When you look at this book - Fairy Friends - you can see that it is rather pink and all about fairies so it was sure to appeal to both my daughters without a doubt! Also it has a very interesting front cover which has a window at the front. This is filled with some sort of liquid and tons of small glittery stars so if you give the book a good shake it makes fairy dust appear everywhere!My girls were both really excited when they saw what it could do. (Mind you, you do have to give a book a really good shake to get all the stars swirling about but it is worth it!)
The book is written by Claire Freedman and illustrted by Gail Yerrill and is filled with lots of lovely short poems all about fairies. They are called the friendship fairies and do lots of lovely things to make you feel happy. On the first page they are introduced:
'Amongst the garden flowers
In the leafy, dappled light,
The tiny friendship fairies live
Hiding out of sight.'
I think this paints a rather lovely picture and my youngest daughter was so entranced by this that she keeps going out into our garden and looking under the flowers to see whether she is able to spot some fairies too! She hasn't found one yet but she is convinced they are there!
It goes on to say that they live in a 'shimmery, secret world' and that 'their lives are extra magical as friendship lasts forever!' I hope you can see just from these small examples that this book is based on some lovely ideas and uses very descriptive and eloquent language. Throughout all the poems, the language is beautiful and there are lots of wonderful verbs and adjectives - glistening, fluttering, sparkling, sprinkling, and so on - which all seem to capture the grace and the elegance of these fairies.
As the book progresses, each poem seems to take you through to a different aspect of the fairies' lives. We really like the one where it tells you what fairies do for fun. Did you know that they jump over toadstools, dance with bees, play catch with the ladybirds and swing on spiders' webs? Neither did I but it does sound a lot of fun, and all of these ideas really seem to capture the imaginations of my almost five year old and just three year old daughters!
We also discover that when it's wet and they can't go out to play, that the fairies have a lot of fun in their salon sharing fashion tips! Oh yes, it's really cut throat in the world of fairy fashion!
And finally, at the end of the day, all good fairies have to go to sleep! We learn that our fairies lie under shady ferns and share stories. In fact most of the lovely things that the fairies do in these poems mirror what little girls like to do with their friends, so they can really relate to these lovely poems.
All of the poems have a lovely gentle, almost lilting rhythm, and as all contain rhyme they are very easy to join in with and start to actually predict what the rhyming words might be. This is also very good for developing early phonic skills.
The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and most have a dreamy, mystical uality to them. There is a lot of lovely detail which relatesto the poems perfectly. All the pastel colours are quite muted and it just makes you want to absorb every page.
Overall, this is a wonderful little book to share with small fairy loving girls. They will love the ideas and the pictures on every page, and if they are anything like my daughters they will want you to read the poems again and again! It is published by Little Tiger Press and has a RRP of £6.99.
Oh and by the way, after your children have gone to bed (dreaming of fairies of course) nd you are out in your garden watering your plants, watch out forthat littlefairy curled asleep under the rose bush!