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The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

Publication Date: February 23, 2010.

Reviewed For: Grades 1 – 4

Journal Review / Summary
Flory is a night fairy who is still becoming accustomed to her beautiful mothlike wings when a run-in with a bat drops her into a strange garden unable to fly. She is forced to learn to survive in the daylight and takes up residence in a birdhouse in a Giantess’s garden. Flory, no taller than an acorn, struggles at first with squirrels, hummingbirds, spiders, and other creatures that do not look at the world the same way she does. She quickly learns that kindness, compassion, generosity, and bravery can help her to make much-needed friends. Written in short chapters, this beautifully crafted tale works equally well as a read-aloud or as independent reading. Barrett’s full-color watercolor illustrations add depth and perspective to the story. Detailed and drawn to scale, they give readers a sense of just how tiny Flory is compared to the other animals. Children will enjoy looking at this garden from the perspective of the tiny but resilient protagonist. Sure to be a favorite among girls who love fairies. – SLJ

Presentation of Information (accuracy, clarity, information):

Delineation of a setting:
Wonderful description.

Delineation of a plot:
Plot based on character development – very strong.

Delineation of characters:
Very very strong character development.

Appropriateness of style:
Great for read-aloud or transition between easy readers and longer chapter books.  Illustrations are beautiful.

Interpretation of the theme or concept:
Well written, I think kids will get it.

Excellence of presentation for a child audience:
Fairy loving girls will eat this book up for sure.

Concluding Newbery Thoughts:
I don’t understand why this is on so many Mock Newbery lists, but I kind of want to put it in mine so we can all discuss it.

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