This is an absolutely beautiful little book and for any little girl who loves fairies and pink it is bound to make all their dreams come true! 'The Secret Fairy Letters' is actually more than a book as I will go on to explain!
When you first see the book you will notice that it is a hard cover with a picture of a couple of fairies (one dressed as a post lady) and there are lots of twinkly stars and hearts all over the cover! My daughter was very excited when she saw all this but even more so when she saw the pink ribbon tied in a bow at the side which was keeping all the pages together. She thought this was wonderful!
When you first open the book you find a little secret envelope on the inside cover - there was even more excitement from my daughter at this point! I thought she was hardly going to be able to contain herself as she opened it and found some secret stickers!
The basic storyline of 'The Secret fairy Letters' is that there is a big fairyland fair being organised by all the fairies who live there. All the fairies have wonderful names such as Blossom, Hollyhock, Lavender and Nettle! They are all very busy with so much to organise and as part of their organising a lot of letters have to be sent to and fro. Now the wonderful thing is that every time a letter is sent, there really is a letter and in an envelope! In fact every page is scattered with little letters hidden behind bushes or little doors to open. As you can imagine, it really is the sort of book to appeal to little girls!
I will just give you an example of one of the letters. The first one we come to is addressed to
Fairyland High Street, Fairyland
and has some floral decoration as well as a stamp on the front. It is exactly like a real envelope, only smaller, and little fingers do have to be a bit careful when opening it. Once you open it up you see that there is an invitation inside inviting Hollyhock to Blossom's house that afternoon for satsuma squash, wildmint cookies and to discuss a secret plan! the invitation is also beautifully decorated. On the same page there is a similar invitation to Bluebell, but this one is so small that you really need a pair of tweezers in order to get it out in one piece!
And so it goes on, on evey page there are lots of wonderful letters as the fairies plan their big event. All of the letters are very different from each other and therefore are very individual. You can't help thinking that so much attention to detail has gone into making this book! A bit further on in the book a very special letter arrives from the Queen herself. There is a flurry of excitement as the fairies open this letter to find out whether she can make it - and luckily she can. This is another beautifully individual letter, this time decorated with the royal crowns!
It is really difficult to describe just how much my daughter loves looking at this book and taking all the letters out of their envelopes for me to read! And there are not only letters, there's a poster, a recipe book and a beautiful pop up carousel. I have to say that every single page is such a delight!
You would think that this book just couldn't get any better but you would be wrong! After your little girl has worked her way through the story and enjoyed all the letters, she will find at the end little compartments with a note pad, envelopes, stamps and pencils so she can write her own secret fairy letters too! What a treat! It also leads my daughter into role play as she loves acting out being all the different fairies!
So overall I do think this is a pretty fantastic book - every page is so well thought out and the individuality of all the letters is fantastic! However, I would have to give a bit of a word of warning as a lot of the things in this book are quite delicate. My daughter who is now four can pretty mauch manage to treat the book well, but she does have a smaller sister who has no idea how to look after things! Therefore, i would recommend keeping it in a safe place and only bringing it out at special times as it would be such a shame for it to be ruined.
The book has a RRP of £10.99 and is published by Orchard Books. I managed to get it through The Book People (seemy review) for only £3.99 though which was a great saving!
An irresistible novelty book bursting with dinky - and top secret! - fairy letters, postcards and invites. Find out what all the fairy commotion is leading up to this time. Pop-up runner bean roller coasters and daisy carousels are certainly involved...And as you turn the last page and win the fairy raffle, you get a stunning mini stationery set with colour pencils, envelopes, letter-writing paper, a rubber, a pencil sharpener, a notepad and much more! A fabulous fairy treat that little girls will treasure!