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The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • MP3 CD
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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.
—Publishers Weekly

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.
—Kirkus Reviews

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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