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Title: Fairy World by Stella A. Caldwell
Fairy World is a guide to all things fairy. It is presented as the author’s research on fairies, which she is supposed to have seen at various times. It includes sections on A World of Fairies (location & appearance), Fairy Kingdoms, Enchantment, and Blessings and Curses. There are also case studies scattered throughout the book, which tell about related creatures (Dryad, Boggart, Selkie, etc.).
What can I say about this book? It is completely charming and celebrates the whimsical and enchanting world of fairies (and their kin). I think the book does an admirable job of briefly covering the many different areas that have to do with fairy lore. Though I’m a bit old to really appreciate and enjoy this book now, I would have loved it as a child. I enjoyed anything make-believe and magical. My girls, of course, love fairies.
I like the illustrations in this book–they’re a fun mixture of enhanced photos, charming drawings, and cobbled-together fantasy lands. Any child who likes fairies will enjoy all of the visuals.
I recommend Fairy World to elementary through preteen children. They are probably the audience most likely to enjoy immersing themselves in the fairy world (though there are sure to be some adult fairy fans out there, too).
Rating: 4 Stars
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