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Freddie and the Fairy [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Karen George
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1 April 2011
Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain . . . A delightful tale full of Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyme and wit, with a subtle message about hearing impairments.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511186
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia Donaldson is the most popular picture book author writing today. Among her bestselling books are THE PRINCESS AND THE WIZARD (978-1-4050-9076-6), illustrated by Lydia Monks, and CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FOR GREEDY GOOSE (978-1-4050-2190-6), illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Julia is perhaps best known for the modern classic THE GRUFFALO (978-0-333-71093-7), illustrated by Axel Scheffler and now a successful animation. Karen George, winner of the Waterstone's/Macmillan Children's Books Picture This competition, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and lives in London with her young family. This is Karen's first picture book.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Lanoir
Another Donladson classic.
This book is the product of the Waterstone's illustration competition - hence a new collaboration for Donaldson with a new illustrator. The story is Donaldson rhyme which has timeless appeal to children and adult readers.
What I like most about this story is the fact that it features a hard of hearing fairy whose diasbility is the source of a number of errors in her spellcasting. Poor Freddie gets very disappointed as his wishes fail to materialise as he expects. However, Freddie does learn the importance of speaking slowly clearly and facing his audience which is a vital lesson for everyone, even when their listener does not have hearing difficulties. It has led to some pertinent discussion in our house on speaking clearly and being patient in order to be understood.

Personally, I don't like the pictures as much as in some of Donaldson's other stories (I would describe them as a cross between Quentin Blake and Lauren Child - perfectly good compared to most picture books) but I am still rating this as a five as the story is so readable, and has such an important message which all childen and adults can benefit from hearing again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for my little girl who has just turned 2. She loves the story and frequently requests it as her bedtime book. The illustrations may not be to everyones taste - I love them as there is so much going on and loads of discussion and inference that can take us beyond the moral story. My wife, on the other hand, isn't a fan. The story itself has a lovely message that will be more meaningful for my daughter as she grows up but there's enough in the story as it is to engage her - tree climbing, fairies, magic wands and pets! A perfect cocktail for anyone from 2 - 5.

Beware the one star comments as they are critical, not of the product, but of the delivery difficulties they have had.

Another essential tale in the Julia Donaldson collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done julia 3 July 2012
As someone who is deaf I was delighted by this book as a means to help my daughter (4) understand how to communicate, but also as a means to inform her friends, teachers etc all about her mummy's disability. I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is now our second favourite book after the Gruffalo. When I purchased it, I didn't even know it was about a deaf fairy so what a pleasant surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little story 9 July 2012
By Belle
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While this book wasn't quite what I was expecting it was delightful! The verse is lovely as you would expect and the illustrations so sweet. My son loves it, he is 7 with bi-lateral cochlear implants which is why I bought the book. He took it to school to show his friends and his teacher, she immediately asked if it was ok to read to the class, who then also loved it :) I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little story! 5 May 2012
By J Perks
This is a great read with a lovely little message in the story that everyone can learn from. I have had requests to read this story almost every night since Christmas from both my kids. They both love this book, but my son (3) in particular can identify with the story as he wears hearing aids too.

I get that some people don't like the illustrations as much as other Julia Donaldson books. However the story is so well written that it doesn't need anything more in terms of illustration. I quite like the feel of the illustrations myself. But that is just me.

I recommend this book for EVERYONE! The simple message is an important one and one that everyone should know when they come in to contact with someone who may be hard of hearing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars teaching children tolerance 8 April 2012
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This is the most amazing book, teaching very young children about patience, tolerance and disability. It is beautifully written and with delightful illustrations. My 4yr old loved it from the first reading and really understood the essence of the story from that begining.Freddie and the Fairy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely message 15 Jan 2011
A lovely simple story with a great message for children. As a Childminder this is great as an equal opportunities resource and with Julia Donaldson's usual talent for storytelling it captivates Children's interest beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely with a hidden message 25 Oct 2012
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The book was first brought to my attention because a family wanted me to teach them how to do it in Sign Language for their newborn deaf baby. I have since read this to youngsters who have deaf siblings or deaf friends to help them understand a bit more... and they have come in leaps and bounds!!
Fab book with a lovely hidden message to help raise awareness in youngsters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I chose this book to help my nieces gain an understanding of my deafness in an easy and fun is difficult trying to explain to a 5 year old in terms they can understand and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kittycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
Well worded, rare to find an opportunity to get the message across to young children about the difficulties faced by their peers who use hearing aids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Isabel Widdowson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I love this story because the fairy cannot hear very well but doesn't make her stick out by making the point like most books do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie and the Fairy
Julia Donaldson has done it again!
A great read (my boy is 5) and loves his bed time yes a definate from me
Published 4 months ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie and the Fairy
A brilliant story! The book, too - brilliant - in very good condition and arrived so promptly after I had ordered it. Thanks to all concerned.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Geraldine Ewan
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie and the Fairy
Loved this book and so did my Grand-daughter who has just discovered Fairies. The only thing I didn't like was that I had to read it over and over again! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rocket girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a fantastic book especially if you have deaf children or even hearing children as it shows both what not to do towards a deaf person and it is a great story and so glad... Read more
Published 9 months ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deaf awareness resource
I loved this bookand have used it with some of the hearing impaired youngsters I work with. It explains why the fairy finds it so hard to understand what Freddy is saying and how... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cb
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime read
Excellent reading at bedtime easy for children to follow and memorise and build up vocabulary an Excellent author for children
Published 13 months ago by margaret lindsay
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
We usually love the Julia Donaldson books in our house but this one is decidedly disappointing. Get Superworm though as it's impossible to read without singing.
Published 14 months ago by Lynsey B
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