The ABC Field Guide to Faeries

Inspiring reminders of respect for ourselves, each other and the environment

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
58 Pages
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Author Biography

After being in a wide varitey of work settings, Susanne had some life-changing wake-up calls occur. These events inspired her to take a total leap of faith, leave her corporate career and start her own company called Motivated by Nature. The mission of her company is to encourage respect for self, others and the environment. Susanne is now an Award-Winning Children's Author, Publisher, Motivational Speaker and FUNdraiser. She occasionally dresses as Susanne, The Sunshine Faery from the letter "S" in her Award-Winning book, The ABC Field Guide to Faeries, to help spread its messages.

Susanne is deeply grateful to her magical art designer, Chantal Gabriell from SeaShine Design, who helped to make each and every faery come to life on the page.

The ABC Field Guide to Faeries was dedicated in loving memory of a courageous 12-year-old girl named Sarah Lisa Foidart who lost her life to a very rare brain tumour. Sarah touched Susanne's heart in such a way that forever changed the course of her destiny. Sarah motivated her to create this book about "Nature's Angels" which in turn helps to delight and inspire children of all ages. Sarah's spirit does indeed live on.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

The book has been inspired by and in memory of 12-year old Sarah Lisa Foidart, who lost her battle with a rare brain tumor. "The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" is a fun alphabetical tour of life lessons and the faeries who are behind them. Teaching respect to nature and humanity, each page designed on a message for every person. Enhanced with breathtaking illustrations, each faerie is given their own personality and face. Young and old alike will enjoy this fun book that teaches responsibility and respect for those around them.

The pairing of the author and the illustrator is as good a match as really great peanut butter and chocolate. The writing is sing song and easy to follow. The artwork is spectacular and on the spot with each faerie theme. I like the way the illustrator catches the eye of the readers, drawing them in enough to make them want to find out what it is all about. The writer has me looking around as I walk through nature, wondering which faerie is responsible for the things I see! Superb imagination by both artists indeed! The illustrations are breathtaking! I found myself lingering at each page so that I could see every single detail and match it with the wonderful message. Each faerie is individual, and their mission true and fair. I could almost hear the sound of their voices as I perused the pages.

Kristie I.

"The ABC Field Guide to Faeries," written by Susanne Alexander-Heaton and illustrated by Chantel T. Gabriell, is a book filled with beautiful artwork and timeless lessons for both children and adults. There are two pages devoted to each letter of the alphabet. On one page there is a name of the faery corresponding to the letter along with a poem giving a brief description of the faery. Then there is a little lesson that is shared by each of the faeries. The lessons include reminders to live life to the fullest as we have only a short time here on earth, reminders to treat nature with respect and lessons about interacting with others.

This book is a must-have book for every family! Not only will children love going through the book page by page taking in all the details in each of the illustrations, but it is also a great book to read together as parent and child. As it is written in rhyme, the book flows nicely and will hold a child's attention. There are few words on each page, which is perfect for children and this also will encourage further discussion. Each lesson is a great way to start a conversation with children pertaining to that lesson. This is a great way to introduce children to these lessons and teach them to live life to the fullest. I would love to see this author and illustrator collaborate on other projects in the future!

Joy H.

“The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" introduces the reader to faeries by their names as it goes through the entire alphabet. There are faeries for each letter of the alphabet, and some of the letters have two faeries. Here are some examples to help you see what is here:
B is for Buzzalina. Buzzalina is called Buzzy by all of her friends
as she loves to have fun and easily blends. Between practical jokes and dozens of smiles, Buzzy’s laughter rings out for miles and miles. Whether it be in the sun, the rain, or the snow, You should always have fun wherever you go. Also you will find a saying from each, for example as Hillaria lovingly says:

Don’t lose the ability to laugh and to play,
Learn to laugh like me more than ten times a day.
Have you taken the time to laugh at all today?
If not, please do and you’ll feel better right away.

This is just a small taste of what you will find in “The ABC Field Guide to Faeries.” Including a little of what is in the book gives you a better feel of what you will be getting from this beautiful book. Each page of this book on the faeries has a picture of a child surrounded by beautiful pictures. This is a unique and beautiful way to teach the alphabet to children. It is written in rhyme and it flows nicely and is easily understood by small children. And the illustrations are absolutely adorable. The colors are awesome, and the pictures tell stories all in themselves. Susanne Alexander-Heaton is truly a gifted storyteller and you will be amazed when you read her ABC book for children.

Brenda C.

I am often drawn to a book by its cover and the beautiful cover of "The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" immediately pulled me into this story. But it was the wonderful message of preserving our environment that made me recommend it to friends and family alike, whether they have children or not. What child's imagination isn't captured by faeries? Susanne Alexander-Heaton takes each letter of the alphabet and introduces us to a faery whose name begins with that letter of the alphabet. Each faery has a positive message associated with who they are, from Avriel and Ataija, two faery sisters who teach the importance of balance, to Zoryana who can be found among the plants, and reminds us that plants are necessary for a healthy environment. The messages will encourage and remind us just how important respecting nature really is.

Beautiful artwork together with rhyming prose allows this book to flow very well. I read this book on my Kindle Fire and was just stunned at the beauty of each page. A book that certainly put a smile on my face and I believe that it will do the same with any reader. It is not only a great book to introduce your child to the alphabet but perfect for teaching them how to take care of the planet around them. Though I think this book is perfect for children I think young and old alike will enjoy it. I think this book would also make a wonderful, but thoughtful gift.

Stephanie D.

"The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" by Susanne Alexander-Heaton with artwork by Chantal T Gabriell is stunning. Simply stunning. Inspired by, and dedicated to, twelve-year-old Sarah Lisa Foidart, this is exactly the sort of book children will love, boys as well as girls, as there are plenty of boy faeries in the collection. We are presented with twenty-six very modern faeries. There is a short poem about each one of them followed by their own messages in verse to us. Accompanying each faerie is the most sumptuous photo-based artwork you could hope for with some of the cutest faeries imaginable! The pictures are relevant, imaginative and innovative. They take your breath away. The poems are sweet, succinct and modern. Passionella loves to hang glide, Michael skateboards and Camilio goes canoeing and shouts “woo-hoo”. No starchy, godmothery faeries in this book!

There is a positive, relevant message in the pages of this beautiful book. The faeries, often regarded as nature’s angels as the author tells us, inspire us to respect the environment, each other, and perhaps, most importantly, ourselves. The advice we are given includes “...dance with your heart full of love,” “Have you taken the time to laugh today?”, “Pick up any garbage you happen to see,” and “Take positive action...” The valuable messages together with the bright, lively pictures are so effective that you can’t help but be motivated. This is indeed a book of love, light and enlightenment. It is truly wonderful and full of wonder.

Lee Ashford

The heart-warming book “The ABC Field Guide to Faeries” was written by Susanne Alexander-Heaton and illustrated by Chantal T. Gabriell. Basically, this book uses Faeries, rhymes, and pretty colors to help children learn the alphabet. More than that, it is a wonderful experience to be shared, using clever poetry attributed to each alphabetically-named Faery, to teach basic principles of respect for the Earth. Along the way, they will also learn the alphabet. It is lusciously illustrated with both photographs and magnificent painting. The colors are brilliant, maintaining the child’s interest, while the verse is simple but meaningful, cleverly inserting instruction within a matrix of Faery-speak. What child could resist having this read to them? Seriously, this may be one of the finest children’s books I have ever seen.

When I acquire books to read and review, I try to read them in the order I receive them. However, as soon as I saw this cover I was hooked. I could not put this book away for later review. I was awed by the illustrations, and found the poetic text pleasant and entertaining. The “Faery-speak” uses simple rhyme, to entertain the child being read to. After every few pages the Faeries would admonish the children that people should not throw trash on the ground, or put anything in the water they wouldn’t put in their mouths. There were no attempts to nudge children toward a controversial viewpoint. It contains just plain, simple, common-sense realities that every child should learn in order to have proper respect for the planet on which we all live.