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Author: Spires, Ashley
All the fairies in Pixieville believe in magic-except Esther. She believes in science. When a forest tree stops growing, all the fairies are stumped, but Esther knows that science can get to the root of the problem and its solution.
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2020 Despite being a fairy, Esther doesn’t put much stock in magic—fairy dust looks a lot like dandruff, if you ask her. Data and hard evidence are where it’s at, but, much to her dismay, she and Albert the blue bird are the only ones in Pixieville who believe in science. With electric purple hair and warm brown skin, Esther is frequently seen wearing lab goggles and with a pencil tucked behind her pointed ear. Her effusive explanations of the scientific method, dispersion (vs. a magical rainbow), and the periodic table of elements aren’t well received by her fellow fairies (“Where are dreams and wishes and sunshine?”). But when Esther discovers a sick tree in the forest, she knows science is exactly what will save this sunlight-deprived plant, and her thorough research even produces a couple of fairy converts. Spires’ latest is a funny, clever celebration of science that makes it feel magical in its own right. Readers will adore smart and scrappy Esther’s indomitable spirit and the silly yet effective juxtaposition of fairy tale and scientific inquiry. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.