A whimsical rhyming tale set in a fairy world. The king has set forth an invitation to the fairies: come to the ball! And everyone is in a delightful tizzy, searching for their top hats, their boots, and their crowns—and where-oh-where are those spider-web gowns? The fairies finally arrive, towed by swans, rowed by fish. One group of five got there fast on a wish. But one fairy is left behind, her only dress in tatters. What should she do? The resident ants offer her some wise words. In this rhyming picture book, with a slight nod to the tale of Cinderella, celebrated author Jane Yolen and award-winning illustrator Gary Lippincott create a magical fairy kingdom that will charm all who enter.
About the Author
Jane Yolen has been called "America's Hans Christian Andersen." She earned numerous awards for her writing, including the Regina Medal. the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, and the Christopher Medal, just to name a few. Her books have been translated into more than twelve languages. She lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Gary Lippincott has a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His artwork now appears in children's books, textbooks, book jackets, and even jigsaw puzzles. He has received numerous awards for his artwork at science-fiction and fantasy conventions. He lives in Royalston, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jane Yolen is a dream come true for a children's librarian -- she writes superbly well for all ages. This book is every bit as wonderful. In fact, I read this book out loud to my young son, who is a huge fan of her "How Do Dinosaur..." books, and he sat enrapt through the entire tale. The story itself is a bit "Psyche", a bit "Cinderella", a bit Christina Rossetti and all charm and pure magic. It is as delightful as any classic fairy tale, with a markedly modern twist. Gary Lippincott does an amazing job keeping up with, and illuminating, Jane Yolen's marvelous story. Every illustration is breathtakingly beautiful, and like the writing, all charm and pure magic. My favorite illustration is the two-page spread of the ballroom -- I could get lost in there and never want to return to the real world.
I got this book for my daughter at our local library. The art direction of the book is beautiful. The story of the faeries' ball was average...a mix of any faerie tale and cinderella. Not very original.