Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Freddie and the Fairy” as Want to Read:
Freddie and the Fairy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Freddie and the Fairy

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In the newest tale from the award-winning author of Room on the Broom, Freddie meets a fairy who grants his every wish—almost Freddie finds a fairy, tangled in a tree. Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes, he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, and Freddie tend ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published September 2010)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Freddie and the Fairy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Freddie and the Fairy

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.95  · 
Rating details
 ·  258 ratings  ·  41 reviews

Sort order
Start your review of Freddie and the Fairy
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure where this was going at first -- were we laughing at the fairy for not being hard of hearing and making mistakes understanding what Freddie wanted as his wishes? But, no, it's actually a lesson for Freddie (who mumbles) and he learns to be clearer and more effective in his communication. I imagine children will laugh at the funny mix-ups and, hopefully, learn a bit of empathy and communication tips along the way.
Hint: the last two illustrations made no sense to me until I reread i
Emily Hughes
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do not mumble, do not turn your head away and do not cover your mouth are three golden rules for communication that Freddie and the Fairy teaches young children.

Freddie and the Fairy is the story of how a young boy rescues a fairy whom is stuck in a tree. In return she says she will grant him a wish. However, Freddie mumbles and Bessie Belle the fairy it becomes apparent is hard of hearing so she keeps conjuring up the wrong thing. They do not give up and keep trying to get the right thing and l
Amanda Corboy
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Freddie rescues a fairy called Bessie-Belle who offers to make his every wish come true. However, she can’t hear him very well so she keeps getting his wishes wrong. Freddie gets frustrated and Bessie-Bell gets upset, but the fairy queen arrives and teaches Freddie to speak clearly so the fairy can understand what he is wishing for.

I enjoyed this book as it is well written in rhyming verses and also it has an important message. It shows children that everyone is different and they should be pat
Mrs Helen S Morton
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it I have hearing aids
Demi Clark
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another book written by the great Julia Donaldson. I read this book to a year two class who laughed the whole way through. This story follows Freddie who meets a Fairy (Bessie Belle) that is stuck up a tree. In return, of rescuing her, Freddie is granted a wish but because he mumbles, she conjures up the wrong thing. Little does Freddie know that the fairy has a hearing impairment (visible in illustrations). This book has a secret message to children when meeting a new person that they should ‘n ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Ask and you will receive, but only when you ask with clarity!
Head Queen’s charter lists out on how to ASK as well as what to take care when one couldn't hear. Very thoughtful read!!
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
An enchanting read suitable for either whole class or individual use for developing readers. The story takes us through Freddie and his encounter with a hearing impaired fairy ‘Bessie-Belle’. At first it is not quite clear that the fairy has a disability as it looks like that she is wearing a small accessory - an earring/hairclip. However, as the story develops this becomes apparent although the story does not specify the exact nature.

The story does touch on Bessie-Belle’s frustration, anxiety
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My daughter is deaf and I heard about the book from another parent who recommended it. Freddie helps the fairy out of a bit of a fix, and so she promises to grant all his wishes but warns she can't hear very well. When his wishes keep getting muddled the Fairy Queen has to step in with 3 golden rules to help the fairy understand him. The message it imparts is so important, providing some key information about communicating with those who have hearing problems in a way that is really accessible. ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Julia Donaldson and this book just adds to my amazing collection of hers. I've used it teaching literacy to a reception class. The theme of the lesson was rhyming words which Julia Donaldson is brilliant for. The good thing about this book is that it catered for all abilities in the class, the first set of rhyming words are pet,net which was fantastic for my children that have just started to blend, they were able to decode the words themselves and hear and see the rhyme... I ...more
Christopher Scott
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is based on the encounter of Freddie and his meeting of a Fairy with some sort of hearing impairment. This inclusive story touched upon frustration, anxiety and sadness someone with this type of disability may encounter through brilliant and effective illustrations.
This can help children of all needs relate to Bessie Belles story and provide a sense of compfort to those children going trough a similar experience. This helps builds children's empathy and understanding of this with SEN
Lucy Sands
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another excellent rhyming picture book by Julia Donaldson. Clever rhyming wit and humorous conjuring’s by the Fairy, (such as a carrot instead of a pet Parrot), make this book an instant hit with children. What sets this book apart from her others are the underlying deeper messages. This book teaches children the art of effective communication by not mumbling, turning away or covering up your mouth – traits often displayed by little ones! Most importantly however the book introduces children to ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Julia Donaldsons books. This one was no exception. The illustrations are nice and colourful and bold and the fairy is gorgeous.
Freddie desperately wants a pet and helps a fairy tangled in a tree called Bessie-Belle. She says she will grant him all of his wishes but she can't hear very well and when Freddie mumbles his wish requests she gets everything wrong. This is a lovely tale about what it would be like for somebody who can't always hear properly and feels awful because of their disab
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I do like Julia Donaldson. This has the charming fun of rhyme while also being useful as a text in an early learning environment where there are children / staff with hearing impediments. It turns out that the fairy is reading lips - that's why his mumbling keeps making the wishes go wrong.

Miss 4 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the var
Chui Ying
A funny story about a fairy who cannot hear very well, and when she tries to grant wishes, she messes them up! I like that it introduces young children to the concept of rhyming words in a fun way - the children get the hang of it after one or two pages and try to guess what comes up next in the remaining pages. A secondary teachable opportunity is for children to begin to be aware of others who may have different needs. In this case, we recognise the need to interact with Bessie Belle the fairy ...more
Dan Browne
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Some nice teachable moments, got this specifically to address hearing disabilities. However, I often find myself slightly disappointed by Donaldson’s insistence on rhyming couplets—her concepts and characters are super fun, but her rhymes can be forced, ending up in a lot of clunky verse and limiting the story’s execution. Of course there are many great exceptions that keep us reading her work—Gruffalo, Tiddler, and Squid and the Whale come to mind—but I’m getting increasingly tired of the uncha ...more
Raven Black
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
An adaptable story that can be used to show children how to deal with another student/child/adult with a hearing issue or just a good book about how to "speak up" so everyone can understand you.   Freddie helps Bessie-Belle from getting unstuck from a tree. To thank him, she will grant all his wishes. However, things do not go as planned and Freddie gets frustrated. Yet,he quickly learns that he is just as much at fault as Bessie-Belle is for being unable to perfectly grand his wishes because he ...more
Ashley Stevenson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exceptionalities
After reading this story, I enjoyed how the Queen Fairy taught the three important rules when communicating with someone who is hearing impaired. I also loved how there was rhyming words included throughout the story. I believe that this story is a great way to teach young children about how some children are different but still very important and special.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, good rhymes, helpful story for teaching children how to speak clearly - would be especially helpful for children who interact with Deaf or hard-of-hearing person(s), but really quite useful for speaking clearly in general.
The children I read it to (ages 3-4) were a bit confused at the end, because Freddie has learnt to speak clearly, but Bessie-Belle the fairy still gets the last wish wrong. Amusing for adults, and older children might understand, but confusing for the little ones.
Freddie D
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this because of the name (duh!), but also because Julia Donaldson books are notoriously excellent. This didn't disappoint. A very sweet story about a hearing-impaired fairy and lots of fun rhyming animals. ...more
Tanya Saunders
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A helpful book to teach compassion and empathy, as well as some useful practical tips for teaching children how they can help their deaf friends by remembering a few simple tips (like not mumbling, not covering the mouth when speaking, etc).
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
My favorite one...
Mesca Elin
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A funny read for both young and old. It also has great lessons for children so it gets 5 stars from me
Josephine Blades
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Freddie and the Fairy is a beautiful book, following the story of a fairy who uses a hearing aid! She gets muddled up with the wishes that Freddie asks for because he does not speak clearly enough. This book would be wonderful if you had a child in your class or school with a hearing impediment and you wanted to educate the other children on ways to help them in school! As always Julia Donaldson's writing is beautiful and it sends a caring and thoughtful message to those who read it. ...more
Jun 22, 2015 added it
Freddie and the Fairy – Book review
Freddie and the fairy is a children’s picture book about a young boy called Freddie who is granted wishes by a fairy. The only problem is, the fairy cannot hear very well, so each time Freddie asks for something, he ends up with something else. For example, Freddie asks for a dog, but ends up with a frog. Freddie asks for parrot and gets a carrot. Freddie gets angry with the fairy because she never gives him anything he wants and this makes the fairy cry. The q
Jennifer Fannon
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Freddie and the Fairy is about a young boy who like a lot of children wants a pet In the story Freddie rescues a fairy who is stuck in a tree. However, it becomes clear that Bessie Belle the Fairy is hard of hearing and Freddie misinterprets what Freddie is talking about. Luckily the Queen Fairy is there to help explain the most important rules of communication.
I liked the rhyming words in the book which would help young children practice their blending of sounds. In addition there was a subtle
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Book review:Freddie and the fairy

Freddie and the Fairy is the story of how a young boy rescues a fairy whom is stuck in a tree. In return she says she will grant him a wish. However, Freddie mumbles and Bessie Belle the fairy it becomes apparent is hard of hearing so she keeps conjuring up the wrong thing. They do not give up and keep trying to get the right thing and luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain and gives them the three important rules for good communication.

I really enjoyed th
Sep 26, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: sibling of hearing-impaired
A lovely rhyming story that easily takes you through Freddie's fun encounter with Bessie-Belle the fairy, who has a habit of getting wishes just a little wrong. We see a menagerie of animals come Freddie's way when he wishes for a pet. A charming read with a subtle layer: Bessie-Belle is hearing impaired. When the Fairy queen appears she explains to Freddie that to make his wish heard properly he must follow the three rules: don't mumble, don't turn away and don't cover up your mouth. A useful t ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
The story reads as a poem however would be more suited to a more fluent reader or a teacher reading to the class. Some words may be quite difficult to read/understand. The illustrations are engaging and relate to the story well.
It is interesting that Freddie takes responsibility for the fairy's mistakes as he was mumbling, however this was not made clear throughout the story until the fairy queen recites the rules and it becomes cler that the Bessie-Belle has a hearing impairment. Can be intera
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Giraffes Can't Dance
  • Peace At Last
  • Be Brave Little Penguin
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • How to Catch a Star (The Boy, #1)
  • Elephant Me
  • Owl Babies
  • Don't Call Me Sweet
  • Hiccup: The Viking Who Was Seasick
  • TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings
  • I Am Actually a Penguin
  • The Big Box: Independent Reading Pink 1B (Reading Champion)
  • I'm Not Cute!
  • Elmer and the Big Bird
  • I Love My Teacher
  • The Something
  • I Love My Granny
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home
See similar books…
Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho

Related Articles

  Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made...
45 likes · 65 comments