The Night Fairy

Laura Amy Schlitz, Author, Angela Barrett, Illustrator
Laura Amy Schlitz, Author, Angela Barrett, Illustrator , illus. by Angela Barrett. Candlewick $16.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3674-6
Reviewed on: 01/04/2010
Release date: 02/01/2010
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All is not well in fairyland, at least for Flory, a young night fairy whose wings were broken during an encounter with a bat. Feeling vulnerable when unable to fly, Flory finds shelter in a wren house and decides to become a day fairy despite her nocturnal bent (“She soon found that her body did not like the day. Her skin liked to be cool and moist, not hot and dry”). In this whimsical and cozy tale, Newbery Medalist Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet La dies! Voices from a Medieval Village ) explores what it's like for a tiny winged creature to be grounded. Readers will delight in Flory's resourcefulness in finding food, clothing, and a new form of transportation (on the back of a squirrel), and identify with her brash, childlike personality (“I hate, hate, hate bats, and I'm always going to hate them”), which softens as she grows compassionate and makes friends. Culminating with Flory's brave act of saving a hummingbird caught in a spider's web, this story reveals how handicaps can be overcome through quick thinking and determination. Full-color art not seen by PW . Ages 7–11. (Feb.)

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