Jacki Kellum

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Category: Fairies

Fairypedia – A DK Publishing Illustrated Book about the History of Fairies

What Exactly Is A Fairy?

“In some mythology, the term ‘fairy’ described only a tiny winged sprite. But today, we have less exposure to their world (and more closed minds!). and any magical creature can be considered a fairy. So whether they have wings or tails they’re all fairies in our book. Welcome to Fairyland!” Fairypedia, p. 12.

Are Fairies Real?

“Well, across the whole world, and all through time, fairies have appeared again and again in stories and personal accounts. Is this mere coincidence or rock-solid evidence? The answer is up to you.” Fairypedia, p. 12.

Childhood and Fairies

“Many young people report fairy sightings, and many adults recall the sightings of their youth, even if they see no longer. Something about childhood makes finding fairies a lot easier.” Fairypedia, p. 12.

Where Is the Fairy Realm?

“Fairies exist between, betwixt, and not quite here. We call their world the ‘fairy realm,’ but some fairies live just on the edge, where their realm blurs with our world: in nature, the sea, and even in your attic! The fairy realm has also been called the Otherworld, Avalon, the Land of the Blessed, and Tir-na-n-Og.” Fairypedia, p. 13.

Faerie, Fairy, or Fée?

“Faerie” is an alternate spelling for the word “fairy.”

“The word ‘fairy’ is an English word that comes from the French fée, which itself came from the Latin fatare, ‘to enchant.’ ” Fairypedia, p. 13.

What Is a Fairy Rade?

“There are two types of fairies–those who live in groups, and those who prefer solitude. Fairy ‘troops’ have been seen in many countries, mostly during their extravagant rades. (By the  way, a ‘rade’ is a procession of fairies!) Fairypedia, p. 13.

Where Did Fairies Come From?

 

A Fairy Garden for Our Library – Children’s Garden Coming Soon – Children’s Books about Fairies and Elves

The Children’s Department of the Linwood Library in Linwood, New Jersey, Has a New Fairy Garden.

In honor of National Library Week, the Linwood Library’s Children’s Department is all about Fairies.

Miss Jacki created the first stage of a fairy garden that will soon become part of a large fairy garden that will be outside.  During the months of April, May, and June, the children will help Miss Jacki plant a children’s garden outside . The fairy garden will be part of that children’s garden.

Fairy Gardens have become  popular across the nation, and several craft places sell miniature statues and other assets to place in a fairy garden. All of the figures above are available at Big Lots.

Because Miss Jacki’s fairy garden is at our community’s library, she used the 6-piece Gnome & Mushroom Set from Big Lots, which includes a little house and which features a gnome and a fairy reading. The price of the 6-piece set is $20.00.

Big Lots also sells an abundance of fairy garden accessories. The price of this play set is $6.00, and the price of the bridge is $4.00.

Although the Big Lots items are made of plastic, they look like they have been carved from wood.

During the months of April and May, Miss Jacki will read several of Daniela Drescher’s books about fairies and elves.

In the Land of Fairies is a beautiful and magical book and it  begins:

“In the spring the woodland fairies dance and cast their spell
Turning to green the trees and plants.”

Drescner’s illustrations add to to magic:

“Midsummer time, a magic night,
So full of life,
Now fairies dress the woods with light.”

Following the tradition of the Irish and fairies, Drescher’s fairies are connected to the land and to nature and to the seasons, and her books carry the reader through the seasons.

In her book In the Land of the Elves, Drescher describes autumn:

“The days grow cold and leaves turn red
And elves get up from mossy bed.
Beneath the bushes creeps a mouse
While snails curl snugly in their house.”

A closer view at this illustration shows what an incredible feast Drescher’s illustrations are:

Her books also explore the changes of nature throughout the day and night:
“Then as dark begins to fall
For hours and hours the crickets call
And elves gaze in the pale moonlight
And watch the starry sky at night.”

Miss Jacki hopes to read all of Drescher’s fairy and elf books and to prepare the library’s children for the wonder and magic of nature.

Earth Day is April 22, 2017, and during the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day, Miss Jacki is asking all of Linwood’s children to bring a perennial to plant in the library’s children’s garden. More about that coming soon.

©Jacki Kellum April 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

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