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The Fairy Doll

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fairy Doll has always been at the top of the Christmas tree, brilliant in her white beaded dress and little silver shoes (which Elizabeth is sure were sewn by fairy mice). Elizabeth is the smallest in the family. She is always getting into trouble and her brothers and sisters are forever leaving her out and ordering her around. She’s convinced she’s useless. Then Great-Gra ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Pan Macmillan (first published September 6th 1956)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
Sweetly charming.

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden was my favourite book as a young child (i'm still hoping for a copy to turn up at my work)

This book also captures the world of lonely child whose imagination helps her retreat into a world of make believe. I loved the world of dolls (or in this case a Christmas Fairy ornament) where a flower bud can make a doll's hat or a nasturtium leaf, a parasol.

Old fashioned, yes (and I particularly winced when Elizabeth's teacher called her stupid) but I adored and will always adore, Ru
Read through it quickly so can’t comment in depth on it. However, two particular themes impressed upon me: the importance of creativity and that people develop at different rates. The creativity that children seem to possess in limitless droves seems to gradually diminish as we learn more about what can happen and see everything else as impossible, impractical or inferior. It was nice seeing how it commended creativity over strict knowledge of possibility and prior experience. It also hit me how ...more
Eleanor Toland
Not quite as complex or dark as Rumer Godden's earlier The Doll's House, The Fairy Doll is nevertheless a winsome fairy-tale set in 1950s England. There's a Christmas tree ornament which may or may not have magical powers and a small, bullied girl who needs some self-confidence. What lifts this fable above the ordinary is Godden's ability to inhabit a child's point of view and most of all, her evocative writing, full of detail about Christmas traditions familiar to children at the time but now r ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
My first Christmas book of the year, this is the story of a Christmas Fairy that a family places at the top of its tree every year. One year, Great Grandmother gives the fairy doll to Elizabeth, the youngest of the three children. Elizabeth is clumsy and slow, always teased by her older siblings, and even denigrated by her parents and teacher at times. The fairy doll becomes Elizabeth's friend and allows her to develop her creative talents, while giving her the confidence she needs to progress a ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slightly old-fashioned but very sweet and charming. I loved the glimpses into a child's imagination - sawdust as fairy sand and a shell for a bed. I also like how it's left to the reader to decide whether the Fairy Doll really was magical.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author, but this book was full of anti-fat messages and other dated viewpoints.
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.75 Stars.

What a sweet story!
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was terifice
Vivacia Ahwen
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why this says it's from 2006. The Fairy Doll is a VERY old book. We're talking' 1940s. I had an original that was a library discard when I was little, and read it god knows how many times. Will investigate!

**UPDATE** Yeah, okay. 1956. Now I miss my original copy.
I reread this old favorite a couple evenings ago. There is just the smidge of magic in this story about Elizabeth, the youngest of four children, and how she learns to have faith in herself.
Loved this book.
Joan Osterberg
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i had to add this book because it was my fav when i was a little girl
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story on what it's like to be the baby of the family .
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sweet story about a sad little girl who is helped by the fairy doll from the top of the Christmas tree.
Michelle Wegner
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a perfect and beautiful fairy story.
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Sweet, but not as good as most of Rumer Godden's other doll books.
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Child's Perspective 1 1 Jul 30, 2010 12:20AM  
Margaret Rumer Godden was born in Sussex, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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