Fairies at Bedtime
BOOKS FOR BITTIES
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication date: October 2, 2012
Relax and empty your mind of everyday thoughts. Be still and listen carefully to this story about a fairy who makes a friend and learns to be proud of her work.
This is a collection of twenty short stories featuring fairies that aim to teach children lessons about life, friendship, values, and kindness. Each begins with an illustration and a short paragraph that’s designed to help focus the listener, and at the end of each are a number of discussion points for a parent or reader to consider that bring home the lesson of each story.
The stories in this book are short and incredibly simplistic. These could easily be used as illustrations for a parent or teacher looking to teach about a particular moral or value. Lessons like being kind to others, not boasting, not being afraid to try new things, and caring for nature are taught in a way that children can relate to and easily understand. The stories are cute, positive, and straightforward.
In some ways, I think these stories were too straightforward. After awhile they all seemed to blend together and follow too much of a similar pattern — child has a problem, child meets fairy, fairy helps solve problem, and everyone lives happily ever after. Occasionally, things would get changed up a bit and it would be a fairy that has a problem, solved either by a child or by another fairy, but the formula stayed pretty much the same. Oftentimes, the fairies themselves were superfluousness; a human friend could have done the same thing that the fairy character did. Many were in modern day with few or no magical elements at all.
I had a difficult time determining the desired age group for these stories. The plot and characters were simplistic and cute enough to read to a preschooler, but the lack of illustrations left my preschooler antsy and distracted; readers who have moved beyond picture books may find the stories too childish. They also contained some New Age elements that I wasn’t expecting, such as meditation instructions, as well as references to one’s inner “powers,” “nature spirits,” and the concept of karma.
Overall: Short, very simplistic life lessons designed to appeal to fairy fanatic 4-7 year olds.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book!