________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 3. . . . October 4, 2002

cover Imagine You're a Fairy. (Imagine This! Series).

Meg Clibbon. Illustrated by Lucy Clibbon.
Toronto, Annick Press, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-742-6 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-743-4 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Fairies-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-3 / Ages 7-8.

Review by Denise Weir.

*** /4



Nobody is quite sure where fairies live. They could live in dark, creepy caves or pretty little cottages or under delicate, dusky toadstools, or in silvery cobweb nets swinging in the branches of trees....but nobody really knows. They appear magically at the most unexpected moments and then they disappear again. Where do the come from? Where do they go to? Where do you think they live?

Have you ever had to answer the question, "Is the Tooth Fairy real?" The book Imagine You're a Fairy doesn't give authoritative answers to that question. However, it makes a humourous attempt at it! One might consider this a child's "encyclopedia" about fairies. This book leads children into imagination not through story, but through questions. "What is a fairy?" and "What do fairies look like?" are the first four pages of the book. There is also an introduction to different kinds of fairies and mythical creatures such as brownies, pixies, and leprechauns, which are described and illustrated in a humourous way.

     While some of the illustrations of fairies describe them in the typical, traditional ways, such as having wings and crowns or tiara's, the fairies are also portrayed as male, elderly, and of various cultural backgrounds.

     This book may appeal to children who are intimidated by text. There is very little text in the book, and the illustrator seems to have used oil paints to make childlike portraits of fairies, their apparel, and habitat. The author has also used italized text to encourage children, parents and/or teachers to discuss, illustrate, and act out their own version of life in "fairyland."

     "Where do they come from? Where do they go to? Where do you think they live?"

     The reviewer feels that this book can create the opportunity for children and adults to leap into "fairyland." There are recipes for "magic spells," "fairy dust," and "fairy bars." Tips on how to "practice flying" encourages the young fairies to "....run or skip around the yard and flapyour arms up and down with wings attached, it almost feels like flying."

     The reviewer considers this book to be a fun introduction into mythical beings. It could also be used in connection with St. Patrick's Day or Halloween activities. The author and illustrator have created a book, the uses of which are left up to one's imagination!


Denise Weir is a consultant with Manitoba Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, Public Library Services. Her background includes developing children's programming projects, and school librarianship.

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