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Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (Fairy Chronicles (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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I won't spoil the story for those who wish to read it (nor have I read the book cover to cover myself) but I'll give you a basic rundown....The main character lives with her mother who is a smoker. Her mother, "has tried everything to stop...She is desperate to quit. She knows that she needs to for both of (them)." The main character, who lives a double life as a fairy, wishes to use her fairy magic to help her mother quit smoking but she is reminded that to do so would be against the rules.
In the end, the main character in the book had to sacrifice a significant part of herself and of her memories in a desperate attempt to help her mother quit smoking, an act that causes the other fairies (and the reader) great sadness. In fact, to justify the loss of memories the book states, "It would probably sadden her greatly to realize what she has lost." The book then closes with a PSA about the horrific dangers of smoking including death tolls, and linking smoking to heart attacks, cancer, wrinkles and bad breath, etc. (We are a non-smoking household by the way, and while I certainly agree with the spirit of the "don't smoke" message, I think that the method of education here is misguided and not age-appropriate.)
I'm not sure what the author's intention was with this story; perhaps it was meant to show that life is full of hard choices and there are no happy endings in this cruel world, but I personally don't think that a book about fairies and magic written for young girls as the target audience should turn out to be a tale about the harsh realities of life and the dangers of smoking. The girls want to get lost in a magical fantasy story not be scared straight.
I try to be mindful when allowing my children to select reading material so that the content is appropriate, but it is virtually impossible for me to read every book before they do to make sure that the book is "safe". I wish that I had known to skip this one. I really don't see how it is appropriate as an empowering foray into fantasy for young girls. The cover boldly proclaims, "Inside you is the power to do anything," but the story's message is the true opposite of that and left my daughter grieving for the main character's loss and the seeming injustice of it all.
What a treat ...
Writing 'bout fairies,
she can't be beat.
Book one was pure delight;
Book two is "out of sight."
Book three is a kid's dream,
Book four will make them beam.
But wait till you see what's in store;
of fairy books, she has plenty more.
Each of this author's books stands alone as far as story-line, 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 story-lines, colorful characters in an exciting, entertaining format.
I have all of this series, including the few that were published by another publisher ... which are collector's items now. I could hardly wait until December 15th for this one and another one (the latest two) to be released. Then the 15th caught me unawares, so I'm a few days late posting this review.
Review by: Betty Dravis, 2007
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