The Little People: Stories of Fairies, Pixies, and Other Small Folk

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An illustrated collection of folktales provides stories about an array of small folk, such as fairies, sprites, brownies, lutins, pixies, and others, as they live and exist in their own unique worlds.

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Neil Philip is a writer, folklorist, and editor. He lives with his wife in the Cotswolds, England, where more than once a rustle in the shrubbery has caught his attention. Jacqueline Mair has illustrated many books. Booklist called her art lush and glowing. She lives in England.

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Gr. 4-8. In this beautifully illustrated survey of fairy lore, folklorist Philip writes with the enthusiasm of a true believer: "What looks like a grass-covered hill to us, may be a palace of fairies." More comprehensive and for a slightly older audience than Tanya Robyn Batt's A Child's Book of Faeries [BKL D 15 02], Philip's title introduces a multicultural cast of fairies, including Scandinavian, Germanic, Irish, and British "small folk." The text refers to other writers' fairy yarns, including a story about W. B. Yeats, but it's strangely unclear whether the frequent lively tales that break up the commentary are written by Philip or are excerpted from other works. The only source notes refer to the beautifully reproduced, full-color artwork. Images by William Blake and Arthur Rackham are among the stunning illustrations included, and a note about fairy paintings offers more background on the visual history of the subject. Sophisticated but somewhat disorganized, this is an intriguing collection that's probably best suited for read-alouds and browsing. Gillian Engberg
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