when reading aloud and distracting a child with the many little details in the pictures.
(I reckon the poetry’s maybe 3 stars.)
“For without the plants would fairies cease to be?
And without fairies would plants vanish entirely?”
Pretty little book that will add nicely to a library.
(I’m quoting from my NetGalley preview copy, so the text may have changed when it’s published.)
The illustrations add to make the writing in this quick reading book come to life. The questioning style of the wording was a wonderful way to guide the very young and the not so young, like me, to thinking of the magical season of Spring. While it may be available digital, I think this is one that would make a perfect hardcover copy gift. With the questions and details in the illustrations, it is sure to become a child’s favorite.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
The text rhymes and is nice and lyrical. The pictures are just beautiful, engaging, and full of little surprises. If you really take the time to look through all the pictures, you'll see little ladybugs, snails, bees, other little bugs, and woodland creatures. There's a decent amount of diversity within the fairy ranks, including a boy fairy, and our main fairy is black.
I cannot say enough about the illustrations! I'm absolutely charmed by them. They're delightful! One page talks about using tiny brushes and oil pastels to paint the flowers and some of the fairies are holding little oil pastels that they're clearly using to color the flowers. It's just lovely.
The text is very lyrical. A few times the rhyming words were stretching it a bit, but they never broke the lyrical pace and flow. It's also obvious that the illustrator really paid attention to the text when she made the illustrations.
I highly recommend this book for any fairy lover in your life! It's just delightful!