For those who are still fairy-and once-upon-a-time-minded, this story of young Perdita who lived in Elizabe than England and whose wish, when the Pharisees (fairies) gave her one on her birthday, was to see and touch the Queen. Before her wish comes true, she finds a friend in Adam who shows her the magic of Golden Samarakand, goes to a fair, has Christmas, visits a ship, so that throughout the England of those days is displayed for an inquiring reader. When it is confirmed that Elizabeth is to pass through Perdita waits her chance -- and is laid low with red spots; But Adam is brave enough to venture into the Queen's presence, and gets a Royal Command for Perdita to appear at the ball later. And there is a private audience with the dreamed-of ruler, who finishes off the dream by giving her a favor. There's lots of detail here, of customs, clothing, houses, speech, education, etc., and the story is unhurried in its progress. Not for the action-minded child for the more serious reader, rather.