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Summary: The woodcutter never had enough to keep his family fed and warm in the winter. His mother, who was blind, lived with the woodcutter and his wife. Th couple also wanted a child, but never were able to have one. One day, the woodcutter saves a fairy from an eagle in the forest and earns one wish. He thinks about all the things he would like to wish for personal things, a baby, his mother's sight, gold, etc. What will he wish for? This is a picture book folktale that also comes with an audio CD.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book.
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 4.3
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: She enjoyed the book, but I'm not sure she understood all of it. She especially liked listening to the CD.
Adult Reader Reaction: The Faerie's Gift is a sweet story. The pictures were soft and beautiful, perfect for a folktale book. It was a bit mature for my four year old to fully grasp.
Pros: Readers will enjoy the beautiful pictures and sweet story. The excellent audio CD makes the story accessible to young listeners who can follow along.
Cons: None, really. It does seem a little mature for the stated reading audience.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book but not one that you have to have. I would recommend borrowing it from the library.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fables and folklore, family
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com.