The Fairy Rebel Paperback – 27 July 1988
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- ISBN-10 : 9780006732204
- ISBN-13 : 978-0006732204
- Paperback : 128 pages
- Product Dimensions : 11.1 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins - GB; (Reissue) edition (27 July 1988)
- Reading level : 7 - 9 years
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0006732208
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Fairies are supposed to love their Queen and obey her every rule. That is, until they decide to do otherwise!
When Tiki, the fairy, meets Jan, she's the first grown-up she's ever spoken to and when she sees that she's unhappy, she knows just how to magic up a solution…
But the Fairy Queen is all-powerful, and Jan discovers that Tiki is being cruelly punished for being so naughty. How can she free her fairy rebel from the wicked powers of the Tyrant Queen?
From the world-famous author of 'The Indian in the Cupboard'
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There are a few themes that I'd want to know before my kids read the book.
1) There is a consistent narrative about body image. Both the human main characters (mom & daughter) and the good fairy are described as chubby. They are also considered attractive, but the book doesn't just mention that they are a little overweight- it comes back and back to that in a way that I wish it didn't. The attention to the body image detracts from the idea that overweight heroines are in fact beautiful.
2) The evil fairy is really, really evil. She assassinates other fairies by trapping them in wasp nests and letting them be stung to death by wasps. She mind controls the entire fairy kingdom. She gives an evil necklace to the human girl that compels her to do evil things- like shoplift, be unkind to her parents and friends, and ultimately nearly suffocate under a pile of toys.
3) The mother in the book is in a deep depression because she cannot have children. At the beginning of the book, she isn't leaving the house or seeing friends or really doing anything because she is consumed by the sadness of her infertility. Then a fairy gives her a fairy pregnancy and a fairy baby. All consistent with old school fairy tales, but something I'd want to know!
I hope this is helpful to parents considering this book!