Friday, April 8, 2022

The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn

Things I loved about this book:
  • Vibrant illustrations 
  • Fairy-friendly gardening tips shared
  • Instructions to make a fairy house at the end.

Mimi, described as a very ordinary girl, wanted fairies to come to her garden so she worked diligently to transform the garden into a meticulously weeded, watered, and manicured space. She even made sure to have fairy houses for them to inhabit. When she had done everything she could think of, and the fairies still didn't appear, Mimi began to cry. And then the unexpected happened.

[Spoiler Alert] The fairies showed up and proceeded to give Mimi a lesson in proper respect for the environment. It was at this point, I felt the book veered a bit too much into the preachy, we-interrupt- this-perfectly-lovely-book for an infomercial about planetary care. Just felt very unnatural and quite honestly, took the magic out of the story. 

In the end, Mimi was appropriately repentant and redid her garden into a more environmentally- (and fairy-) friendly space.  I do like the idea that a "perfect" garden does not have to be completely manicured and that having some untamed spaces can still be beautiful.  

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of The Fairy Garden from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are solely my own.


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