Does the world really need another book about fairies? Yes, if it's Ammi-Joan Paquette's charming The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies. Combining a backyard adventure with a fairy hunt, kids are encouraged to find the wonder in nature as they search for those ever-elusive fairies.
Especially delightful are Christa Unzner's gorgeous illustrations, seamlessly blending art and photography. Impish little sprites frolic in, amongst, and with flowers, spiderwebs, acorns, even chipmunks, teasing readers to imagine new fairy hideaways every time they step outdoors.
The book was inspired by a real-life fairy safari that the author took with her children one spring day. "Although they didn't meet any fairies face to face," recounts the jacket flap, "they saw signs of them everywhere."
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies got a double thumbs-up from my six-year old daughter, good stuff considering she's not particularly fairy-inclined...
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