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Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast

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The cultural phenomenon of fairy houses crafted solely from available natural materials apparently originated spontaneously on a few Maine islands, and in recent years, these charming, wee shelters made from leaves, moss, twigs, stones, bark, shells, feathers, and other found items have caught the imaginations of parents and children everywhere. Fairy Houses of the Maine C ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Down East Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Beth
Mar 01, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok
I picked this up from the library on a whim and am incredibly glad I didn't spend money on it.

The text is a collection of quotes, simple poems, and short descriptions of Maine fairy houses. It's also an advertisement for communities that feature the art form.

The photographs were the only reason I found this book to be enjoyable. They're detailed and show a large collection of architectural styles.

If I ever referenced this book, it would be for images alone. The hodge-podge descriptions barely ha
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Lynn
Feb 04, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-nf, maine
I selected this book for my students who are fans of fairies, but I doubt many of them will read the involved text, or be able to appreciate what Yeats, Emerson, and Shakespeare had to say about fairies. Perhaps a caring adult, such as the author's parent, will invite a child into the fairy world, and even take them to Boothbay or Monhegan Island to enjoy them.
The photos will attract even non-readers with their crisp shots of a wide variety of fairy houses.
I thought the only rule about fairy h
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T Crockett
Aug 30, 2015 T Crockett rated it liked it
The pictures will thrill the heart of any fairy lover. The text is a mix of poetry about fairies and discussion of fairy lore. I was reading it to a child who is a full believer, so I skipped or reworded parts that said fairies were make believe. In some places the author speaks directly to parents about the benefits of children believing in fairies.

I think even if I wasn't editing the book for a child's ears as I read, I still would have found it disjointed.
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