Fairies and Fireflies by Becca Price
Published by Wymtales Press
9th January 2014
In the Wide, Wild Field, friendship is bigger than fear, and can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
A butterfly fairy gets a kitten, raids a beehive, and makes friends with a firefly. Urisk the brownie gets a new home, and finds help overcoming his fear of the dark. Fireflies learn that friends come in all shapes and sizes, and let you be who you really are.
This collection includes the bonus story, Sunflower, which was also published in Dragons and Dreams.
These bedtime stories will enchant children ages 3-7.
Once, a small Butterfly-Fairy flew over a patch of golden sunflowers growing in the wide, wild field. Butterfly-Fairy loved the sunflowers. She loved their bright orange petals, and the way that the flowers always turned their heads so that they always faced the sun. They even looked like the sun, she thought, with their flat round seed-heads surrounded by orange and yellow petals that looked like the rays of the sun.
The sun was warm on her green and purple winds, and the sky was clear and blue. Butterfly-Fairy should have been very happy, but she was sad and lonely. She wanted a pet to play with, to cuddle with, to love and to hold.
Butterfly-Fairy landed on the largest sunflower. She opened a pouch that hung from her belt, and took a pinch of magic, and sprinkled it on the sunflower. "I wish I had a kitten to play with! A soft, furry kitten to love, and hug and cuddle, and play with!" Then she took a whole handful of magic, and sprinkled it on the sunflower. "I do wish I had a kitten!"
Becca Price is an American author who writes children's fantasy fiction. Following on from the success of Dragons and Dreams comes this new collection of bedtime stories, aimed at children (or more specifically girls) ages between 3 and 7.
My girls are 5 and 7 so I read these stories to them to guage their opinions. They both loved the adventures of Butterfly-Fairy. The stories are just the right length for bedtime, in fact they are short enough to allow for more than one at a time. There is always some good that comes out of each story too, for example in Sunflower, the kitten that Butterfly-Fairy wishes for is too large for her to play with, so she gives it to a lonely child instead. These stories are simple and well-told. Of course, if your child has no interest in fairies, then this book wouldn't be for them, but both of my girls do so they loved this. The only thing missing in our opinion are some illustrations.