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Child of faerie, child of earth
Yolen, Jane.
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Boston : Little, Brown, [1997]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
One Halloween night a fairy child befriends a human child and together they explore each other's worlds but neither wants to give up his or her own home.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 45862.
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So begins Jane Yolen's lyrical story of an unusual friendship. According to certain tales, faeries leave the underworld once a year to join in a faerie ring beneath the moonlight. On this magical night, a faerie boy meets a child of earth and the two become friends forever. Luminous paintings by award-winning artist Jane Dyer add to the magic.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. On Halloween, when magic is in the air, a little girl encounters a fairy child who takes her to his magical world and pleads with her to stay. Knowing she doesn't belong, she refuses, convincing her fairy guide to return with her to her home and travel for a time "over the human road." Yolen adds some sweet details to a story with a familiar folktale ring, presenting all in pleasing poetry that slips easily off the tongue for reading aloud. Dyer's illustrations are a study in colorful contrast: the quaint, apple-cheeked girl with a circle of flowers in her hair; the fairy boy in diaphanous green with sun-dappled wings; a landscape bright with brilliant harvest colors; an enchanted hall "bedecked in candlelight." A story about a friendship that stretches across some unusual boundaries. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like an old Scottish ballad, Yolen's poem about the friendship between a faerie boy and human girl is told with a stately tone and compelling melody. "He was a child of faerie folk,/ A child of sky and air,/ And she was a child of humankind,/ Of earth and toil and care." When the two meet on Hallow's Eve, the girl ends up dancing the night away with "brownies and boggles and sprites/ And elven folk and all," and drinking "the dew,/ The faerie brew/ Of rainbow hue." In turn, she leads the faerie boy "over the human road" where he marvels at "a world of colors pure and bright,/ Of open sight,/ Of warm sunlight,/ Unlike the shadowed world of night,/ Of moon and thistledown." When neither can bear to leave the worlds into which they were born, they exchange gifts (she gives him an egg, and he, with a spell, draws a feather from the egg as gift to her) and periodically visit each other, remaining "friends fast,/ From first to last." Accompanying the poem's quiet music like a fairy harp, Dyer's vibrant and magical watercolors alternate between scenes of translucent twilight and golden earth, as the beauty of each world and its children is displayed. Although the formality of the poetry may be a bit confusing for youngest children (and some may wonder, in the last drawing, why a faerie would age), many readers will fall under this book's enchanting spell. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3‘On Hallow's Eve, "when widows grieve," a faerie boy and a mortal girl meet and briefly share one another's worlds. The human girl spends an enchanted night dancing and dining in elven halls, but refuses the faerie's offer to make her his queen. In turn, the boy with wings enjoys a day of barnyard activities and a midday meal with the child of earth but he chooses to return to his eldritch realm. However, they exchange tokens of their friendship before parting‘a nourishing egg from her to him and an ethereal feather from him to her. They visit with one another "now and then" into old age. This gentle story of an unusual friendship is recounted in challenging vocabulary and melodic rhyme; careful phrasing favors neither earth nor faerie but paints evocative images of both. Dyer's watercolors completely fill the pages opposite the poetry and offer bucolic settings of sunlit golds and nocturnal blues for the sturdy, round-faced children. Share this one-on-one to encourage appreciation of the delicate details, such as the snippets of illustrations pulled from the full-page spreads to accompany the text. This simple tale is appropriate for a younger audience than this talented team's The Girl in the Golden Bower (Little, Brown, 1994), and will appeal to listeners willing to sacrifice drama for atmosphere.‘Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.