Posts Tagged ‘fairy tale’
Some books just feel timeless. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of those books. It could have been written during World War II (the same time period it’s set), although it was published in 2011. The language has a classic, poetic feel and the story is timeless.
Twelve-year old September is bored with her life in Omaha. Her mother works long hours for the war effort, and her father is abroad, serving his country. The Green Wind offers to take September on an adventure, and they head to Fairyland. Luckily September has the tools to save Fairyland.
September is a strong character, and the friends she makes add to the story. She faces real problems and has to find courage within herself. This is a great novel for children and young-at-heart readers who enjoy fairy tales, fantasy, and whimsical writing.
Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Source: Purchased an e-version
Read: March 2012
Aza spends most of her life trying to hide her face from guests at her parents’ inn. She might not be the fairest girl in Ayortha, but she has the most beautiful singing voice. Aza also have a few unique talents. She can mimic other voices and sounds. She’s also able to illuse, or make her voice sound like it’s coming from elsewhere. No one else can do this.
Of course, these skills are taken advantage of in this loose retelling of Snow White. When Aza unexpectedly finds herself at the marriage of the king, and falls prey to the insecure new queen, will she be able to save herself and her future?
Fairest is an enjoyable read set in a fun, fairy-tale land. Some of the small details (“Oochoo answers to ‘her royal highhoundness’”) are great, and the larger world within the book is as enjoyable. The overall message, in which Aza learned to accept her strengths and weaknesses, and engage with the world bravely, is important. Aza is beautiful inside, and finds her place in the world with people who respect her mind, character, and singing voice.
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Source: Public Library
Read: April 2011