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Ellie's Magic Wish (Picture Book SPB) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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It's a short tale of a little pink girl elephant who wants to be a fairy, and do fairy things with her friend, and it's all told in easy rhyme. Perhaps the best of the bunch so far, but it's slightly bigger than A4, and pretty flimsy, which might make it hard for small hands to hold it upright. Still, great for girl story time.
Ellie and her friends are drawn beautifully, but the story is very short - averaging a single sentence per page which is spread over 26 pages of story.
The pictures are big, colourful and frequently cover a two page spread, and there is more than just the elephant to look at. On a couple of the pages the magic wand has had some glitter added to make it sparkle, a nice very touch.
One personal grip for me is right at the beginning: "This igloo book belongs to: ___". It's a child's book; did the publishing company really need to advertise itself in such a way?!
My only other issue is that I wish the story was longer.
The pictures are very bright and colourful but I think would overstimulate a little ones mind just before bedtime.
Also a book for girls and its a very girly story with a lot of pink and purple illustrations.
I would say its definately worth the £3 Amazon are charging for it
On the downside, it's a short story with a weak ending, so not a favourite of ours - but our grand-daughter loves it and that's the important thing.
It represents good value at its current £3 price.
Ellie (not Nellie) is an Elephant who has only one wish - to be a fairy. And over this books 16 pages she tells you all about why that is over a series of simple rhymes and poems.
The book is nicely illustrated over double page spreads, with each rhyme and verse given an whole to pages to shine. The book and its pages are very big so these double page spreads really allow the illustrations to bring the story to life.
Also on it's pages you'll find sprinklings of glitter (or rather 'fairy dust') used to enhance the drawings of Ellie further - this works well as its used sparingly on her magic fairy wand.
The ending was a bit twee for me - with the call to your little girl from Ellie urging her to "always remember to shine"; but then again, I'm a middle aged bloke so what do I know about little girls and fairies?
Its about Ellie the baby elephant and her wish to become a fairy and it describes everything she would do if she got her wish.
It contains references to sitting on mushrooms drinking fairy tea and flying around with silken fairy wings, little Ellie wants to make fairy cakes like Grandma's and wave her magic wand to make a magic unicorn that glows like moonbeams....you get my drift of the level of girlyness here? :)
I read this to my 4 year old niece who absolutely loved it. I knew it was a winner when I was asked to read it over and over - before she took off to her room and read it to her teddies, ...whilst dressed as a fairy. (Awwwwww)
It a nice large size, is beautifully illustrated with wonderful images (and lots of pink!). The cover and inside pages are sprinkled with fairy glitter and the story itself is charming to young ears. If you buying for a little girl this is bound to be a hit.
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Lovely illustrations and a story that can be read over and over.