"Fairyland" was familiar territory to young Louisa May Alcott and her sisters, for they had often romped there and explored its secrets under the guidance of family friend, Henry David Thoreau. Fifteen years her elder, Thoreau led the Alcott girls and their friends on berry-picking expeditions in the wooded land around Walden Pond, which he fancifully called "fairyland." I...more
We can learn many lessons from the fairies in this book. They embody the love of beautiful things, the unseen comforter of fallen sparrows and insects, the hope of diligent labor, and the contagious kindness of tender concern.
I like her interpretation of these magical creatures.
LMA uses fairies and elves, flowers (along with a good queen at least) and birds to weave stories men to teach children about love, gentleness, kindness, and beauty. I wish the characters were better developed, and while the stories are rather simplistic (not necessarily a bad thing), I find them to be rather corny. Still LMA fans will probably appreciate this, not to mention I can imagine myself reading some of these to some young girl before she becomes jaded by our society as it is today.
Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s...more