I am looking for a children’s book that was a favorite of mine at my grandma’s house growing up. I’ve been searching for years trying to find what the name of this book was, with no luck. Despite it being fairies, and involving colours, it’s not Andrew Lang. This is what I remember of it:
It was a hardbound book, blue or green cover, with embossed printing. So probably published prior to 1950s
The story revolved around a little girl who wasn’t very nice, so she is visited by a fairy who’s name is similar to “tintinnabulum” (I remember that very distinctly). This fairy caused a word to appear on the girl’s forehead (possibly the word KIND) that only the girl and the fairies could see; if the girl acted kindly, the word would fade with each kind act, for each unkind act it would grow darker.
The girl was then put in a hall with seven doors, one for each color of the rainbow- she needed to travel through each fairy realm, do deeds that would remove the word on her forehead, and find the door back to the hall. Each of the realms had something to do with the color of the door (Like, the light blue door’s realm was in the sky, and the dark blue was under water).
Eventually she goes through all the doors, the word is gone, and she gets to go back home.
A large (10” x 12”?) hardback book of fairy poems. I received this book as a a gift in the late 1950s. There is a poem, “Ring Around the Moon” inside, and a large illustration either on the cover or inside of a tree with fairies. It is illustrated throughout with fairies in magical landscapes.
I am looking for a children’s book that I used to read in the late 1980’s – early 1990’s that includes multiple short stories. I remember that there was a short story near the end of the book that involved fairies and the aurora borealis. There was a fairy for every color and one dark/black fairy that would try to story the colors. Every night the color fairies would form the aurora borealis and the dark fairy would try to stop them. The story ends by saying that this repeats every night. The main focus was on the aurora borealis. Unfortunately, this is all that I remember. I do remember that the illustrations were very colorful.
I appreciate any information you might have!
I read this book in the early 1990s, but have no idea when it was published. The details I remember are that there is a girl who is for some reason befriended by fairies. She shrinks down and goes to visit them. Maybe she’s going to become their queen or something? For some reason she ends up with this necklace made of thorns that she can’t take off. The only other thing I remember is that the fairies would feed her nectar from a flower.
I read the book around 1978-1983. It was a fantasy with a child who stayed with family and went into the woods and found a passage to a fantasy world of fairies which she ended up traveling to. The book had a title that was a play on Maestro or some other musical name. The cover of the book was brownish red with the face of one of the fairies. The face was very large and very round(side-wise oval) and with a very wide mouth. I was between 9-12 yo when I read it but this is what I remember.
I’m looking for a children’s book that was available around 1990 (not sure if that is the publication date or not). The story details I can remember are that a girl is either kidnapped or befriended by a fairy, and her mother tries to get her back. When the mother finds the daughter, she is told she has to hold on to her no matter what. The fairy then turns the daughter into different things trying to get the mother to let go (snakes, thorns, and finally hot iron). As the mom holds on to the hot-iron version of the daughter, the metal melts and turns back into the actual girl and they can leave together.
The version of this book that I remember had gorgeous illustrations in sort of an art-nouveau/greek style. Very detailed and beautiful. Thank you for the help in identifying the title/author!
There was a book that I always took out of my elementary school library between 1975 and 1978. Although I do not have the title, what I recall is as follows:
The book is about witches and fairies. The little witch in the story never felt right with the other witches, they were mean. I think she used to see the fairies and wish she was one of them. The middle gets fuzzy but towards the end she discovers that when she was a baby she was caught in the witches web and that’s how she came to be with them. But she was really a fairy and was returned to them.
I know this is not much but at 47 years old I cannot put this story out of my mind. I have always been an avid reader and hope to find this book. It will haunt me otherwise.
A chapter book (possibly), with green binding, printed pre-1950s I’d say. Suitable for the 8-12 group, I think. It’s about a girl who is home (possibly sick), and goes outside. The garden is described beautifully with winding stone or brick pathways, and as she walks down them, she finds fairies among the plantings.
Physically, it was dark blue or dark green (dust jacket was long lost). I read the book in the 70s, but it was much older. I would guess it was published in the 30s or 40s. It had simple black and white illustrations.
There was one story (whose name I can’t remember) about two children — a brother and sister who are in the woods. They come to a tree stump with a strange knot on it. When they sit on the stump and touch the knot, they fall into an underground world. There, they are tormented by scary monsters. They … do … something (sing a song about being brave, maybe) and the monsters turn into fairies. It turns out that they were fairies all along, and had been cursed to be monsters until someone did that thing. One of the monsters looked like a giant carrot.
I am looking for a childhood book my mother read to me around 1954 when we lived in Virginia. It was about fairies and lavishly illustrated. My favorite was the center fold illustration of fairies in the forest dancing under a moon that had a gauzy ring around it. It was not Golder Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies by Garth Williams. Any ideas?