Barry Kane,
Fairy Houses ... Everywhere
(Light-Beams, 2006)

I have a love of fairies, and one day while searching for all things fairy on the Internet, I discovered fairy houses: little dwellings for your yards and gardens that your family fairies can reside in. Of course, I was immediately taken with the little homes constructed of materials found in nature; I wanted some, and bad. That's when I discovered most of the ones I could buy, premade, cost about $200-$300. Forget that!

Then I discovered this book, Fairy Houses ... Everywhere. This charming little picture book contains more than 50 colorful examples of handmade fairy homes. There is very little text, just brief introductions to pictures here and there. The pictures themselves are enchanting. These little homes are so inviting any fairy would be happy to live in one.

There are houses built into trees, on the beach, in the water, in the snow and even in pumpkins and gourds. Some of the houses are intricate and have a lot of detail; others are wonderfully uncomplicated, but still appealing. There is a home for every season and every yard.

When this book arrived my 4-year-old son and I sat down to look through it. We made a list of features we liked and what we'd want our fairy house to look like. So far, we have decided our house needs a swing, a ladder, some fairy boats and furniture made of sea shells. Armed with a large bucket, my son and I went for a walk last night to gather the first pieces of nature to use to build our fairy house together.

I admit a good portion of my family thinks I have lost my mind, but my son and I are very excited about our project. This book doesn't contain how-to instructions, but gives you enough examples of houses, at all levels of building skill, that I am sure most everyone will be able to create a fairy home. We hope to have our fairy folk moved into this new home sometime in the next two weeks. When it's all said and done, my son and I will have created something beautiful and a little magical together; that alone is worth the price of the book.

review by
Cherise Everhard

6 October 2007

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