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Summary: This collection of photographs gives readers a chance to see where fairies live … and see if we can capture them on film.
This is a photographic story.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Age of Child: started reading with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: While reading the book, our preschooler was convinced she could see fairies and pixies in the photographs. When we finished, she started rattling off materials she would use to make her own fairy house.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book would be beyond our child, as there really is no story, just pictures. S/He was immediately engaged, and now we have something fun for all of us to do!
Pros: The pictures offer great ideas for individuals looking to create their own fairy houses. The message is clear: let your imagination run wild, as the possibilities of just-the-right-house are endless.
Cons: Some may find this to be more a coffee-table book than a storybook. There are a number of quite-elaborate abodes (complete with furniture) that would seem to be beyond the target audience's abilities to create.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you're a fairy house aficianado.
Educational Themes: There are several layers to this book. First, it may inspire you to build your own houses. Second, you can look at a house and start your own story about the fairy(ies) who live there.
Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, fantasy, interactive learning, picture book