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Mimosa and the River of Wisdom (Fairy Chronicles (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402211627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402211621
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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We at first chose this because we liked the cover, we now love what is under the cover. The characters of the Fairy Chronicles truly appeal to my two girls (six and nearly eight) and my four yr old boy. We were surprised by the turn of events as the adventure unfolds, but we were not disappointed in the slightest. Two stories take place at once and both are interesting. The magical one appeals more to the little ones and the real one more to me. The two are connected and overlapping; therefore, one couldn't happen without the other. We will read this again, we all found it very appealing.
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A Kid's Review on 16 Jun. 2009
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I am reading alot this summer and I really like fairy books. This is a great fairy book because it is about a real girl. She has to take other fairies on a mission to the River of Wisdom. She has to figure out a problem at home the whole time she is gone. We all have problems at home that we have to think about the best way to tackle them. I liked that this was about fairies because I love fairies, but it was real too and I liked that.
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The plight of Mimosa is very touching and I felt deeply for her. This is a magical fairytale, but it is so much more. It touches on a subject most people would rather leave alone, smoking, and it does so without judgment, focusing instead on an individual's decision. Mimosa does a good job of leading her fairy mission, and I think she is on her way to becoming a leader in other aspects of life as well, based on her actions and decisions in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun books for young children 1 Aug. 2016
By WoogiesMama - Published on
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Fun books for young children. We read these at bedtime. 4 out of 5 stars because they spend a lot of time reviewing the previous story and this frustrated my children. This could however be a good thing if you are reading the story aloud to a 4 or 5 year old who may not remember the previous book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing tale. Not for sensitive children 13 April 2012
By Some Random Woman with an Opinion - Published on
Format: Paperback
My 9 year-old daughter is an avid reader and over the years we have checked out literally thousands of books from our local library to enjoy together or for her to read on her own now that she is older. In all the years, only 2 books have been so emotionally disturbing to her that they have left her wanting to return the books immediately and never see them again. This is one of them. In fact, I found her in her room crying this evening after finishing the book, and wanting to rid all thoughts of the book from her brain. It took a great deal of comforting to help her get to sleep.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series should become classic! Enchanting! 19 Dec. 2007
By betty l. dravis - Published on
Format: Paperback
J. H. Sweet ...
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.

Highly recommended.

Review by: Betty Dravis, 2007
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly 7 Sept. 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
I liked all the other books, but this one? This one was severely depressing. I read this quite a while ago, maybe when I was seven, and every time I saw the book after finishing it I cried. The first time (and last time) I read it, I hurled it across the room. Then, for months, I recall drawing pictures of the main character and trying to imagine different endings. My suggestion? Read the other books in this series, but leave this one on the shelf.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD 30 Jun. 2012
By Robert - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this is a errile book. jh sweet is not a real good author may be a bad good author. i cant stand fairies they are so so stupid. i think this is terrible. dont be fooled this is only links. not worth the money thoughi WILL take that sample and instantly OR NOT put it into the bad books collection. i am very bespressed at this book. it is a ripoff. i dont recommend this except to political hystaeric a type of peolple.
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