I loved everything about Freddie and the Fairy. Not just the simple, rhyming words and illustration, but also the lesson learnt from it. Freddie sort of blamed Bessie-Belle for getting all his wishes wrong, knowing very well that Bessie-Belle has hearing problems. Then, the Fairy Queen appeared to save the day. She taught Freddie how he can help Bessie-Belle to get his wishes right this time.
Reading this to a child, we’ll be able to help them learn three things:
I also liked the tone and words that were carefully chosen for Fairy Queen when she was correcting Freddie. “Now, Freddie,” said the Fairy Queen. (She sounded kind but stern.) “Before you wish again, there are Three rules for you to learn.” The way the lesson was taught was kind, gentle, firm and not accusatory.
I’m planning to share this story with 3 very soft-spoken girls in my class. I’m sure they’d appreciate the warm and beautiful illustrations too 🙂
Did you know?
Julia was told there is no cure – and worse still, as she aged, she could also develop further hearing loss in the higher frequencies (ie, high-pitched sounds). Read more here.