The Night Fairy
Laura Amy Schlitz & Angela Barrett
Candlewick, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
aura Amy Schlitz's
, Flory, '
was born a little before midnight when the moon was full
', which makes this the time of day her magic is always strongest. She's proud of her wings, '
pale green with amber moons on them.
ne night, young Flory, '
as tall as an acorn
', encounters a bat who accidentally damages her wings. Falling into '
a giant's garden
', she discovers that she can no longer fly and takes refuge in a birdhouse. Nourishing herself on dew and pollen, and no longer safe at night, Flory decides to become a day fairy.
he young fairy faces a hungry squirrel and learns a stinging spell. She teaches the squirrel to cooperate, earns his friendship, and rides around the garden on him. She helps a hummingbird trapped in a spiderweb, defends its eggs from a predator, and fends off a raccoon, with help from a surprising source. And she makes a true friend.
he Night Fairy
is a sweet and engaging chapter book - enhanced by Angela Barrett's delicate illustrations - about how fear and misunderstanding can turn to hatred, but acts of kindness can build new understanding and friendship.
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