Reviews for Book of Fairies


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 December 2000
Gr. 3-6. Fairies come alive in stories, songs, and poetry. Only Thumbelina will be familiar to most readers; there is an excerpt from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, but this title is different from the more familiar tale. The pieces, some of which feature fairies who are more crotchety than fey, have an old-fashioned air, and Hague's lush, highly detailed artwork enhances the feeling. The most beautiful spreads are the ones in color, but even the line drawings are so intricate they deserve more than one look. Notes about the eight pieces will be very interesting for children wanting a bit of knowledge with their whimsy. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
Several of the six stories and two poems in this collection are so mawkish and sentimental that modern readers will quickly lose interest. Unfortunately, ""Lock-out Time"" by J. M. Barrie, one of the worst offenders, is placed first. Even so, fans of Hague's artwork and those who love fairies may persevere, and those who do will be rewarded with retellings of ""The Brownie o' Ferne-Den"" and ""The Goodwife's Midnight Labors."" Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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