The Mud Fairy

(Bloomsbury, March 2010)

Wearing pink and tiptoing through the dewdrops is for wimps! Emmelina would rather play with her friends, the frogs. But can a fairy with an independent streak earn her wings if she goes against the fairy code? Warm, humorous, and with just the right amount of pink (and mud), here's a book that will capture the hearts of girly-girls and tomboys alike.

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The Mud Fairy is a Junior Library Guild Selection!


The Mud Fairy Coloring Sheet
Flower Match
Identify the Flowers & Plants in the Story

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Awards and Reviews

Fall 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection

"Tomboys can take heart: they have a fairy counterpart in Young's feisty heroine. Emmalina has a dilemma: she should be winning her wings, but she just doesn't do dainty. She'd much rather play leapfrog—with real frogs in a real bog—than flit among the flowers, make rainbows, and be like all the other fairies who "sit up straight, sip dewdrops, and nibble pollen pie—no slurping, no gulping, no burping." But even though Emmalina's early attempts at getting her wings prove disastrous (manhandling a spiderweb instead of delicately stringing it with dew, for instance), by doing what comes naturally—being a true friend to her amphibious pals—she earns them on her own terms. Although children have a high Irreverence Quotient these days, Young prefers not to take advantage of it. By keeping her comedy gentle, audiences get to have their fantasies both ways: they can appreciate the gossamer prettiness of the fairy landscape and the ballerina bearings of its inhabitants, and still enjoy the scrappy voice and pastimes of a bona fide rebel." – Publishers Weekly

"...Gouche paintings in sprigtime hues create fantastical scenes of a miniature fairyland."  read the entire article – The Grand Rapids Press

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