Monday, December 20, 2010
Book Review: Night Fairy
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Cybil Book #37
Author Website (a beautiful website)
From 2008 Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz comes an exhilarating new adventure — and a thoroughly original fairy who is a true force of nature.
What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to find out. What she discovers is that the world is very big and very dangerous. But Flory is fierce and willing to do whatever it takes to survive. If that means telling others what to do — like Skuggle, a squirrel ruled by his stomach — so be it. Not every creature, however, is as willing to bend to Flory’s demands. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and world-renowned illustrator and miniaturist Angela Barrett venture into the realm of the illustrated classic — a classic entirely and exquisitely of their making, and a magnificent adventure.
I read this book this weekend because I needed to knock down my TBR pile. I was reluctant to read this novel because fairies are not really my thing. The cover gave me the impression of a lovely sweet little story that some kids love. That is not my cup of tea. I started to read the book and found myself realizing that there are some lessons to be learned from this book.
1. Don't let things that we cannot control affect who we are. Flory tries to be something she is not after losing her wings. Her journey helps her to open her eyes about judging others, but she tried way too hard to be something that she was not. How many people(including ourselves) have fallen prey to this mindset?
2. Don't judge a book by its cover. As I write this I chuckle to myself realizing that is exactly what I did with this book. The larger meaning is that we are so quick to judge and stereotype and not give people a chance without ever giving them an opportunity to express or display who they really are. Working at a middle school I see this phenomenon all the time. How do we stop people from juding so quickly? I wish I had an answer, but it is something we are all guilty of at some point in our lives.
3. What goes around comes around......the whole full circle concept. I completed this book and felt like I needed to watch the Lion King scene
We can only control our own actions. If we live life the way it should be lived, then we will find ourselves right back where we need to be only with more knowledge and insight to live better.
I went deep with this book designed for younger ages. It is a good read. I rather found myself doing more reflection on my own life from this book than any self help book. Check it out and see what you learn.