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THE FESTIVAL OF STONES; Autumn and Winter Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

Author: Reg Down

Illustrator: Reg Down

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing, Ltd.,

Material: paperback

Summary: Lightly is a fairy who lives in an oak tree on Farmer Jones’ farm. She is the community organizer for the seasonal holidays celebrated by all of nature’s creatures. The poetry, imagery, characters, and fairy tales delight the children who listen to or read them. This volume of the Tiptoes Lightly series focuses on the celebrations observed in autumn and winter.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This book is beautifully illustrated with images that show Halloween, Christmas, and The Festival of Animals. Unfortunately, I cannot say that Tip-Toes is my favorite story. I prefer Tinkerbell to Tip-Toes, and I wasn't really drawn in. Smaller kids, maybe first or second graders, would enjoy this book. Even though they cannot read well, their parents could read it to them. They are old enough to understand what’s going on.

Adult Reader Reaction: In addition to being a writer, Mr. Down is a wizard. With some help from Tiptoes Lightly and a few of her friends, he conjures up stories and myths associated with the seasons, in this case, Autumn and Winter, that captivate and fascinate his readers and listeners.

Pros: This is a fascinating book by an extraordinarily imaginative writer/teacher. There is great value to this work. The whole time I read it I could imagine the faces of 5 or 6 year olds listening to the stories.

Cons: Mr. Down doesn’t write for grown-ups! (If you consider that a negative.)

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Parents of preschoolers and children in the primary grades need this book. It is a fun read and the kids will want to hear about Tiptoes Lightly and her friends over and over again.


Educational Themes: Seasonal change is an important and unique natural process. The stories recounted in this book provide ways for children to understand and appreciate this natural phenomenon.

Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, poetry, fantasy, middle grade series, seasons

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2006

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