The Only Lonely Fairy

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Pub Date Mar 05 2024 | Archive Date Apr 01 2024

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Make-believe + melodrama = comedy as one dramatic little girl learns the new skill of finding a friend

Leah is looking for a friend to play fairies. But when her invitation fails to sway her classmates, Leah is left all…ALONE.

Poor Lonely Leah! Will she always be the only one standing alone in line? The only one reading fairy tales in the book corner? The AGONY of her SUFFERING is so overpowering that she almost misses the quiet voice trying to get her attention…

From the creators of Percy’s Perfect Friend comes an entertaining new journey into social-emotional growth. Author Lana Button is an early childhood educator who has seen firsthand the struggles many kids experience learning to navigate social situations and conflict—especially if pandemic lockdowns were part of their early lives. In The Only Lonely Fairy, she tells a relatable story of someone trying to make friends and missing the mark, while Peggy Collins brings lively humor to the illustrations, letting readers know what Leah doesn’t yet: that she isn’t alone after all.

Make-believe + melodrama = comedy as one dramatic little girl learns the new skill of finding a friend

Leah is looking for a friend to play fairies. But when her invitation fails to sway her...

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I received an electronic ARC from Pajama Press through NetGalley.
Asking someone to play requires courage. Button shows Leah feeling alone as she plays. She tries asking a couple of other kids but they are playing their own games. Early in the book, she doesn't see Allie trying to join her. When the two connect, they have a wonderful time playing together, and notice a third friend who wants to play much quicker. The underlying message of being brave comes through along with being who you are. Great read aloud for families as kids prepare for school.

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A cute story, but forced narrative.
I think it can be helpful for some children or families who are looking for this specific thing.
The illustrations were cute and it was straightforward.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review the ARC of The Only Lonely Fairy. This adorable story reminds us all to stop and take a look at all the positives when it feels like nothing is going our way. As a mom to two emotionally charged girls, The Only Lonely Fairy really hit home and showed a common social situation many children experience. Leah is trying to find a friend to play fairies with, but sadly everyone is busy. What else is Leah to do except feel sad, angry and lonely? Little does Leah realize someone has been trying to get her attention the whole time. Does Leah finally see what she’s been missing and add to her fairy friends list? The cute and quirky illustrations set the tone and really help the story come to life for younger readers. The Only Lonely Fairy is a great book for every family to add to their shelves!

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This is a cute story. It would be helpful for parents and teachers to use to talk about friendship. I enjoyed the illustrations too. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review the ARC of The Only Lonely Fairy.

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Leah can't seem to find anyone to play fairies with her, and she's so caught up in her misery she doesn't even notice the little girl standing alone who's trying to get her attention. Button's story about budding friendships and the search for playmates is greatly complimented by Peggy Collins' adorable illustrations.

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Thank you NetGalley for this copy. An adorable story about finding friends to play with. Great for younger kids who are learning how to share and play with others.

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"The Only Lonely Fairy" by Lana Button is a really cute children's picture book with a helpful message for all children!

Leah is looking for a friends who likes to play fairies. She can't find any and becomes very sad. She does not notice another little girl, Allie, who wants to play with her. Allie makes contact and they start to play and make fairy wings for her. They have fun and are joined by another little child who wants to play with them.

The story teaches children to reach out and ask if another child wants to play. It's simple, but effective.

The illustrations by Peggy Collins are just right! Each child shown is unique. I love the style of main character, Leah, with her pink cowboy boots and the overalls with the heart on them, and her red curly hair. Her green wings and headband antennae are quite expressive, drooping when she is sad, and perked up high when she is happy. Cultural Diversity is shown in the children in line, including different genders, races, and even one with a disability (in a wheelchair).

I really love this children's picture book and I highly recommend it! Great for young children!

With thanks to Netgalley, Pajama Press, author Lana Button and illustrator Peggy Collins for providing this temporary digital review copy so I could give you my review.

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Readers can delight in realizing that our protagonist has a potential friend by looking at the adorable illustrations at the girl in the background, just begging to join in! Teaching kids that there are always people who want to join in, if you are brave enough to ask! I also love the third friend joining in too!

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