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- Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 27 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455852066
- ISBN-13: 978-1455852062
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From the bottle-green cover showing Elsie dreamily regarding a fairy to the book's creamy pages and art-nouveau lettering, "The Fairy Ring" is as delightful to hold as it is captivating to read.
—The Wall Street Journal
The yearning for the supernatural and the magical to be real seems timeless. In the early years of the twentieth century it was fairies that intrigued, especially those in a handful of photographs made by two girls in England...Losure has written an engaging account of the affair, focusing sympathetically on the two young photographers, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright... Losure provides a straightforward narrative that gives young readers a sense of the girls’ different personalities; the girls’ daily life in WWI Yorkshire; and the type of small events that may well have provoked them to stage the photographs.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
Losure’s elegant and charmingly formal prose makes palpable the girls’ loss of control as their fame spirals ever wider... The photos themselves are included and, like the astonishing true story, they are simultaneously silly and haunting.
—Booklist (starred review)
The book does a lovely job of portraying the youngsters in a well-rounded way; Losure does not shy away from clearly stating that they lied, but also takes time to demonstrate their motivations behind creating (and sustaining) the hoax... The inclusion of the actual photographs and correspondences between the two girls and the two men who wished to prove to the world that fairies exist add depth and reality to the story. This is well-written nonfiction that reads like a novel; former fans and secret believers of fairy stories will thoroughly enjoy this account of how two girls fooled the world.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Losure’s first book for children details the events that led the girls to their fame and adds the personal recollections of those involved from their own later writings. Accompanied by the famous photos, the story is written in an accessible narrative style that includes the attitudes of the time and explains historical items like the use of hatpins and how cameras of the period worked. An intriguing glimpse into a photo-doctoring scandal well before the advent of Photoshop.
The remarkable, true story of a fairy hoax successfully perpetrated by two young girls in the early 1900s offers a fascinating examination of human nature.
Though nonfiction, this well-paced book is presented in narrative form with imagined dialogue. The original Cottingley fairy photographs, some of Elsie’s previously unpublished drawings, letters, and images from family archives round out the book... Despite the years that have passed since the sensation the pictures caused, and the truth coming out, the whimsical story of two young girls who were tired of being teased remains compelling.
Losure explores this historical event in a narrative that reads like a novel, keeping the focus tightly on the experience of young cousins Elsie and, especially, Frances as they move from an in-family bit of mischief to justify outdoor play to a claim that they must increasingly invest in as the stakes become higher and higher.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A remarkably good account of the Cottingley fairies. In a style that's straightforward, elegant, and sympathetic, Ms Losure tells the story as each of the two girls saw it - but this exercise in imagination is based entirely on first-hand sources, and illustrated with high-definition prints of the notorious photographs.
—The Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
Told with a fairy tale's sense of magic, the book at times feels like historical fiction and other times like biography — with actual letters and photographs to supplement the narrative.
—Star Tribune --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mary Losure has worked as a field botanist's assistant, family farmer, and staff reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. A longtime contributor to National Public Radio, she co-founded the independent production company Round Earth Media. The Fairy Ring is her first book for children. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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This is a wonderful little biography, complete with all the "fairy" photographs and others of Frances and Elsie at the time, which tells the story of how the cousins came to be together in England at Cottingly, Yorkshire. When they first saw fairies and how the pictures came to be and how ultimately their worldwide sensation came around. The story focuses mostly on the girls themselves and the story of how they came across the fairies and decided to take pictures to "prove" themselves, is incredibly interesting and takes up a good portion of the book. We get a real feel for the girls and their innocence, even though they created one of the biggest hoaxes of the early twentieth century that fooled such eminent figures as Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle.
One gets a sense for a lonely Frances, moved from bustling South Africa to dreary England to wait while her father volunteers to fight in the Great War. Did she really see fairies and gnomes or was it just the daydreams of a lonely little girl? One also senses Elsie's otherwise mundane life as a young school-leaver, working in a factory, trying to protect her young cousin and coming up with what at first seems an innocent ploy to stop the grown-ups pestering them. Little did they know the world they lived in was chock full of spiritualism and the existence of fairies and other little people were on the minds of many such spiritualists of the day. Once their pictures are seen outside the family, a flood of interest descends upon them which they cannot stop. The two girls, turn into women and their frolic with fairies will forever haunt them.
I'd love to read Frances' autobiography in which she does continue to affirm that she did see some fairies in the beck behind her cousin's house but it is unfortunately not in print at this time. The story is very compelling to me though, that I've decided to go a step further and have purchased the Kindle edition of Doyle's 1922 study entitled "The Coming of the Fairies".
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I found it rather startling to realize that Frances really seemed to believe she had seen fairies on numerous occasions. And that others spent so much time and effort trying to prove that fairies existed, Mr. Gardner and Arthur Conan Doyle for example. I guess that shouldn't be so surprising in that we have people today doing the same thing with ghosts, Bigfoot, and other such creatures. I have to wonder though how much of it was honest belief and how much was a wish to believe in such things. Either way, Frances did seem to believe that fairies existed and that she had seen some, despite the fact that the fairies in the photographs were paper cutouts made by Elsie.
The third thing that I found surprising was how real looking the fairies in the photographs are. Elsie was clearly a talented artist and put a lot of effort into creating them. And the fact that the two young girls created such clear and well-done photos in only a couple of shots is definitely intriguing. A fascinating story about the power of belief and the trouble that a lie can cause, I can recommend this one with ease.