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Felicity ~ A Sparrow's Tale

(Felicity #1)

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In this first illustrated book in the series, we meet Felicity, a bright young sparrow who loves to read.

Tales of adventure and danger have thrilled her since her teacher Augustus Ivory-Billed Woodpecker taught her to read as a little nestling. She adores the stories of heroes and heroines who forge ahead in spite of all odds, and who always seem to succeed no matter what.
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Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 24th 2014 by Loralee Evans (first published October 23rd 2014)
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Stjepan Cobets
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of children's literature
Honestly I really liked this story about the sparrow Felicity, because I was back in my childhood. I've always loved to read fairy tales and fables, and this story contains both components. It is a story about the sparrow Felicity who can read and loves stories about the heroes and their adventures. Although she does not know, she will become the main character in his story of courage when he meets fairy Colin. The story is entertaining and engaging. I high-maintenance, that will appeal to kids ...more
Clare O'Beara
I love this small story about a brave small bird. Felicity the sparrow lives in a tree in America, and the wise ivory-billed woodpecker taught her to read before he went missing. Now young Felicity has to put that skill to good use - but only after saving a fairy from a hawk when his wings are torn off by the predatory bird.

Felicity has a tremendous adventure in the Wildwood, using her wits, her agility and her courage to save herself and others. The fairy queen's freedom depends on her, but a
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Ronesa Aveela
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful, suspense-filled story about Felicity the sparrow that will captivate children (and adults). Felicity overcomes her fears as she sets out on an adventure the likes of which she has previously only read about in her books. Yes, Felicity can read, and that's one thing that makes her special, and helps her in her quest to save the fairy queen from Grak, the sorcerer Knight Hawk.

The book has great descriptions of creatures as told from the perspective of the sparrow. She has to
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Maggie Larche
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet, beautifully paced story. Felicity is a timid sparrow who doesn't think she's cut out for adventures. Events quickly transpire that show her that she can be do brave things after all, even when she's frightened. It's a perfect story for young elementary school readers - not too scary with plenty of action. The book has a satisfying ending, while still hinting at a few lingering mysteries. Highly recommended!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciproca
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T.J. Wray
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an epic adventure story, as you fly along with Felicity the sparrow. On a perilous journey as she tries to save a kidnapped fairy from a mean old night hawk. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it, probably for younger readers. There is no cussing or violence, no horror or sappy love stories. (Which suits me just fine by the way). It's just a good adventure story...the end...TJ
Tara Woods Turner
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Felicity: A Sparrow's Tale is a charming story about an ordinary little sparrow who ends up doing quite extraordinary things when an encounter with a fairy prince sends her on a rescue mission. Felicity is a bookish creature who enjoys reading about daring adventures but never dreamed she would end up on one. I think this aspect of her personality fits in perfectly with the intended audience of the book - kids who are just beginning to enjoy chapter books but are still young enough to be enchant ...more
A.J. Culey
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Felicity ~ A Sparrow's Tale by Loralee Evans is an adorable adventure tale about a sparrow who loves reading about adventures, but never expects to experience one of her own. I found the book to be captivating, even for me, as an adult reader. With just enough danger to keep the story exciting and some fun riddles to decipher, Felicity has much to offer both its intended age group, as well as the adults who might read it out aloud as a bedtime story or as a classroom activity. As a bonus, it sha ...more
Margaret Standafer
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Felicity the sparrow has spent her life immersed in her books, captivated by their stories of adventure and intrigue. Having been taught to read by Augustus, the ivory-billed woodpecker who raised her after her parents were killed by a hawk, Felicity can usually be found with a book in her beak. When a fairy prince comes looking for Augustus and finds Felicity instead, Felicity embarks on an adventure to rival those of the bravest heroes in her beloved stories.

Felicity – A Sparrow’s Tale is a ch
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Neil Carstairs
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book aimed at the younger generation of readers or adults who enjoy reading together with children. We follow Felicity the Sparrow as she embarks upon an adventure that tests her ability to face and overcome her fears as well as using her skill in reading and solving puzzles. Felicity has to journey into the wildwood to rescue the Fairy Queen and with each stage of the adventure finds bigger threats and more complicated puzzles standing in her way.

A good children's story should always
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Janet
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Felicity, a young sparrow, has a special talent that only she and one other bird she knows possess. It is this talent that causes the fairies of Wildwood to choose her for a special adventure. Her courage and determination will have you rooting for her.

This children's book is a wonderful tale with a nice moral! It can be enjoyed by all ages. It is imaginative and filled with beautiful imagery. It has some exciting, suspenseful moments. You will find yourself holding your breath to see if Felicit
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Heather
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this charming story in two nights, and now my 11 year old is reading it. I loved that Felicity the sparrow loves to read about others' adventures, never dreaming that she'll have one of her own. There is plenty of adventure as Felicity sets out to rescue the queen of the fairies from the nighthawk. My favorite part about this story was all the little details that the author shows us through the sparrow's point of view.
Sisilia Meli
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
The author served in Japan for an LDS mission with my mom and gave a short message for her in the back of the book. She sent it to us a little over a month after my mom died and I just finished it. Beautiful, beautiful story. Thank you for honoring her through a great children's story about bravery and courage.
Russell Whitehead
A Charming Tale of Adventure and Discovery

Who would ever think a sparrow could read or dare to dream of going on adventures? This charming tale complete with fairies will alter the way you look at the natural world. You will never look at a common house sparrow the same way again.
Ian Welch
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is a captivating adventure story guaranteed to excite a younger reader. From page one, you step into the mysterious world of fairies, spells, puzzles to solve, and an evil sorcerer Grak, a night hawk with special powers. Fairy Queen, Lilia has been abducted by Grak who has cast spells to repel any attempt to rescue. The one possible hope of rescue lies with Augustus, a woodpecker with special abilities, but he has disappeared. Maybe not all hope is lost, Felicity a humble sparrow has been A
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Alastair Henry
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Felicity – A Sparrow’s Tale is an enchanting book about a sparrow named Felicity who dares to leave her home in order to help a fairy whose family is in a very precarious situation. Felicity lives a solitary life –she doesn’t have any family and has only one friend whom she seldom sees. Felicity usually spends her time reading, but when she meets Colin, a fairy, she decides that she wants to be bold and adventurous like the characters in her books. She sets out to help Colin and his family.

Felic
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Erin Daniels
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little book so much!! Yes to heroines who save and are not saved by the prince. Yes to heroines who don't conveniently end up with extraordinary powers or sudden beauty at the end of the book as "compensation" for being plain. Yes to quiet heroes who find the strength to do the right thing because they are compassionate and not because they are fearless. Yes to a story that will delight adults as well as young children. Finally - yes to an utterly charming book that relies on someth ...more
James Hockley
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful little book. Inspired by titles such as the ‘Tales of Peter Rabbit’, you probably already have an inkling as to what this is about, and you’d be right. It is the tale of a sparrow who has an adventure. But what an adventure! Within context (i.e. through the eyes of a sparrow), this is a veritable roller-coaster ride. Felicity is one brave little bird.

This is a story about Felicity, who is a sparrow. An entirely unremarkable sparrow except that she can read (yep, read). And how d
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P.M.F. Johnson
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming tale of a sparrow, Felicity, who finds herself called on to brave adventures far beyond what she ever expected. Felicity is kind, which leads her to help a stranger in trouble, Colin. She is also special, in that she can read. Which leads to her big adventure, helping Colin's people. Trouble leads onto trouble, in a satisfying way.

The dangers she faces are at first recognizable, a hawk, human technology, going to a strange place, then magic creeps in and the stakes grow greate
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Dermot Davis
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Felicity loves to read and even though she is only a little sparrow she almost always has her head stuck in a book. When her reading is disturbed by the sudden appearance of a fairy, she has no idea that the encounter was not just going to interrupt her reading but take her on an adventure of a lifetime. She may be a bookworm but Felicity surprises us and perhaps herself by how btrave and resourceful she turns out to be. Having to tangle with a huge and scary nighthawk would terrify most but Fel ...more
C.A. Pack
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Felicity~A Sparrow’s Tale is a positively delightful book for primary/elementary school children that follows the adventures of a young sparrow who knows how to read. The plot focuses on a fairy queen who has been kidnapped by an evil night hawk. The only creature that can save her is a bird that can fly past the hawk’s enchanted defenses, and solve riddles to gain access to the hawk’s lair. It’s well written and builds just the right amount of tension for young readers and listeners. Felicity’s ...more
Wanda Luce
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! "Felicity" took my imagination on an exciting ride. The imagery, suspense, and creativity are woven together so masterfully, that I must admit I couldn't put it down, even as an adult reader. I think the young person in most of us never really dies. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as the tender but brave sparrow met so many dangers with courage and determination. An entrancing tale that wove a spell around me as I read. Exellent writing that will charm any reader. I am ...more
Jewel
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! This is the first time in a long time that I have read a youth book that was thoroughly entertaining with scenes so intense, they literally made my heart pound (and who knew a story about a little sparrow could be intense?) Loralee Evans definitely has a way with a story and I will always be a fan of her work.
Erica
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story aimed at younger readers. I really enjoyed the journey with Felicity. She learned so many things, especially how to focus when afraid. I liked the riddles and logic used in the story. Felicity learned she was stronger, braver and better than she originally thought. The author created a character and setting that I want to revisit. I did buy the second book in the series.
Katharine Coggeshall
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story! I really enjoyed the fantastical world of birds and fairies, where the heroine is a little sparrow. Ms. Evans does a great job of giving detail to the characters, making the story engaging, and weaving lessons for children readers throughout the book. As a mom, this is one I would recommend.
Anita Nasr
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Felicity is a sparrow who is clever, kind and brave but she never thought that she was cut out for the big adventures she reads about in her books until she finds herself on a quest to help the fairy kingdom — a quest that ultimately helps her recognise her strengths. A Sparrow’s Tale teaches children wonderful lessons about overcoming their fears, working through problems in an analytical way, and the importance of learning to read, and I’d be very happy to read this story to the younger member ...more
Nathan
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a story written by a book-lover for book-lovers. Felicity the sparrow has been enchanted with fairy tales and adventures ever since her ivory-billed woodpecker friend taught her to read as a nestling. One day an unusual stranger comes to Felicity offering the sparrow an adventure of her own and the narrative takes off from there. It's a wonderful tale of bravery that any young reader will enjoy. I highly recommend this first entry in the Felicity series.
Siyabulela Mbalekwa
This is a well written, descriptive children’s story about a young bird who, in helping a stranger and putting her own life in danger, ends up embarking on an adventure in a forest she has never entered. It reads well and has enough dialogue to engage the reader. I enjoyed reading this because I was always left wanting more.
Hannah
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Felicity: A Sparrow’s Tale is an utterly charming story about a funny, endearing bird who finds herself on an adventure like those she’s only read about. One day, she meets a fairy prince who asks for her help, and she agrees to try and save the fairy queen from a wicked sorcerer. It’s a classic adventure story, with magic, heroes and villains, an epic adventure, and even the staple royal kidnapping – all with a reading, writing, talking bird for a protagonist! I had my misgivings at the start b ...more
K.A. Krisko
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is a charming and empowering book with some lovely illustrations and an adventure that moves along at a good pace. The author does a good job of keeping us in a bird’s-eye view throughout. We learn that what some people (or birds) may think of as weird can be useful in certain circumstances, that everyone has her own talent, and that we can all rise above our fears to take care of business when we need to. There’s value in being smart in this book, but not at the expense of being active.

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Cearúil Swords
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Felicity is the story of a young sparrow who having read a great many tales of adventure is launched into one herself by the appearance of a young fairy in need of assistance. There is a lot of fun observations made along the way and Felicity herself is a likeable character with a nice mix of fears and strengths.

The characters she meets along the way are well executed, for the most part, with various flourishes to give them a distinct feeling and authenticity. As the story went on I found myself
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Some of Loralee Evans’ earliest memories are of sitting with her mom or dad while they read her stories like The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, or Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. These memories, along with many great teachers who got her excited about reading, are what helped her develop a love of books, and of writing. She has lived in Missouri, Texas, and Utah, and even spen ...more

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