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Friday, January 23, 2009

Fairies, Fairies EVERYWHERE

Posted by Gwen R. @ 4:40 AM

Ruby the Red Fairy (Rainbow Magic: The Rainbow Fairies, No. 1)

By Daisy Meadows

MSRP $4.99

Ages 4 yrs – 8 yrs

4 Faces

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Ed. Note: And here we have the fourth installment from sister-ville. Thanks again, G - you can write here anytime!

It started with Ruby the Red Fairy.  A simple little book, cute little fairy girl on the front cover, bright colors (I’m a sucker for bright book covers).  My daughter brought it home in kindergarten as an introductory chapter reader.  I was proud.  She was proud.  She read it aloud to me.  We both enjoyed the adventures of Rachel and Kirsty as they raced to help fairy Ruby find her way back to her magical fairy world.

Then the next book came home.  Ruby’s rainbow sister Amber the Orange Fairy had to be rescued. Then came Sunny the Yellow Fairy (this book was evidently published under two different titles…some libraries have it as Saffron the Yellow Fairy), then Fern the Green Fairy and on and on and on and on.

Overall, it is great to see my girl reading obsessively.  She eats these simple texts whole and for the first time in her reading life, can’t wait to see what happens next in the story (continued, of course, in the next book).  There is something about the little line drawings throughout the books that enthralls her (‘Look Mommy - a new fairy!) and I think the repetition of the serial story is comforting to my narrative-adverse reader.

The reading level is described by publisher Scholastic as ages four to eight, which seems about right.  If you have an early reader, these are extremely accessible books with little conflict (and such that they are incredibly predictable after book one).  If you have an eight year old emergent reader, there is enough pleasure in moving through these little stories that it would feel good to stick with it.  I’d like to say that they are gender neutral, but I can’t.  These are very girl-centric stories.

But from the parent side, Warning Will Robinson!  These are books best left to silent reading!  I admit, I enjoyed Ruby the Red Fairy just fine.  It was a good cut above some of the absurd little books she had been bringing home that only used the same twenty words over and over. And more importantly, the (slightly) more complex narrative didn’t stress out my daughter before bedtime.  I was even dialed in for our quest for Amber.  But as Sunny turned into Fern turned into…I was done.  T argues that each book is very different.  But, um, she’s seven.  Turns out we have pretty different taste in books. 

The most stunning thing about the Rainbow Magic books is that there are so MANY of them!  Yes, it is great that my daughter wants to collect books and I love how she beams when she reports to anyone who will listen that she now owns THIRTY-TWO books in the series. (It seems to be a status thing in the classroom right now – who among the girls has read the most rainbow fairies.  Though wrought with painful girl-politics, it is at least better than the last status symbol – the amassing of tiny plastic creatures.)  But come on.  Thirty-two versions of the same story over and over and over again?  Can the villain, the angry Jack Frost, really still have it out for these little fairies?  Turns out, too, that there is a fairy for just about everything.  From the color fairies we moved to the weather fairies to the jewel fairies to the pet fairies and most recently, to the day fairies (seven in all, as you might guess).  Oh, and there are some special editions, some collectibles, and goodness knows what else. 

My favorite extra is that the king and queen of the fairies are named King Oberon and Queen Titania. After consuming 32 of these wee narratives, T is absolutely convinced that Rainbow Magic author Daisy Meadows coined the names.  When we saw a children’s theater performance of Midsummer’s Night Dream over the summer she said to me, “Hey, Shakespeare stole the names from the Rainbow Fairy books!”  Well, one step forward, two steps back?

Reader Comments

January 23, 2009 @ 08:07 PM

heidi said:

I saw Ruby and silently screamed, NOOOOOOOO!
This post made me laugh so much. Totally agree with the “best read silent” tip and the most amazing thing about these books being the sheer number of them. My daughter even got some not yet US released versions from a friend whose Aunt sends them from the UK. So lucky!
These are fantastic books for new readers and like Missy’s sister, I loved the fact that my child was reading voraciously. I am now happy that we’ve moved on and away from Kirsty, Rachel and Jack Frost. She’s now onto the Liz Kessler’s books. From fairies to mermaids—we’re going places!

January 24, 2009 @ 04:06 AM

Gwen said:

Ooooh, I’m going to have to try the Kessler books. Anything to save us from the fairies!

July 13, 2009 @ 09:13 PM

Bridget said:

It’s so nice to read my thoughts, typed by another mom. My daughter isn’t old enough to read on her own, but she now understands the rule that I will read each fairy book once but then she’s on her own. If her dad is willing to undertake the tales, he’s more than welcome but I can’t take re-reading these tales. I need to find the Kessler books, too…

September 19, 2009 @ 06:12 AM

Emily said:

Ditto, agreed, exactly.  I found this review by searching for “better than the rainbow fairies”. Love ‘em/hate ‘em.  Glad to hear there are other higher level Kindergarten aged readers.

March 21, 2010 @ 03:43 PM

Sarah said:

We - my daughter and I have just finished Izzy the indigo fairy. I am a book worm my self and I am happy that both my children have inherited my love of books. Having an older son who also collects a series of books : Beast Quest which has six books in each series we are in series 6 and counting. At least with the rainbow fairies you have an idea of what you are taking on when embarking on the adventure. Although I do agree with some of the comments as to the lack of variation in the rainbow books I too will be looking for mermaids!!! I must also state that it is possibly far better to have the children engrossed in reading through books upon books rather than playing computer game after computer game a library is far more attractive than a games arcade I know what I would rather have on our shelves. smile

January 13, 2011 @ 07:30 PM

Karen said:

The Rainbow Magic books are a fantastic transitional read between story books and novels. Sure, the repetitive nature means that they don’t really provide a lasting challenge, but I agree that the sheer pleasure of collecting and reading these books seems to instill in young readers the confidence that they can read independently.

My daughter is also proud of the seemingly hundreds of them displayed on her bedhead (conveniently numbered!) but she was able to confidently move on to Roald Dahl and other fiction.

September 22, 2011 @ 07:50 AM

Kristen said:

Having moved on from Rainbow Magic to Tiara Club and other precocious princessy things,  I have come to long for the simple Kirsty and Rachel,  never rude,  never out-of-line,  sweet girls with manners.  These books have earned their place in modern day girl-hood.

My daughter bought home ‘totally lucy’ once.  A flick through by me saw it promptly returned to the school library with strict instructions never to be leant to my children again. 

Enjoy the innocent fantasy while you can!

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