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Thistle and the Shell of Laughter (The Fairy Chronicles, Book 3) Paperback – 27 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (27 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140220874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208744
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,126,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Fairy Chronicles" is a new series from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Each book introduces a new fairy with different powers and attributes whilst still keeping familiar friends in the action. The series reflects adventure and teamwork, sending a positive message to the reader, encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle and appreciation of nature. 6 titles are scheduled for 2007 with over 60 books in development for new adventures each season over the lifetime of the series.

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The Fairy Chronicles is a series of modern fairy tales full of magical creatures, both good and evil, and heroic characters who participate in dangerous missions to protect nature and fix serious problems. Ideal for all ages, reading levels ages 7 to 12, the stories include a diverse set of fairy characters and a wide variety of other magical creatures such as trolls, brownies, witches, dwarves, gnomes, elves, unicorns, goblins, wizards, dragons, ogres, magic gargoyles, gremlins, demons, nymphs, giants, and many more. Each story has some sort of problem to be solved such as recovering the stolen Shell of Laughter, helping to break an evil curse, solving the mystery of the Magic Snowglobe, rescuing kidnapped bat fairies, trying to locate missing human shadows, or helping a dragon complete a dangerous quest. Characters and readers learn interesting things such as why fairies fear jigsaw puzzles, what the trolls’ favorite foods are, how dragons are born, why the flamingo stands on one foot, the reason human beings have a shadow, what the grasshopper uses buttons for, where courage comes from, how hope is spread around the world, and what causes nightmares. The Fairy Chronicles are stand-alone books and can be read in any order. Visit for free e-books, word search games, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of my favorite parts of this book is the description of what laughter is made of: things like tickle feathers, the sound of puppies barking, birdsong, wind chimes, jokes, Christmas snow and buried treasure. I also love the fact that Yin Yang balance is stressed in this story. My daughter loved the Christmas fairy circle and the brief unicorn visit to the fairies in the apple orchard. How laughter is spread around the world is also very interesting. My daughter actually asked questions about the jet stream, the chinook and zephyrs. She also wanted to know about Iceland, Finland and Norway. This book has made her want to learn things, and I have not had that kind of a response from her with many other books she has read. We have ordered an Atlas because of this book and looked up things in Encarta about the winds. However, this was mostly just a fun read for her because it was a good story.
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I love this particular installment of the Fairy Chronicles Series. The story has a lovely theme of helping to save all laughter in the world while recognizing that sorrow and laughter must both exist.

I have a brand new niece and though she is too young for a book like this I am carefully putting away a copy of this book for her. I don't believe any little girl will be disappointed to read this story. The elf who is "Keeper" of the Shell of Laughter is very stoic, and that is an interesting part of this fairy tale. The writer explains that he is a necessary balance to the shell and otherwise would not be able to withstand the effects of longterm exposure.

I think what I love most about this book and the Fairy Chronicles Series in general is the variety the stories are presenting. In Thistle and the Shell of Laughter, we see unicorns, meet a leprechaun and a hedgehog, learn about types of winds, and discover a special bird called a bobolink. We also meet a witch and learn a little bit about geography (Finland, Norway, etc) when it comes to the spreading of laughter on the winds. There are a number of different kinds of fairies (Starfish, Marigold, Toad, etc) with different personalities so the girls are not all the same. Having enjoyed all of the books in this series so far, I plan to read a lot more about fairies.
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J. H. Sweet ...

what a treat ...

on writing fairies,

she can't be beat.

Book one was pure delight,

and book two is "out of sight."

She also has book three and four,

and about fifty more.

Each of this author's books stands alone as far as storyline, and I discovered something new about fairies and fairy lore in each one. She's a fine writer, so good at her craft that the fairies came alive for me. Interesting storylines, colorful characters in an exciting, entertaining format.

Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9853b81c) out of 5 stars Many Other, Better Options Than This 11 Jun. 2012
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Format: Paperback
I am a teacher who prereads all books before I put them in my classroom.
I picked this up used. It didn't look very good on first flip through, but all kinds of students like all kinds of books.

Should you buy it? No.
This writing is repetitive and very boring. The first 25% of the book is rehash of previous books with nearly identical paragraphs describing in identical order the hair, clothes, skin, wands, etc...
Reminiscent of the duller parts of Nancy Drew books when Keene rambles off on Nancy's titian hair, and valueless series like the Babysitter's Club.

The story was positive and had no mature themes, but those qualities can be found in many better books that feature interesting characters and plots. Do not waste your reader's time or make the mistake of trying to get them to read books that will disappoint and turn them off.

If your child/student likes fantasy and fairies try them on the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, or the Patricia Wrede Dragons series. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye is another excellent story in this reading level/interest type.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9853bc24) out of 5 stars What is Laughter? 20 Mar. 2006
By Jessie Fraser - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is a pretty cute idea this book puts forth, that laughter is made of things like bubbles, tickle feathers, birdsong, and other things, all mixed up in correct proportions inside the manufacturing plant of the Shell of Laughter. The fairies have to figure out what has happened when the shell goes missing, and they have to go on a mission to get the shell back. I also like the idea that laughter is spread by various winds. My daughter liked the hedgehog best in this story. I only wish the books of this series had illustrations. That is pretty much the only thing I would change about this book. Otherwise, the story is wonderful.

Jessie Fraser, mom, reader of children's stories, forever kid at heart
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9853bc9c) out of 5 stars well written for the imagination 24 July 2008
By Nicole L. Keller - Published on
Format: Paperback
I baught these books for my daughter who just learned to read she will be in first grade this year and just loves fairies. She loves these books as well as drawing and pretending shes the characters in the stories. I would highly recommend it to any one whose child can read at least at a 2nd grade level and loves fairies and using their imagination.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c57048) out of 5 stars A Fun Fun Book 3 Aug. 2009
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This is a book I read this summer and I read it last summer. I am nine now. It was fun this time too. The book cover jacket has two unicorns on it because two unicorns come to the Fairy Circle the fairies have when they get together for Christmas. Grace is the fairy Thistle. She takes the fairies to the elf cave to find the Shell of Laughter. It is not in the cave where it is supposed to be. She goes into the dark forest with the other fairies and they find the shell. Anyone will like reading this if they get that far. They will like the elf and Tom the leprecaun because he is funny. Snickers is a hedgehog and he is funny too. I liked this book this summer because it was fun and about fairies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c570f0) out of 5 stars Fun Fairies 25 Aug. 2006
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I like fairies alot. My mom got me this book. The fairies are cute. Thistle is Grace and she gets along with brownies.

The shell is fun. Part of the shell is a joke. You will know what I mean when you read it. I read it twice.

I like it a lot. Unicorns like apples.
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