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Fairy Wings [Paperback]

Lauren Mills , Dennis Nolan

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April 2001
This story takes place in the fairy world, where beautiful and splendid wings are a sign of superiority. Ridiculed by all but her friends Frog, Crow and Rat, little wing-less Fia proves her worth when she rescues all the winged fairies from a wicked troll who eats fairies wings.
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Once, when the trees and flowers grew as they pleased, there lived a host of the tiniest, most delicate fairies. Read the first page
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Illustration 17 Aug 2001
By Brenda - Published on Amazon.com
Little Fia is the youngest fairy in a family of eight sisters; her sisters have lovely wings, she has none. Fia's seven sisters have compassion for her lack of wings, but they disapprove of her earthly behavior and the animals she has befriended, which are a frog, a rat, and a crow. It's time for the May Dance, and the fairies will be showing off their wings in the reflection of Puffers Pond near Troll's Wood. Fia has reconciled to being left out again. While sharing a new creation with rat, Fia runs into a boy fairy named Kip. He invites her to the dance, and she accepts. Will she be brave enough to follow through? Will the May Dance be safe near Troll's Wood where the wing-collecting Troll lives?
Fairy Wings is a creatively written, artistically illustrated tale. The story is memorable, and little Fia, delicate in appearance, is valiant in thought and deed. She is a great role model. Fairy Wings is enjoyable for all ages, including adults. Getting through this 30-page wonder will take longer than you think; each illustration is wonderfully done, and will demand ample attention before you can turn to the next.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful tale, wonderful pictures 8 Oct 2002
By M. Lilliquist - Published on Amazon.com
This is the story of a little fairy named Fia, who, unlike all the other fairies, was born without wings. The other fairies tend to avoid her out of embarassment or discomfort, even her sisters. And while her parents are always loving, Fia must find her friends among the little animals. All this changes after she befriends one fairy boy, who later turns out to be the Prince; and after Fia bravely journeys to the Troll's cave to rescue all the other fairies, who have been captured by the Troll so that he might cut off their wings for his collection. Reminiscent of Rudolph the Reindeer, everyone changes their opinion of Fia after her heroism.
I read this story to my 4 1/2 year old daughter, and she really liked it. I imagine that this was primarily due to the wonderful, luminous illustrations. Although there are illustrations on every page, there is also a lot of text to go along with it, perhaps more than the patience of many younger kids can handle. The ideal ages would probably be from age 6 through 10.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Wings is a beautiful twist on a classic tale 10 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Set in the tiny world of fairies and goblins, Fairy Wings presents a beautiful rendition of the classic Cinderella story. The authors manage to weave a tale which will delite children of all ages while still maintaining the integrity of a brilliant literary work. Parents will love the vivid descriptions and advanced language which are often missing from children's literature. And if the story-line is simply not enough to move your spirit, the exquisite illustrations will certainly draw you into this heart-touching "fairy" tale.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for girls, this story is sure to transport you 13 Feb 2004
By MomTwoBoys - Published on Amazon.com
right into the magical world of fairies! I bought this book for my niece, but my son also enjoyed it. The illustrations are magnificent and even though the story is "Cinderella like" it goes on it's own course of events that kept us on the 'edge of our seats' till the end! Fia is beautiful on the inside and outside even though she isn't exactly like the other fairies. She might be dainty but she is courageous and brave! We highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy Tail Worthy of the Ages 12 July 2004
By Trent Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
This is a truly great children's book. It is my favorite fairy story of all time, seriously. There is adventure and compassion, deceit and intrigue, princes and trolls--it's all there. Fia is a wingless fairy and stands in for all who feel incomplete. In a rare occurance in modern books, her father is her greatest advocate. Her best friends (other fairies shun her, including her seven beautiful sisters)--a frog a rat and a crow--are also considered outcasts. By chance or fate she meets the Fairy Prince without realizing his true identity and he invites her to the Great May Dance. Amidst the ensuing Cinderella story, Fia exhibits great fortitude in saving all the fairies from a troll who--in a great swash of irony--wants the fairies only for their pretty wings. She is aided in this endeavor by her outcast friends and they all gain the respect of the fairies through this act at once compassionate and courageous. The large and lavish watercolor illustrations are equal to the text in this first husband-and-wife collaboration. I cannot recommend a book more enthusiastically for it's genre.
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