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Fairy Science

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A STEM-and-fairy-filled picture book. !

All the fairies in Pixieville believe in magic--except Esther. She believes in science.

When a forest tree stops growing, all the fairies are stumped--including Esther. But not for long! Esther knows that science can get to the root of the problem--and its solution!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Tundra Books (NY)
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La Coccinelle
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, arc, netgalley
This super-cute book teaches kids about the scientific method in an easy-to-understand way. There's even a little experiment in the back for budding scientists to try.

Esther is a fairy, and as everyone knows, fairies are all about the magic. Except... Esther's not. While her fairy friends think everything can be explained away with magic, Esther knows that science is what underlies the wonders of our world. But when even the fairy school system teaches magic over science, scientists like Esther
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting childrens book. It takes the concept of science and applies it to fairies whom have magic. I like the science concepts taught about photosynthesis, fog, gravity, etc. However it could be very confusing to a child to understand that the overall idea is nothing is magic; it just has an explanation we may not know yet. Im not sure the book conveyed this very well.
I do really like the illustrations and that the glitter on the cover (and fairies in general) are likely to
Michelle Olson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love Ashley Spires books! This was a cute story of a fairy who uses science to answer her questions. A very good introduction on how to use the scientific method for younger kids.
Villain E
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, Esther the fairy doesn't believe in magic, even though the other fairies are performing magic right in front of her. Esther believes in science, even though literally nobody else does (so where did her belief come from?) The first half of the book has Esther trying to come up with scientific explanations to the magic being performed around her. It's so ridiculous, this feels like a metaphorical arguement in favor of creationism. "See this miracle?" "Probably just dandruff." The pouting ...more
Neha Thakkar
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Fans of fairies will love this and hopefully becoming budding scientists. Simple explanation of scientific method and lots of opportunities for inquiry! Recommended for 5 yrs-8 yrs.
Cheriee Weichel
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Esther is an unusual fairy. She doesn't believe in magic. Esther believes in science. She prefers "facts, data, and hard evidence to wishing on stars." She has a scientific explanation for all the enchantments the other fairies experience. I love the page where Esther shows other fairies the periodic table explaining that it is a "list of all the elements that make up the universe!" And the other fairies respond, "Not all of them. Where are dreams and wishes and sunshine?"
When a tree in the
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really was expecting something quite different when my daughter handed me this book she picked from the library shelves.

The overall premise of the story is that the main character does not believe in fairy magic and only wants to use science (and the scientific method) to solve problems and fix things. She is even rude in relations with the fairies who believe in magic.

My main problem is the fact that fairies are magical. How can you take the magic out of fairies? They are not real
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very cute picture book about the virtues of scientific method, Fairy Science follows Esther as she examines the fairy world with a critical eye and tries to explain natural phenomena using science in spite of the doubters that insist that magic is responsible for what she sees.

I picked up an e-ARC from NetGalley and I sometimes struggle with reading them on my small, old IPAD Kindle. I think the art work is really great but a couple of the spreads were tough to see, I look forward to seeing
Samantha Fraenkel
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, picture-book, fairy
Fairy Science is great! Esther is a fairy but she doesn't really believe in magic; she believes in science! A great story about asking questions, following your gut, and staying true to yourself. A fun read to share with any curious young reader and full of lovely, colourful illustrations. Definitely one I will be recommending!

ARC Provided by NetGalley
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, march, 59, 2020
This is a cool way to teach kids about the scientific method, but I think it'd be an equally useful tool for teaching argumentation--just because the ending isn't neat and tidy but offers space to consider different ideas.

I love the illustrations.

3.5 stars, rounding down
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny book about a fairy that leave magic aside and focus her life on science. All the others fairy find her strange and all. Funny yes, but also a book that can be use to talk about science but also about difference and how multiple point of view or angle can be useful for society. Good job!
Logan Stecher
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esther doesn't fall for unexplained nonsense. Be like Esther.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed with this book. I understand what it was going for, and that is awesome. I love the point that you have to stand up for what you believe even when others won't listen - but I don't think you have to be mean or purposefully pop people's bubbles in order to do so. Yes, science is important. Yes, understanding the causes of our world is important. Shattering little children's belief in magic when this world is cruel enough as it is? Nope, not necessary. Fairies and science ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

On review is Fairy Science , the latest picture book from popular Canadian children's author and illustrator Ashley Spires (The Most Magnificent Thing, Binky the Space Cat). Esther, our protagonist, is a fairy living in Pixieville who, shockingly, "does not believe in magic" but instead "believes in science"! While fairy friends around her (and her fairy school teacher) focus their attention on learning magic, practicing with their wands, and mixing magical potions, Esther is all about "facts,
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Spires writes some of the greatest little picture books around. Our first introduction to her work was the TD Grade One Book Giveaway of Small Saul in 2016 and since then we have been hooked on her brilliant writing, lovable characters and animated illustrations. Not only is she a fantastic writer but she is also a great all around human being, taking in foster cats to care for and love until they find their forever homes, but I digress. Im here to tell you about the wonderful new book ...more
Janille N G
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was positively brilliant!

My son is only 4 months old, so of course he didnt understand much of this yet and we will return to it over the years, but I did notice him laughing and smiling a lot as I read and flipped the pages. I think this is because the illustrations were so colourful and vibrant, but were full of recurring characters and objects so as not to be too overwhelming. (I particularly found the bird Albert adorable!)

The concept is what really
This picture book might be ideal for introducing the scientific method to youngsters. It features Esther, a fairy who holds more faith in science than in magic. Whenever her classmates or teachers try to teach about magic, Esther has a rebuttal for them, offering facts that explain why certain things occur. She is unable to persuade anyone in Pixieville to her way of thinking. But when a tall tree begins to wilt, she uses that scientific method to figure out what the tree needs to thrive--more ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the fairies living in Pixieville believe in magic except for one fairy named Ester. She believes in science: facts, data, and evidence. It is only until a tree in Pixieville stops growing that her belief is put to the test and she can convince the other fairies in Pixieville that science is real.

This adorable picture book mixes magic with science and demonstrates the idea that it is okay to think differently than others. Esther never backs down despite the skepticism other fairies have and
April Gray
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute little book about a fairy, Esther, who believes more in science than she does in magic. While her fellow fairy schoolmates are learning about magic, she tries to interest them in science, to no avail. When a tree in their forest starts to wilt, the fairies perform various magics on it, while Esther does scientific experiments to discover it needs more sunlight. She clears a way through the canopy above the tree so it can get sun, and the tree gets better, but the magic gets the ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fairy Science by Ashley Spires is a a hilarious new picture book series, that introduces a charming, determined heroine as she learns about the world and celebrates the joys of curiosity and exploring science.

Esther is a fairy who does not believe in magic. She believes in Science. In fact she thinks fairy dust is just dandruff. She knows that she can convince the other fairies that science is real, it will just take the right experiment and test subjects.

I really loved this book and I will be
Andrea Johnston
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is FABULOUS. An absolutely wonderful tale with adorable illustrations that will surprise and delight readers young and old. Indeed, the ending isn't at all expected but adds another layer of realism, complexity, and a gentle message that even if things do go exactly the way you planned, you are still making a difference and inspiring others. Top that off with some sweet humor and a thorough introduction to the scientific method and you have a home run. The author also includes a ...more
Julie Kim
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Not sure how I feel about this one. It's about fairies who are literally magical, but the main character does not believe in magic but science and is basically disproving their magic. They are fairies; they are clearly magical. The main character is also practicing the scientific method...and I just read an article (just the most recent one because there are more than one) for educators on teaching science that discourages the use the scientific method for multiple reasons. Giraffes that can't ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Although Esther is a fairy, she's a scientist at heart and she's convinced that it'll take more than fairy magic to save a sickly tree in the nearby forest from certain doom. Ashley Spire's newest offering, Fairy Science combines a delightful perspective on early science with endearing, colourful illustrations that make for an informative and entertaining story. Though some of the terminology might be somewhat advanced for the younger child, it works wonderfully with slightly older 6 to 8 year ...more
Read  Ribbet
This is a very clever book to introduce the scientific method to young students. It tells the tale of a fairy named Esther who unlike others in her community believes in science versus magic. It shows the importance of science (facts, hard evidence, data) in explaining the phenomena in the universe. Ultimately, a troubled tree puts the scientific method in action as others come to see the value of science. It the book invites readers to conduct a step by step experiment on their own. The ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book is adorable and I love how sassy smart Esther is. The art is so cute.
Ask a question. Do some research to find out more. Make a hypothesis. Do experiments. Study the results. Draw a conclusion. Ester believes in science over magic and wants to study and learn more. She doesnt win over all the other fairies but she convinces a few and teaches them more.
Awwwww, theres a little experiment at the end.
Also, I love when I can support a Canadian author.
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and I want a copy for my personal collection. Esther is a fairy who does not believe in magic. She believes in Science. In fact she thinks fairy dust is just dandruff. She knows that she can convince the other fairies that science is real, it will just take the right experiment and test subjects. I love that in the end, not everyone believes in science or scientific principle, but some do. Which will beget more, and more. I loved this book, its ideas, its story, and it's ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Esther believes in the scientific method. All the other fairies believe in magic. Though Esther tries to show them the things she discovered through science, they still resolutely believe in magic. When a tree is wilting, can Esther show them how to really fix it?

Part of me felt like the book came down really harshly on believing in magic. However, in a day when people believe facts are optional, maybe in some ways we do have to come down harshly on what truth is. Additionally, how many fairy
Becky B
Esther the fairy doesn't believe in magic. She believes in science. When a tree starts to wilt, the other fairies try magic, while Esther tries the scientific method to find a solution.

A fun way to introduce the scientific method. I was kind of waiting for Esther to run into a situation that science couldn't explain. There's a different twist to the ending. I would like to see more from Esther. Kids who love sparkles and fairies will love the illustrations.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Ester is a fairy, and also a realist. So when other fairies say it's magic Ester provides the facts. When there is a problem with one of the trees, Ester knows a moonlight dance is not the answer. With experiments and research she comes to a very down to earth solution. This cute book is full of fun, with a little sprinkle of science.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am going to be in SO much trouble when my daughter discovers I've returned this to the library! She has requested this book at least twice a night for almost a week. I'm honestly not even sure what it is that draws her to it. I enjoy the explanation of the scientific method, though it feels like a religion vs. science debate to me which can be a bit uncomfortable.
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Ashley has written and illustrated many books, most notably the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing, which is now a short animated film. She creates books that remind kids that making mistakes is integral to learning. She lives in British Columbia with her husband, her dog and a growing army of felines.

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