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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Fairies of Frost is a wonderful journey through winter told in lilting rhyme by Hayley Nystrom with beautiful illustrations by Alexandra Bulankina. As autumn comes to an end, the winter sprites come out to play. With names like Powder, Slush, Twizzle, Shimmer, Toasty, Ginger, Banquet, Melody, and Hush, the fairies enjoy the weather, traditional food, and sounds of the winter season. Hallel, Myrrh, and Mazao incorporate Jewish and Christian holiday symbology before Hourglass greets the new year. Lady Solstice watches over all the fairies as they sing, eat, and “have a ball” before wishing the reader a happy winter. Each fairy is depicted in a color palette and style reminiscent of “old world” fairy tales but seeming to sparkle on the page. The smiling and happy fairies are portrayed as both male and female and reflect varied ethnicities, making them relatable to all children.
The Fairies of Frost is a perfect picture book for young children. Though it could be read at any time of the year to provide anticipation for the winter season ahead, it’s certainly a perfect book for cuddling up with a young child when the weather is bleak and dark outside. Nystrom’s rhymes and Bulankina’s illustrations bring the fun aspects of winter alive on every page, from sledding and playing in the snow, to drinking cocoa in front of a fire, enjoying cookies and treats, having a family feast, celebrating the holidays, enjoying the seasonal music as well as the silence of a winter landscape, and finally welcoming the new year. I can’t say which of the fairies is my favorite; they’re all so sweet and happy. I think I'll take all of them.