The Fairiest Fairy

Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
AUD $14.99
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A charming rhyming story with an uplifting message about a fairy called Betty who never quite seems to get things right. This paperback edition included a free audio reading.

Poor Betty! She's always getting into messy muddles. She can't paint a rainbow, or scatter dewdrops and her pirouettes are, well, pretty precarious. You see, with so many animals to rescue and friends to help, there's just no time for Betty to practise all the things a fairy should. But when it comes to the Fairy Ball, Betty's friends return her gifts of kindness and it becomes clear who is actually the fairiest fairy of them all.

Author bio:

Anne Booth has always wanted to be a children's writer, but on the way to becoming one has worked in many jobs. Anne lives in Kent in a lovely village with her husband and four children, and the children's grandfather across the road. They have two hens, called Poppy and Anastasia and two dogs called Timmy and Ben. Anne loves tea and once won a Blue Peter badge for writing a poem about two mice in a bucket of rice. Despite this, she does not own any mice.

WC Ros Beardshaw has illustrated many books for children, most recently Nosy Crow's Funny Face, Sunny Face. Ros loves creating new characters, especially if they can be based loosely/wholly on her shaggy lurcher, Basil. She lives in York with her husband and

Category: Picture books
ISBN: 9780857633163
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Imprint: Nosy Crow
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 32
Format: Paperback
Age: 3 - 6
Subject: Picture books

Teachers Reviews

Betty was a fairy who just never got things right,
She was always in a muddle
Though she tried with all her might…

No matter what Betty tried to do at fairy school, she just couldn’t get herself sorted. Even her wand was tied on with elastic so she wouldn’t lose it! And her first attempts at spells did not have the desired results. She can’t scatter dewdrops or wake up the flowers or paint rainbows and she is terribly upset. But Betty has something else – she has compassion and empathy and as she wends her way through the book many of nature’s gentle creatures are thankful for what she offers.

So when it is time for the Fairy Ball, Betty is disconsolate for she knows she will not be chosen as the fairiest fairy until…

This is a charming story- that focuses on friendship, persistence, resilience and individuality in a setting that will definitely appeal to most very young girls. Betty could become a role model as she refuses to give up, putting the needs of others first when she could be practising. Booth has chosen to write the story in rhyme so it has that rhythm that little ones like and Beardshaw’s gentle, bright illustrations are a delightful accompaniment.

Given the continued popularity of stories about fairies that never seems to wane as each new class of preschoolers and Kindy kids comes to the library, this will be a popular addition to the New-For-You display at the beginning of term.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, NSW

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