Fairy Houses ... Everywhere!(Children's review) (Book review)

Author:Foster, Cymbre

Work Title: Fairy Houses ... Everywhere!

Work Author(s): Barry and Tracy Kane

Light-Beams Publishing

Color photographs, 55 pages, Hardcover $14.95

Children's Picture Book

ISBN: 097081044X

Reviewer: Cymbre Foster

"I believe in everything until it's disproved," said John Lennon. "So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind."

Whether or not fairies exist only in one's mind, this photographic feast of rustic, enchanting fairy houses will captivate both believers and skeptics. From woodlands to backyards, the Kanes have assembled an amazing collection of fairy shelters constructed by children and their families using only natural materials.

The couple discovered fairy houses while visiting an island off the New England coast. Tracy became enamored with the pastime and the result was her "Fairy Houses Series." Her first book, Fairy Houses, a fictional story of a young girl who builds a fairy house and is rewarded with a magical surprise, was chosen as a "Top 10 Children's" Book Sense Pick. This new book, with photographs by Barry, is the result of events in New England and a fairy house garden tour in New Hampshire where the Kanes saw participants taking fairy houses to a new level. They now give workshops in building fairy houses.

These dwellings are ingenious. Squares of birch bark and sprigs of cedar keep the rain off little dwellers. Acorn cap plates hold seeds, and...

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