Sunday, April 11, 2010
The Mud Fairy
As the father of two daughters, I have been exposed to many forms of dreadful fairy stories. Thankfully, Amy Young's The Mud Fairy does not fall into this category. The story is engaging with a great message about being true to yourself. I like the different spin on the fairy story. It's clever to have a fairy who is not dainty. This makes for a good lesson on contrast (compare with other fairy stories) and/or point of view. Young's pastel illustrations are humorous, especially the page with Emmalina teaching the frogs to catch a fly.