Everyone knows fairies love spring flowers and summer sun, but what happens when autumn comes and the days get shorter and colder? Now, Liza Gardner Walsh, (author of Fairy House Handbook and Fairy Garden Handbook), explores the matter in a children’s picture book of rhyming questions. Combined with delightful illustrations by Hazel Mitchell (Imani’s Moon, One Word Pearl, Animally), this whimsical book helps children discover just where fairies go when it snows and offers a subtle lesson about the importance of helping one another.
Both Liza and Hazel happen to live in Maine, a state in the northern U.S. where it snows A LOT! So it’s appropriate that they got together to create a book with a winter theme. Liza is pretty much an expert on fairies and fairy houses. And Hazel is from England where fairies really do exist! Here’s what they have to say on the matter of fairies …
HAZEL: Spring, because I love to gather wildflowers.
What would be your fairy superpower?
HAZEL: I would love to be able to talk to the animals and help them, just like the fairies in the book.
Have you ever seen a fairy?
HAZEL: I think I might have. Once in England in a bluebell wood. They are the most magical woods in the world!
HAZEL: Cinderella. Who doesn’t want a Fairy Godmother? She is the quintessential fairy. And I need new clothes and a carriage.
If you were a fairy and had a fairy pet companion, what would it be?
HAZEL: A squirrel so he would let me use his tail to paint.
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Liza Gardner Walsh has worked as a children’s librarian, pre-school teacher, high-school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator, and she holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Camden, Maine. http://www.lizagardnerwalsh.com
Award-winning illustrator of more than a dozen books, Hazel Mitchell grew up in England, where she attended art college and served in the Royal Navy before moving to the states in 2000. She lives in Detroit, Maine. http://www.hazelmitchell.com