The Night Fairy
What would happen to a fairy if she lost her wings and could no longer fly? Flory, a young night fairy no taller than an acorn and still becoming accustomed to her wings — wings as beautiful as those of a luna moth — is about to f...more
The story of the injured little fairy growing up in a garden was... okay. I felt a little bored, to be honest, but I didn't hate it, either. Ditto the protagonist Flory and her dumb squirrel ally. Schlitz seemed to be trying to have her animals both ways -- nature red in tooth ...more
On her own at an early age (as is usually the case for fairies), Flory suffers an injury one night at the overeager hands of a hungry youn ...more
I first read this one as a ARC and didn't really care for it. However, on rereading the finished copy, I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the language and the plot arc. It's a deceptively simple story, but one filled with conflict and change for the protagonist. Flory must adapt and grow, both physica ...more
Just when I started to get annoyed with Flory and her selfish attitude, it started to become apparent tha ...more
Breve incantevole fiaba, scritta benissimo. Tutto è relativo: un tranquillo giardino, visto attraverso gli occhi di una minuscola fata bambina, diventa un luogo selvaggio e meraviglioso, dove la sopravvivenza del più forte è a discapito del più debole. Nel ...more
Hoggle: What'd you expect fairies to do?
Sarah: I thought they did nice things, like... like granting wishes.
Hoggle: Shows what *you* know, don't it?
The Night Fairy is not a typical fairy story with princesses and wishes. Flory is a night fairy who, after being "attacked" by a bat, chooses to live as a day fairy. The story is a bit rambly in exploring the world and meeting new characters, which I expect is fine for a child audience, but was not all that i ...more
It is told in such an adventurous and non-condescending way that I felt like we were learning these things with her. Tryi ...more
Flory is a very strong and stubborn fairy. I really like her character. She is the exact portrait of how I first pictured fairies. Flory is also very resourceful. She does what she can with she has. Because of the loss of her wings, Flory has to change her entire lifestyle.
I find this story to be extremely char ...more
In the garden, however, she makes quite a life for herself, even though she is banned from the sky. Befriending a ravenous squirrel, a hummingbird, and a bat, she learns that appearance isn't everything, and what a real friendship is made ou ...more
Cannot wait to see the illustrations. Already one of my favorite books of next year, and it isn't even next year yet.
Finally, my own finished copy, given by a loved one. The illustrations are as beauteous as I had hoped, and the silvery blue endpapers are just the most luscious endpapers I have ever seen.
Reading a second time, I find it even more engaging, if that's possible. Schlitz is as mesmerizing a storyteller as I have ever read, and if you ev ...more
Schlitz tells a lovely story with lessons about resiliency, friendship, a ...more
Ms. Schlitz lives in the Loch Hill section of Baltimore County. She is single with no children.
She has also been a playwright, ...more