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Subject: Looking for books about fairy lore...
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 10:32 AM ET
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So, I took the kids to see Spiderwick Chronicles yesterday. They loved the movie. The 9 year old wants to read the books, which aren't posted here, so I'll have to break down and buy them. lol The 6 year old recognized bits in the movie from stories and superstitions she's heard though. (what can I say, good Irish family with lots of silly traditions and folklore about. lol) Anyway, she's really intrigued. She has a firm grasp on what myths are and that they often contain some grain of truth, that they have to start somewhere. She'd really like to look deeper into fairy lore, mostly Irish since she already knows a bit about that. Stories or more "academic" style work is all good. Her reading level is about 3rd grade, but I will just read anything to her that's too involved so reading level doesn't really matter much.

I don't even know where to look. I can't tell which posted books might contain content that's inappropriate for her. You know how volitile the fae can be. =/ I was hoping you fine folks might have some ideas? Books you have, books you're familiar with? It would be a great help. =)

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 11:27 AM ET
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You might try the Fairy Books by Andrew Lang. There are several, each a different color. Some of these are available as e-books on Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ That way you can preread them and decide if they will work for your child.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 11:49 AM ET
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Tracy Kane author of Fairy House series.  My daughter and I enjoyed her movie Kristen's Fairy House too.  Tracy neice comes to stay on the island and she teaches her how to build a fairy house.  It's a real place to visit, as well.  The author shows her neice how she draws fairies for her books too.

Also enjoyed watching Fairy Tale: A True Story

This may not apply, but worth mentioning are the Disney Fairy books and how Tink came about. :o)

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I second Andrew Lang.  His Lilac Fairy book has the majority of celtic/irish tales

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 10:22 AM ET
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You could try Hibernian Nights: Twenty-two Tales of Irish Mystery and Magic by Seumas MacManus I believe it's a Barnes and Noble book. I bought mine at a library sale. I haven't read it yet but it looks great.

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 1:23 PM ET
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http://www.amazon.com/Faeries-25th-Anniversary-Brian-Froud/dp/0810932741/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203186074&sr=8-1

Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee is the best I've seen.  Artwork by the development artists behind Lord of the Rings, Labryinth and Dark Crystal.

The Lang books are great too - I think Dover books publishes them cheaply.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 7:57 AM ET
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Hey Kathleen,

I was re-arranging my bookshelves and "remembered" a book that may interest your daughter.  The Green Hero: Early Adventures of Finn McCool by Bernard Evslin.  It's not fairy stories but it's more like an Irish tall tale about a folk hero.  I'm sorry I'm not posting my copy but perhaps your library has a copy if you're interested.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I've got an extra copy of Kristen's Fairy House in my unpostables now, if you or anyone else is interested.  I just think it's such a cute movie.