Away with the Fairies

Cover of Rainbow FairiesThere is something about fairies, if you have a 6-year old daughter they are everywhere. Books about fairies are everywhere! To take just the the Rainbow Magic series – there are colour fairies, jewel fairies, animal fairies, dance fairies, ocean fairies,  sporty fairies, fairies for the days of the week, holidays (including 5 devoted solely to Christmas) and even the weather – one suspects that they must be running out of ideas soon – surely! Series for children are not all bad – previous blogs here have discussed their role in encouraging early readers. I remember  my first solo reading – Five go off in a Caravan.  I pulled this from my mother’s hands to try to read by myself as I was so frustrated by her rationing of one chapter a day.  Ignore the badly written prose, poor storyline and zero dimensional characters – getting kids hooked reading words is the goal that will lead them on to higher things.

However, at this stage – my daughter’s not reading the fairy stories – I am!  Since my daughter’s primary judgement for good reading  is based on how pink the cover is – sometimes I do get a reprieve.  In addition to fairies, there are princesses and also ponies, and sometimes I am truly lucky and I get all three – Princess Evie’s Ponies – Silver the Magic Snow Pony – fortunately due to the wise judgment of library selectors not available at Christchurch City Libraries.  I am afraid to say that I am not always the most patient of parents – some of these books I have found so truly dreadful, that despite protests and even  tears, I am physically incapable of reading more than one page.

So what series are good to read to your 6 year old girl? Well, we have found some that we both enjoy:

  • Cover of Grandpa ChatterjiGrandpa Chatterji – a delightful series about a strange and mysterious grandfather from India who comes to stay.
  • Ivy and Bean – Two friends who get up to mischievous pranks.
  • Just Grace – Imagine being in a class with 4 other Graces.
  • Tilly Beanie – Tilly has a great imagination and always wants to be someone she’s not.
  • Katie – The Revolting bridesmaid – the girl who hates pink and “exquisite beading” has to be her sister’s bridesmaid.
  • Daisy and the trouble with … – Daisy is a cheeky girl who is often a  bit naughty and things go wrong and she gets into all sorts of predicaments.

4 thoughts on “Away with the Fairies

  1. Laraine 19 July 2010 / 4:24 pm

    Tilly Beanie? Well, Annie Dalton is always a delight to read. I love Tilly Beanie too. Please read me some, Alice! 🙂

  2. Michael A 20 July 2010 / 8:37 am

    We “did” the rainbow faries – apart from being trite beyond belief, the cost per volume was astronomical. The whole series could have filled one reasonable book. RIP OFF.

    Hard to remember 6 years old, transition from picture books to “chapter books”…but we quickly moved to Clarice Bean and Molly Moon and I can still annoy my youngest with 17 Kings and 42 Elephants!

    • Alice 20 July 2010 / 10:07 am

      At the Children’s market last week almost every girl above the age of 10 was selling a huge box of Rainbow Fairy books for between $1 and $3 each. We could have probably bought the entire collection for as little as $200!! My girl was limited to one.

  3. Valerie 23 July 2010 / 11:47 am

    If you or your children are sick of sweet, pink fairies, try Flax the Feral Fairy by Tiffany Mandrake and Marton Chatterton.Flax, with her spiked hair, hacked-feather skirt and rat-healed boots does not belong at Miss Kisses’ Academy of Sweetness for Little Fairies….

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