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Too Many Fairies

Too Many Fairies

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Susan Mitchell

A Little Old Woman really HATES housework. But when fairies arrive to lend a hand she is worse off than ever. Rollicking sweeping, cleaning fun! A Scottish folktale illustrated by Scottish artist Susan Mitchell.

Type Year Publisher Price Length   ISBN
Hardcover  2010  Marshall Cavendish  $16.95  32 pages   

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"The sound effects—from “clankety clankety” to “swishety swishety”—make this a fun read-aloud, and Mitchell’s full-of-green pictures are engaging domestic scenes with a little fairy dust thrown in."  ...Booklist April 15, 2010

"This Scottish folktale is subtle but effective in its message of humility. The illustrations are folksy and warm with amusing detail. A fun read-aloud."  ...School Library Journal April 2010

"Using strong construction and repetition in all the right places, the simple text is so artfully composed that it is ready-made for retelling, from the old woman's cantankerous "Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!" to the onomatopoeic clankety, swishety, flumpety and clickety noises made by the fairies gone berserk. ...master storyteller MacDonald's work shines."  ...Kirkus, March 1, 2010

"What I love:~The pictures are bright and cheerful. ~The story is repetitive (which made it perfect for a play)~The moral is fabulous. ~It’s just plain fun!!! "  ...


Children's Core Collection, 2014, 21st ed.

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