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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite
In Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, written by D.L. Finn, on a camping trip with his parents, the narrator, Daniel Burns, follows what he thinks is his sleepwalking nine-year-old sister, Colette, into the woods, only to find that she believes she has been called by the fairies. Much to his surprise, they then encounter one called Sequiella, who declares that her fairy clan has been living in the forest and communicating with its trees for thousands of years. She informs him that he must help his mother, who is an author, write a story about them, which will save many forests across the world. Sequiella also wants to encourage them to urge their parents to buy land there, or else the forest will be destroyed. The point of view then switches to the adult Daniel, who keeps his children regaled with stories of his and Colette’s encounters with the fairies, then taking his family back to meet them, and to listen to what they have to say.
D.L. Finn’s Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories is primarily intended as a children’s fantasy for middle graders, but could be read and appreciated by older children and adults, too, as the author wishes all adults to “embrace their inner child.” Her love for the natural environment is obvious throughout the book, with her finding such environs inspiring and compelling. Anyone who loves the outdoors should readily find affinity with Tree Fairies and Their Short Stories, even if they are not usually prone to indulge themselves (and others) in fantasy reading. The essential message is clear―mankind’s well-being as a whole is clearly tied in with an appreciation of nature and other forms of life (fairy or otherwise!). D.L. Finn has written a pantheon of books, including the Evildwel/Angel Series, Companion Evildwel/Angel Stories, two volumes of poetry, and numerous other children’s works, all of which are well worth reading.