The Fairy Houses Trilogy
A favorite springtime activity of my grandchildren is to create a fairy garden every year. They love searching my backyard for interesting items to leave for the fairies. Maple seeds, rocks, and acorn caps are favorite items to include. Then we found this marvelous book to add a new dimension to our endeavors.
This pick may seem odd to have among science trade books, but when you see the powerful connection between literature and nature you will understand. As Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is everything.” The Fairy Houses Trilogy is aimed at children ages 4—7, though I think it might interest even older children who love fairies. This volume contains 3 books in one. The first is a story about a little girl learning to build fairy houses. There is a page that explains how to build a fairy house, and the nature “rules.” Suggestions are offered about materials one can find in the various seasons. The second book is about a boy who builds a fairy boat, and the third is about two friends who are separated due to a move, and monarch butterflies. I won’t tell you more! After reading the stories, your children will be inspired to build their own fairy house or boat. Is there a better way to interest a child in nature than by searching for materials for their fairy house in a back yard or on vacation?
Look for The Fairy Houses Trilogy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble . If you go to the publisher’s web page https://www.fairyhouses.com/shop/ , you can order the book, find pictures of fairy houses, access information on contests, and join a club!
Kane, Tracy. The Fairy Houses Trilogy. Lee, New Hampshire: Light Beams Publishing, 2012. Print. ISBN-10: 0970810431 ISBN-13: 978-0970810434.
NGSS: 2-PS1-2. Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. 2-PS1-3. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.