ELVES, FAIRIES & GNOMES by Lee Bennett--Ed. Hopkins


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When the first baby/ laughed for the first time,/ his laugh broke into a million pieces,/ and they all went skipping about./ That was the beginning/ of fairies."" Children who can swallow the J. M. Barrie fancy that opens this wispy collection may or may not gag on the rest of the stale, saccharin-loaded goop. But there's no reason why they should be fed such stuff as the ""Anonymous"" musings about sailing off on a leaf to Fairyland. . . or May Justus' description of a fairy house with its "". . . hammock made of spider lace. . . swinging to and fro/ To rock the fairy babies in at sleepy time, you know"". . . or Barbara Hales' ungrammatical request that the rain drops ""leave the fairies be"". . . or Rachel Field's inventory of the buckles and buttons and pockets acquired during ""The Seven Ages of Elfhood."" If this is the alternative, bring on Big Bird and Miss Piggy.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Knopf