It surprised me to learn that former political journalist, comedienne and chick lit author Wendy Harmer is also the creator of Pearlie the Park Fairy, a delightful little sprite who is the heroine of eleven children's books to date. The books are charmingly illustrated by Gypsy Taylor.
Pearlie, a little blonde fairy who wears a lot of pearls, goes on adventures and meets other fairies from different cultures and walks (or flutters) of life. In this volume she visits New Zealand and meets Omaka, the silver fern fairy of the title. Pearlie helps Omaka prepare for a birthday party for her friend, Grandfather Tuatara, who is turning one hundred and fifty years old. Pearlie meets some unusual animals native to New Zealand and learns a little about the country.
The books in this series are a good stepping stone between picture books and chapter books since they have colour illustrations but also quite a bit of text. As you might expect from a story about fairies the books contain a lot of pink and are obviously aimed mainly at little girls but boys might enjoy them too. The fairies actually do things other than sit around obsessing about looking pretty, unlike those in the popular Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows which I will also review at a later date if I can stomach it.
Pearlie the Silver Fern Fairy is a fun quick read, recommended for little people aged three and up.
If you enjoy the books there is also a cartoon series called Pearlie that is based on them.