The Only Lonely Fairy

 
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The Only Lonely Fairy
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Peggy Collins
Publisher Name
Pajama Press
Age Range
4+
Release Date
March 05, 2024
ISBN13
978-1772783025
ISBN10 or ASIN
      
Make-believe + melodrama = comedy as one dramatic little girl learns the new skill of finding a friend
Leah is looking for a friend to play fairies. But when her invitation fails to sway her classmates, Leah is left all…ALONE.

Poor Lonely Leah! Will she always be the only one standing alone in line? The only one reading fairy tales in the book corner? The AGONY of her SUFFERING is so overpowering that she almost misses the quiet voice trying to get her attention…

From the creators of Percy’s Perfect Friend comes an entertaining new journey into social-emotional growth. Author Lana Button is an early childhood educator who has seen firsthand the struggles many kids experience learning to navigate social situations and conflict—especially if pandemic lockdowns were part of their early lives. In The Only Lonely Fairy, she tells a relatable story of someone trying to make friends and missing the mark, while Peggy Collins brings lively humor to the illustrations, letting readers know what Leah doesn’t yet: that she isn’t alone after all.

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cute story about making friends
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
THE ONLY LONELY FAIRY is a cute picture book about friendship and finding your people. Leah wants to play fairies, but it seems like no one else is interested. However, she doesn't notice that Allie shyly wants to play too. With some dramatic flair, Leah bemoans the fact that she is all alone - until Allie gets the courage to approach her and let her know that she would like to play fairies too. As they play and have a lot of fun, they soon find another friend who wants to play fairies!

What I loved: This is a cute story about making friends and finding your people. It was so fun that Leah found not only Allie but also another friend to be a fairy, leading to plenty of joy. The story backmatter also gives some information on how parents/caregivers can help encourage their little ones to reach out to potential new friends and play. The illustrations were cute with very expressive children and great diversity amongst classmates. Leah is quite dramatic, which can be silly in places, and children will realize before she does that she has a friend waiting in the background, which is engaging for young readers.

The font is large and very clear throughout, making it very easy to read aloud. This will work very well for the preschool aged audience, who may be working on their friend-making skills and will understand the feeling of wanting to play but not finding the right people yet. This is simple but works well for this age group.

Final verdict: THE ONLY LONELY FAIRY is a cute story about making friends and finding new playmates that will work well for toddlers and preschoolers.
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Perfect for School Age Children
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4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Leah loves to pretend to be a fairy, but doesn't know anybody else who likes it. All her other classmates turn away when she wants to play fairies so she's left all alone. Being alone makes her sad and all she wants is a friend. But when Leah looks a bit harder, she discovers there are others who like pretending to be fairies as much as she does.

THE ONLY LONELY FAIRY is a story about friendship that perfectly portrays a realistic version of a young girl with the drama and everything. The illustrations are soft and cutesy. In the back of the book, the author gives some advice on how parents can help their children make friends. It's easy to feel overwhelmed in a class full of students, so it's nice to show them they aren't alone in the endeavors to find friendship.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this to school age children who are nervous about making friends. This can show them that sometimes you have to look at everyone before finding that person instead of giving up. The overall message is uplifting and I like the author's note in the back too.
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