Marky the MAGNIFICENT Fairy

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2022
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Author Biography

A Disability Story of Courage, Kindness, and Acceptance.
Marky the Magnificent Fairy is written with the intent of eliciting back and forth discussions with children at home or in the classroom. I had many conversations with both children and adults while creating this book. I am grateful that they were kind enough to share with me their personal stories of bullying, fear, anxiety, insecurities, and handicaps both visible and invisible. The stories were wide-ranging – however the lasting after effect was the same. But they also shared the kindness shown to them along the way of help, encouragement, support, and love. These were the most profound, healing, and precious memories long held on to. The book includes a Resource Guide at the end provided by a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist and has been Endorsed.
This book is about diversity, inclusion, bullying, disabilities, kindness, believing in yourself, self-love, confidence, acceptance, positivity, and compassion. No matter what age you are.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite

Children should learn about diversity from the time they first begin to socialize. At some point, they will either meet people with disabilities, or they may feel different from other children. Parents must explain the subject to them as simply as possible. Marky the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien will teach children about empathy and enable parents to discuss diversity with their children. The story concerns a fairy named Marky. Unlike her friends, she cannot fly because one of her wings is too small. However, she loves her wings and knows they are beautiful just the way they are. Some forest creatures tease her about her small wing and her appearance. But Marky begins to talk to them about her qualities and dreams. She also describes how her friends are different and are just as magnificent as she is.

It is often difficult to explain disabilities to children and answer their questions. I liked this story because it is perfect for children to learn how to relate to the world. Marky the Magnificent Fairy is focused on promoting equality and kindness. Cynthia Kern OBrien uses simple language to help children understand differences and disabilities more readily. She also includes questions to promote discussion and reflect on children's behavior in relation to others and how to get them to accept themselves. Parents are also catered for with a guide at the end of the book that will give adults ideas on how to teach their children about people with disabilities. This book will help many children to believe in themselves and to treat others equally.

Joe Wisinski

Marky the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien is about a woodland fairy with one wing that’s smaller than the other, making her unable to fly. She also has red hair and freckles and wears glasses. As a result, the other creatures make fun of her. But she has big goals and dreams. She also has friends who have, in the book’s words, “exceptional qualities.” Her friends learn from Marky that everyone is “magnificent” and everyone has hopes and dreams too. The book includes discussion questions at the end, such as asking readers if they have been teased and how that made them feel, and conversely asking if they have ever made fun of someone else and how that makes them feel now. There’s also a resource guide for talking to children about those with disabilities. The book is illustrated by Jeff Yesh.

Marky the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien is a charming book for children. But more importantly, it carries a powerful message about acceptance and respecting others. It also teaches a wonderful lesson about having hopes and dreams The author never comes across as “preachy,” but sends her important messages through an entertaining tale. OBrien doesn’t say what ages she intends the book for, but children in the lower elementary grades would be able to read it and younger children would enjoy having it read to them. The illustrations by Jeff Yesh are beautiful and fit the story perfectly. Parents will find the resource guide to be invaluable. I recommend this book to children, their parents, and their grandparents.

Jamie Michele

Marky the Magnificent Fairy, written by Cynthia Kern OBrien and illustrated by Jeff Yesh, is a children's picture book that revolves around a little woodland fairy named Marky who is different from the other fairies. Marky's primary difference is that she has one wing that is significantly smaller than the other, and as a result, she is unable to fly. The woodland creatures also question and make fun of some of Marky's other unusual physical features, such as her red hair, her freckles, and her glasses. Marky's feelings are momentarily hurt but as she is fearless, she takes the creatures to task and points out the things they all have in common.

Marky the Magnificent Fairy does well in its representation of a fairy that does not conform to what the small group of woodland creatures thinks is normal. One element that stood out positively for me is that Marky's red hair, glasses, and freckles are not the sole feature picked on as different by the creatures. In a lot of children's books, these arguments are often put forward as compared to those like the fairy Nixie, who Cynthia Kern OBrien describes as deaf. Marky has a feature that requires her to find different ways to complete her tasks, whereas her looks would have nothing to do with this. One issue that I found troubling is the fairy named Fancy, who is depicted as black and described as being 'loud'. That aside, the message is presented with wholesome, good intent. The illustrations by Jeff Yess are exceptional and do a beautiful job of breathing life into the story. The use of a bold primary palette softened with watercolor-style pastels is absolute perfection. Recommended.

K.C. Finn

Marky The Magnificent Fairy is a work of fiction in the children's fantasy and adventure subgenres. It is intended for young readers aged around five to ten years and was penned by author Cynthia Kern OBrien with charming and lively illustrations provided by artist Jeff Yesh. In this bubbly and vivacious tale, we meet our protagonist Marky, who is often picked on because of her appearance and her glasses. But Marky is a plucky sort that’s able to pick herself up and ignore the ideas that other people have about her, forging new friendships and moving forward with confidence and love for everyone she meets.

This is a work that does an effortless job of elegantly teaching youngsters how to rise above criticism and not be defined by the way that others see them. Author Cynthia Kern Obrien delivers a variety of authentic and enjoyable characters, not all of whom are very nice to Marky at the start, but she shows how everyone has room to grow when they’re treated with love and respect, and that’s such a wonderful message for children and their caregivers and/or teachers to share. On top of this, the vibrant illustrations by artist Jeff Yesh bring the story to life in a gorgeously understated color palette that marries together a fairy world setting and the realism of kids in the playground playing dress-up really well. Overall, I would say that Marky The Magnificent Fairy is an adorable story for any youngster that may feel like an outsider, and an important book to teach love, acceptance, and confidence to all young minds and hearts.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Marky the Magnificent Fairy is a children’s book by Cynthia Kern OBrien. Marky is a woodland fairy who enjoys playing with her friends and watching fireflies before she falls asleep. One day, Marky’s feelings were hurt when some woodland creatures make fun of her glasses, freckles, and one smaller wing. Unlike most of her other fairy friends, she can’t fly, but she lists her “magnificent” abilities, causing the creatures who teased her to rethink their actions. The chastised woodland creatures ask to be Marky’s friend, and she accepts their request. The book ends with information about children with disabilities and it contains text parents can reference when they speak to their children about those with differences.

Cynthia Kern OBrien has written a gem. Marky’s character is loveable and relatable, and the situation could have practical applications as children try to cope with bullying peers. Other children and their disabilities are also mentioned, illustrating their similarities and differences. The vibrant pictures delight the reader’s eyes and depict the characters with beautiful detail. When the story ends, the author enlists the help of Michael Cope, CPO to help explain the best way to include children with disabilities. In addition, the guided questions assist caregivers and educators as they relate the story’s message through discussion. Marky the Magnificent Fairy would be well-received in a public or school library, and the book would make a suitable addition to any child’s bookcase.

Jennifer Ibiam

Marky was a magnificent woodland fairy that loved to play during the day and watch fireflies dance over her head at night. However, as a fairy, she could not fly like her counterparts because one of her wings was tiny. The tiny wing made her look different from the other fairies, but she loved it anyway. Marky believed her little wing was beautiful. She also had other gifts. She could dance, draw, sing, and do many things except fly. Unfortunately, other woodland creatures bullied Marky. They taunted her about her red hair, freckles, tiny wing, and spectacles. Yet, Marky was fearless, had healthy self-esteem, and did not let anyone put her down. Will the woodland creatures understand individual uniqueness? Read Marky the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien for more details.

Marky, the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien is a fun and educative book for children. This picture book is great for kindergartners and nursery school pupils because it is a three-way interactive story. The message addresses the bully, the bullied, and the teacher/parent on how to treat others, fight back and discuss. It also discusses the insecurities and anxiety of every child, reminding them of their uniqueness. Jeff Yesh illustrated this book to perfection. A child could grasp the story without reading a word because the images were explanatory. I loved the play of colors, font, and text. The questions at the end of the story will also engage the child and help them voice their thoughts. And if you have difficulty discussing disabilities as a parent/or teacher, this book is a guide for you. Great job, Cynthia!