Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Fairies at Bedtime by Karen Wallace and Lou Kuenzler


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SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:


Offers children the wisdom and guidance of fairy folk, elves, spirits and sprites in an enchanting collection of 20 calming bedtime stories, full of positive energy and told in a warm, inspiring and contemporary voice.
Fairies, devas, spirits and sprites – every culture around the world has recognised that nature is alive with positive and powerful energies. From mysterious elf kings and queens to will o’ the wisps, there are forces at work ready to help us to connect with our environment and enrich our experience.
This book presents a delightful collection of stories to enchant and inspire every child. While each tale is rich with magic, featuring creatures such as a moonbeam fairy and a friendly Cherokee fairy, there are also helpful messages at work. Here, your child will learn, for example, that change doesn’t need to be frightening, that we all have valuable talents and abilities, and that patience and faith are often rewarded. There are also messages to help children to better understand the natural world, including the importance of wilderness, why we should respect natural cycles and the need to conserve what is precious and irreplaceable. Affirmations at the end of each story help to highlight its positive message. Designed to be read either by parents with their children or by children on their own, these compelling narratives focus the child’s mind and provide a soothing transition into sleep or give food for thought during daytime reading. 

MY TAKE:
I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting children's books and this one fit the description.

Fairies at Bedtime is a collection of stories wherein fairies are either the protagonists or they help the main character out on in some way. There are also some background information about different types of faeries.

I'm not particularly fond of faery stories, but you don't have to be to appreciate this book. Parents will appreciate that this book will teach their kids things like being nice to others.

I really liked that at the end of each story there are affirmations or things that kids and parents can learn from the story they have just read.

The illustrations, on the other hand, are cute, although the coloring seems like it was done digitally. I prefer illustrations that mimic art medium like paint or colored pencils.

Thanks to NetGalley and Watkins Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The affirmations will help emphasize the value of the story.
  2. The stories teach different things.
  3. There are information on different kinds of faeries.

THE BAD:

  1. The coloring style might not be everyone's cup of tea.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
"Often it is the jobs no one notices that make the most difference," said the Queen.
READ IT IF:

  1. Your kid likes faeries.
  2. You like children's stories that have a positive message.
  3. You like stories that have educational value.

RATING:
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