It’s warming up out there (hopefully no more bomb cyclones!) and it’s almost time to start heading outside to look for Backyard Fairies–which just so happens to be Julie’s picture book review of the week!
Author/Illustrator: Phoebe Wahl
Opening: Have you ever found, while out on your own…a tiny, magical somebody’s home?
Summary: A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind… In the end, it is clear (both to the girl and readers) that there is magic all around, even when it’s hidden in plain sight.
I like this book because: after a blizzard on Wednesday (they called it a bomb cyclone – it was bad, I don’t mean to joke!), I realized that I am more than ready for lush green foliage and the magic of finding ANYTHING in my backyard! Already a big fan of Wahl’s art, I did not need convincing, but this is a very sweet story of discovery – and a perfect read, any time!
Resources/Activities: build a fairy garden, a house, a spot in your own yard, and if you don’t have a yard of your own, build one in a public space. And if weather does not yet allow you to get started, design one!
You can purchase Backyard Fairies online or call the store to reserve a copy!