The Fairy Garden

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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2022

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Follow the enchanting, beautifully illustrated story of Mimi, a young girl who longs to see fairies in her garden.

Mimi was a perfectly ordinary girl who lived a perfectly ordinary life. She had toys to play with, a little brother who wasn’t too annoying, and cakes on her birthdays. Mimi didn’t want many things. But there was one thing she wanted so very much, so very much indeed… to see a fairy in her garden.
Poor Mimi spends hours and hours making her fairy garden completely perfect, but the fairies never come. Whatever could she be doing wrong?

Just when she has given up all hope, some twinkling lights appear. They’re here! And they are bringing an important message…

With captivating artwork from Isa Bancewicz, and activity spreads at the back which tell readers how to create their own, perfect fairy garden this beautiful story will capture readers’ imaginations.

And, just maybe, it will help them attract fairies to their own gardens!

As with all new Ivy Kids titles, this book is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper... it's a planet friendly book!
Follow the enchanting, beautifully illustrated story of Mimi, a young girl who longs to see fairies in her garden.

Mimi was a perfectly ordinary girl who lived a perfectly ordinary life. She had toys...

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Oh my goodness! This book is absolutely adorable and fully enchanted us! The illustrations are gorgeous, and the fairy house craft ideas are precious. What a beautiful book.

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Cute and lovely illustrations.

What not to like about it? I love fairies. Yes, I certainly do. Adults and children would certainly love it. I am just a bit sad that there are few pages.

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This is such a beautiful story book, in more ways than one. The story itself is lovely, enchanting, and will capture any child’s heart and imagination. The message about taking care of, and preserving our environment is an added bonus. The illustrations in this book are simply stunning - real pieces of art. Each page is a joy to look at. I would thoroughly recommend!

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.

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This is a really lovely book! The illustrations are beautiful I could stare at it for hours!
It was a little hard to read on my phone, so I can't wait to see the real thing when it comes out.
A book filled with imagination, fairies and fun!

Thank you NetGalley for this ARC!

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Cottagecore is a really popular trend at the moment, and this very much suits that style.

It’s so cute and lyrical. The message at the end that subtly speaks about environmentalism is so important to teach to children. A garden does not need pesticides to thrive.

I also love the illustration style, which I think is an attainable art style for the aspiring little artists who may come across this book.

The guide to building a perfect fairy garden is a nice, interactive addition. I also would have liked to see a fine print infographic about the REAL garden creatures you may be making homes for. The book mentions how raking leaves means taking away a hiding place from fairies, but in real life, leaving leaves in the garden can actually help butterfly conservation!

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If you wan to help the faeries (and other garden creatures), there are some things we all need to do! A lovely, informative book for all ages with a very important message.

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This story is SO cute. The illustrations were so enchanting, and the story so short and sweet. I absolutely loved the art style, and I love a good fairy book :) Will definitely be recommending this one to my library!

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This book is so darling! Well written and magical too! It didn’t go the way I was thinking it would, but I think that made me love it even more! I love the wild magic that this book gives off.

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The Fairy Garden by Georgia Buckthorn is a sweet story about a young girl dreaming of seeing fairies in her garden. She cleans and straightens and rakes all the leaves only to discover that those exact things were what the fairies had already used to make their homes. It’s such a good reminder that how we do things may not be what others would do or even enjoy. The phrase “Treat others the way you would want to be treated” does not always work in reality and it’s important to learn that especially when around new cultures and people and even animals. I loved everything about this story and would definitely recommend it to any parent. The illustrations are beautiful and there’s nothing I would change about this story.

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The Illustrations are gorgeous and they complement the story so well. My favorite is the part where she sits at the window and falls asleep.

I love how this story captures the idea that wild untrimmed gardens are just as perfect as the human manicured ones. The story is cute and a fun way to get children involved with gardening.
At the end there is even a how to create your very own fairy garden page.

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This book is entirely charming. :) Somewhat reminiscent of Miss Rumphius (one of my favorite childhood books, which I recently rediscovered), its sweet story and delightful illustrations will charm children and adults alike.

I particularly enjoyed the illustrations--so detailed! Every scene truly came to life. And, the instructions at the end for growing a fairy garden and building a fairy house were ingenious. A great opportunity for families to partake together.

Well done, indeed!

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Mimi spends every day tending her garden in the hopes that she will see fairies. She removes unsightly leaves, and sprays to keep nasty bugs away. It turns out that while fairies do appreciate a beautiful garden, they prefer that gardeners show a little more respect for Mother Nature.

I love the idea of using enchantment to teach little ones to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, and to be good stewards of nature. The ecological message is clear, without being heavy-handed. Hopefully children will understand that fairies or not, magic is all around you if you just take the time to look.

The gorgeous illustrations by Isa Bancewicz are a perfect accompaniment for Buckthorn's story.

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A pretty little magical story! ^^

We follow a young girl who dreams of seeing fairies and maintains her garden with care precisely for this purpose. But maybe what she thinks she is doing well is distorted...
A nice message on the preservation of nature, in a more restricted but also more accessible setting, the garden.

I loved the drawing, which takes the form of very colored sketches.

In short, to discover to make children want to create little fairy houses in the garden! ^^

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This was a really cute story! I loved the message, and it was perfect for reading with my kid. We loved the story and especially the directions for making our own fairy garden craft at the end!

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Mimi is a little girl who wants to welcome fairies to her garden, she decides to clean up her garden by raking leaves and spraying bug spray. The fairies explain to her that these things actually made it really hard for them to live in her garden, teaching her that being environmentally friendly and keeping her garden safe for bugs and animals makes it a great place for fairies too!

I love that this story is fun and a fantasy picture book because I can easily see it drawing in sweet young readers with a love of fairies while also sending important messages about protecting the environment. I think this book would be perfect for K-2 classrooms and families of children in the 4-8 age range. As a teacher, I would definitely recommend this book to my colleagues.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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The Fairy Garden is a beautiful book with a great message. Mimi is a little girl who wants to see fairies in her garden. In order to accomplish this, she starts changing the surroundings, not realizing that this actually scares away the fairies. The illustrations and its details are adorable. I really enjoyed this story, the final pages are filled with little projects/ideas, I found this to be a really smart way to combine reading and outdoors.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an ARC of this book.

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A big thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I'm always so thankful to have these opportunities!

Today we have a book that has a 4 triquetra rating of "I really liked it." First, although I had a digital copy of this book, I'm really happy to see that the book will be printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper, and it'll be printed in the USA, which makes the shipping carbon footprint decrease a TON. Really happy to see publishers being a bit more eco-friendly!

This story is adorable, and there's a bit of a twist involved that makes this Fairy Witch/Pagan very happy! I was worried that this book was going to further push the twee fairy stories onto folks, and it does, a bit - it's a mainstream children's picture book, after all - but that important message the fairies bring to Mimi at the end of the story make it Pagan friendly, Earth friendly, in my opinion!

If you're looking for an Earth-friendly, nature spirit book for the upcoming Earth Day holiday, then this one is for you!
I believe Pagan parents and caregiver's will find it especially lovely.

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A gentle reminder that all things sweet can also be a bit magical! If not in reality, then our minds can surely take us there, if only we would allow that frolicking freedom.

Mimi was a fairly content child except for one BIG desire. She wanted a fairy in her beautiful garden. She spent many an hour making her garden just right for fairies to dwell there. She waited and watched and fixed things to be just a little bit better. Turns out perfection for Mimi is not the way fairies want fairy-dwellings to be. These desired guests are just the ones who give Mimi answers in her disappointments. Sometimes, our ways are not always the best.

If you and your children like to imagine fairies living in a nearby garden, this is a sweet and magical book. At the end, there are instructions on “How to Grow a Fairy-Friendly Garden” and “How to Make a Special Fairy House.”

The illustrations are wispy and light, kind of the way I imagine a fairy would be. They are created using colored pencils.

This book is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper in the USA. It is a planet friendly book with a small carbon footprint.

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A sweet story about a girl who wants a fairy garden but in her desire to make the most perfect garden, she ends up hurting the ecosystem the fairies need to thrive. Whimsical illustrations, backmatter to help kids create their own fairy garden.

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This was a cute children’s book about a girl named Mimi, who has a garden and wants to see fairies in it, She does everything she can think of in the garden to make it welcoming to fairies, but still doesn’t see any.

The art in this book was beautiful, and I really enjoyed reading it. The text was a little small and might be difficult for children to read, so I would have liked it to be maybe a little bigger. Other than that, it was a lovely book that I think lots of children will enjoy,

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Thank you for NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

I love to request children's books not just because I used to work in a kindergarten and fell in love with them all over again, but because my Goddaughter is also on her way exploring english literature.

I absolutely adored this short little story. I liked the art style and the colors chosen. A major plus was the text being highlighted in a white bubble or background (apart from one nighttime ocasion, which I suggest to be changed), that made reading easier and took away less of my attention from the story.

I would have enjoyed a litte more personal interaction between Mimi and the fairies or someone else. Maybe a cute animal companion could've been added as well.

All in all it was a cute read.

4/5 stars

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The Fairy Garden was a beautiful and magical book. It reminds me of being a young girl who also used to try to see and catch fairies in my own backyard. One book transported me back in time in the most special of ways.

Mimi lives an ordinary life, but the experience she has is anything but ordinary. The illustrations quite literally took my breath away.

I'm a teacher, and most of my students are obsessed with fairies, so I know they would love this book just as much as I did. It gives children a sense of imagination, play, and love of nature. I recommend this book and cannot wait to have it in my classroom.

Thank you, NetGalley and the publishers, for this e-arc copy of the book for an honest review.

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I am always on the lookout for fairy books, especially ones with some substance and heart to them.

This has fairies, imagination, creativity as well as a message about the eco systems in your garden, without it being a book about ecosystems..

As an adult, or in this case a child who thinks she's doing the right thing, we aim for pretty, tidy, pest free and organised gardens...but what the garden, and the creatures living in it, really need, is a little bit of 'wild'.

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Things I loved about this book:
*Vibrant illustrations
*Fairy-friendly gardening tips shared
*Instructions to make a fairy house at the end.

Mimi, described as a very ordinary girl, wanted fairies to come to her garden so she worked diligently to transform the garden into a meticulously weeded, watered, and manicured space. She even made sure to have fairy houses for them to inhabit. When she had done everything she could think of, and the fairies still didn't appear, Mimi began to cry. And then the unexpected happened.

[Spoiler Alert] The fairies showed up and proceeded to give Mimi a lesson in proper respect for the environment. It was at this point, I felt the book veered a bit too much into the preachy, we-interrupt- this-perfectly-lovely-book for an infomercial about planetary care. Just felt very unnatural and quite honestly, took the magic out of the story.

In the end, Mimi was appropriately repentant and redid her garden into a more environmentally- (and fairy-) friendly space. I do like the idea that a "perfect" garden does not have to be completely manicured and that having some untamed spaces can still be beautiful.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of The Fairy Garden from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are solely my own.

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This was a very cute story. I liked how it explained how nature is really at its best when it's left alone and not pruned and sprayed with pesticides. The illustrations were also gorgeous, and I loved all the colours that were used.

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The Fairy Garden is sweetly illustrated children's book for children and parents who love gardening. Mimi lovingly tends to her garden, hoping to attract fairies, but alas, they don't come. Eventually they do come but with a message, her weeding and use of bug spray is killing the very "wildness" the garden needs to survive. Mimi vows to do better with this new found knowledge.

The illustrations are adorable and very fitting for the subject matter. Although I love the message of the book, it is perhaps slightly heavy handed. The message that a bit of wildness and actual nature in our gardens is better for both animal life and plants is something that even a lot of adults don't realize, so it is a worthy message. It may be a little deep for the youngest children, however. On the plus side, it could stimulate informative side conversations.

A really cute aspect of the book was at the end it explained how to actually make fairy houses.

I enjoyed reading this beautiful book and would happily present it to any children in my acquaintance who have an interest in the outdoor world.

Thank you to NetGalley, Georgia Buckhorn, and Quarto Publishing for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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