Author: Wahl, Phoebe
A fanciful peek into the hidden world of fairies, sprites, and other magical creatures. A girl searches for fairies in her backyard and the woods beyond, following little clues and traces of magic. Fairies and other magical creatures can be found on every page, hidden among the flowers, trees and pebbles. But although readers can see them, the girl keeps searching, just one step behind.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/17)
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Booklist - 01/01/2018 A rosy-cheeked girl is convinced fairies live in her backyard, but she never sees them. She hears whispers of music, senses fluttering movement, and searches the woods at night—to no avail. Luckily for readers, Wahl’s enchanting collage illustrations reveal what the girl can’t see: tiny, luminous sprites in bright clothes made of flowers, some adorned with insect wings, hiding in tree stumps, under logs, and in a thicket of thorns. Her stylish compositions in thick, rich natural tones have a tactile quality, thanks to the layering of cut paper and fabric, which beautifully evokes a lush, mossy forest. Meanwhile, a lilting rhyme captures the girl’s wonder: “You wind through a forest of branches and brambles. / The woods are awake, making way for your rambles.” While the fairies are surely magical, Wahl makes the forest itself just as bewitching, with a wide variety of plants, flowers, animals, and moon-white mushrooms. Little ones will likely enjoy poring over the detailed scenes, and a sweet surprise ending adds to the entrancing atmosphere. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.