Saturday, July 21, 2012

Too Many Fairies, by Margaret Read MacDonald

Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale
by Margaret Read MacDonald
illustrated by Susan Mitchell
32 pages
Amazon Children's Publishing
ISBN 9780761456049

Brownies and the like are usually helpful fairy-folk around the house, but a crew of them gets on an old woman's nerves when they won't STOP cleaning!

This is a simple book, and young children would enjoy it. However, it would be useful for older readers as well: in a 5th- or 6th-grade class as a textual example of onomatopoeia! The fairies go clankety-clankety and swishety and flumpety-flumpety-flumpety as they do all of the old lady's chores. The repetition of certain key phrases ("Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!) and the occasional rhyming chant lend a steady rhythm to the text, and it could also be used to demonstrate poetic meter or musical notation when read aloud by a teacher or by students.

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Media: colored pencil, watercolor

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