I Used to be a Fairy... a true story told by Granny

Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2019
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Author Biography

Cynthia Kern OBrien is the author of the A True Story by Granny picture book series: I Used to be a Fairy, The Tooth Fairy and the Baby Elf, and I Don't Want to Go to Preschool, the Fairy Queen Calls. A grandmother of three, she resides in California with her husband and Yorkshire Terrier-Maltese mix, Pickles. She is the recipient of three Five Star Readers Favorite Awards, four Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the Picture Books 6 & Older category, First Place Royal Dragonfly Award in the Parenting category, American Book Fest Fiction Awards Finalist and is Story Monsters Approved. OBrien finds inspiration for her writing in her grandchildren and their worldview, aspiring to teach young readers caring, and kindness for people, and animals of all stripes.

Illustrator Rosemarie Gillen is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator who has been recognized by the Mom’s Choice Awards, Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, The New England Book Festival, and Stories for Children Magazine Award for her illustration work. She is passionate about working with authors to bring their stories to life through her artwork—a partnership which she believes can create indelible memories for young readers. Her whimsical illustrations have been published in both magazines and books

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

I Used to be a Fairy... a true story told by Granny by Cindy OBrien is a children’s picture book. Chloe loved to spend time with her Granny, they had so much fun together. But Chloe had noticed that, whenever her Granny hugged or kissed her, she sparkled and Chloe guessed that Granny used to be a fairy. So, one day she asked her Granny about it. Fairies are not supposed to reveal their secrets but she can’t lie to Chloe so she tells the truth – yes, she was a fairy but now she’s in human form again because she missed her family. Chloe desperately wants to be a fairy, she wants to fly all over the place but Granny tells her she’s too young. But she lets Chloe into a secret, one that will help her prepare to be a fairy when she’s old enough. Can you guess what that secret is?

I Used to be a Fairy... a true story told by Granny by Cindy OBrien is a wonderful picture storybook for kids and it isn’t just about fairies. This is a clearly written story with nice illustrations to accompany the text, telling Granny’s story about how she used to be a fairy. It is to the point and puts across the message that we reap what we sow – do good things in life and good things will come to you, help others in need before yourself. Perhaps a message for a few adults as well as teaching children! This is a short story that all kids will love, written in language suited to its audience and highly recommended for kids – and adults – of all ages.