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Daisy and the Magic Lesson: Fairy Blossoms #1    by Suzanne Williams & Fiona Sansom order for
Daisy and the Magic Lesson
by Suzanne Williams
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Suzanne Williams' Daisy and the Magic Lesson, first in a new Fairy Blossoms series, is enchanting. Williams' fairies live in Cloverleaf Cottage and each is chosen to attend Mistress Lily's Fairy School to be trained as fairy godmothers, helpers and wish-granters to humans.

Cloverleaf Cottage is a wondrous place with pink clover, shops, and fairy houses. Flowers are beds with petals as blankets, and dewdrops provide washwater. There Daisy is challenged to find her own special talent, while joyfully making new friends. Violet's special skill is to become invisible, Poppy is a shape-shifter, and Marigold adds colors to her wings to accessorize outfits. Holly, Hyacinth, and Heather are mischievous triplets, while Rose dresses elegantly with a tiara and ruby necklace.

Daisy doesn't know any magic at all, but gets a chance to discover her own talent when a human is in need of the fairies' help - are rumors of the existence of monsters in the human town of Blessing really true?

Colorful settings and charming characterizations are accompanied by a clever storyline in Suzanne Williams' new venture, which is sure to appeal to youngsters. There are magical moments where dreams come true, along with lessons in friendship, forgiveness, teamwork, and trust. Fiona Sansom's line illustrations enhance the scenes, with some added humor - for example, showing a dripping wet Daisy after an accidental fall into a stream.

Daisy is the star in Williams' first book in this planned series of six for ages seven to ten. Supporting characters will star in their own stories, with book number two entitled Poppy and the Vanishing Fairy.

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