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A Dollhouse for a Fairy

May 16, 2010

The Dollhouse Fairy
written and illustrated by Jane Ray
Candlewick Press 2009
Picture book

Rosy’s dad built her a beautiful wooden dollhouse.  Together they make the furniture and accessories to fill each room. But, Rosy can’t play with her dad anymore because he’s sick in the hospital.

Unexpectedly, Thistle, a small fairy with a broken wing, arrives the dollhouse and distracts Rosy from her sadness. (Notice the parallel with Rosy’s dad?) Of course, Rosy takes good care of Thistle who she loves very much — even though she’s a  very messy fairy.

“Thistle wasn’t like all the sweet little fairies in Rosy’s storybooks. She was funny and noisy and full of mischief.  She bounced on the bed and drew on the walls. She tried on all the dolls’ clothes and moved the furniture into funny places . . . But Rosy loved her.”

The extra large size of this picture book showcases Jane Ray’s lovely illustrations which are filled with amazing details. They tell a whole story in themselves.

Book Play:  Pretend play fairy doctor or animal doctor. Get your fairy or stuffed animal and check for injuries, heart beat and temperature. Use band-aids, handkerchiefs, ice packs and pretend medicine to nurse your patient back to health.

WIN a copy of The Dollhouse Fairy! E-mail your name to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Dollhouse Fairy” in the subject line. We will randomly select FIVE lucky winner to receive a copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on May 30, 2010.

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