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Publisher: Raynestorme Books, an imprint of Silver Rose Publishing, Inc., 2005
Material: hard cover
Summary: The Queen of the Fairies had ruled Tween Land for many years. Now it was time for her four daughters to take over. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall worked well together for a while, but then they each tried to "do more" with their favorite things and chaos soon followed. Could the fairies work it out and return Tween Land to a wonderful kingdom? This is a story where four fairy sisters learn about love, friendship, cooperation, and respect.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child was enchanted with the drawings of the fairies. S/He instantly recognized the seasons as they were introduced, and stayed with the story until the end. We knew s/He was listening closely, as s/he asked us to explain a number of words: unblemished, frivolous, transformation, strife.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice story. It offers a fun explanation as to how the seasons came to be separated across the span of the year. We only wish the illustrations had done the story more justice. The beauty of the author's words and descriptions of the four princess fairies do not come across in the illustrations, as the fairies look more comic than magical.
Pros: The story explains the seasons (and their key attributes) in a way that young children can enjoy. It also offers an explanation of why seasons may seem to "run together."
Cons: The illustrations do not do this story justice.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The story is superb and highly imaginative. It offers an explanation that preschoolers and elementary-aged children not only can relate to, but will love, because it feeds their imaginations and love of fantasy.
Educational Themes: The story lends itself to talking about the four seasons of the year, with their key attributes. You can easily build on the descriptions to add "character" to them. It might also be fun to engage your child in looking for the fairies ... taking a walk outside and asking them how they can tell one of the sisters was in charge.