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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Finding Fairies by Michelle Roehm McCann and Marianne Monson describes special creatures from around the world. Asian fairies include the Chinese house fairy, the Japanese kobito, and the tokkaebi from Korea. England has forest and water fairies, while Irish fairies love riding white horses. In Scotland, brownies are paid for their favors using bannock cakes. The Middle East is populated with the supernatural djinn, while Polynesian fairies include the bonita maidens of the Solomon Islands, ponaturi of New Zealand, and menehune of Hawaii. The North American continent houses indigenous and imported varieties. Northern Europe is rich with paranormal creatures, while Indian fairies may visit on Hindu holy days. The huge African continent has many legends, and the South American rainforests are full of magical life. Even frozen lands have their own fairies.
Finding Fairies by Michelle Roehm McCann and Marianne Monson is a beautiful novelty book. Every page is beautifully illustrated with colorful pictures by David Hohn and lavish stock art. I chuckled when I read the advice to focus on finding friendly fairies because hostile creatures would not be fun at all. I liked the definition of fairies as magical beings intimately connected to nature and felt the warning that the wee folk have become distrustful since humans have depleted the environment was in tune with modern education about conservation and sustainability. I also liked the way that each regional fairy catalog was followed by a recipe or craft and activity. The cherry dumpling recipe sounded absolutely delicious. I would love to follow the instructions to throw a fairy party and celebrate international fairy day. Children will love Finding Fairies.