As most parents and grandparents will know, fairies, like princesses and unicorns, are something that little people, in particular little girls, sometimes get a bit obsessed with. There's not necessarily wrong with things being pink and sparkly, but personally I get a bit sick of the glitter and extreme pinkness after a while and go looking for books like this one. It's a sweet, whimsical little story featuring a fairy who is unladylike and full of mischief, like the ones in old fashioned fairy stories.
The Doll's House Fairy by Jane Ray is the story of a little girl named Rosy. Rosy loves her dollhouse because her dad built it for her and the two of them play with it and make furnishings for it together. When Rosy's dad is taken ill, a real live fairy named Thistle appears and takes up residence in the dollhouse, keeping Rosy company until her father recovers.
The Doll's House Fairy has gorgeously detailed illustrations full of different colours and textures. Thistle is a tatterdemalion little thing with wild curly hair and tattoos. Unlike the sweet fairies Rosy has read about, Thistle is messy, funny and full of mischief and would rather eat crisps than rose petals and raspberries.
The story is simple and, unlike many of the children's books I have reviewed, contains no violence or toilet humour. It shows positive family relationships and it is lovely to see a father depicted as having such a beautiful, loving bond with his daughter. The book could possibly be used to start a discussion your child about what happens when family members fall ill. It could also encourage artwork and imaginative play involving fairies, like the little girl in the story who dresses up in a fairy dress and whose bedroom is decorated with fairy drawings.
The Doll's House Fairy is a sweet story, beautifully illustrated and I recommend it for ages 3 and up.