Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine Valente

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girl who circumnavigated fairylandThis book is the first in a series.

September’s life is dull. Every day she plays with the same dog, drinks from the same tea set, and waits for her mother to come home from the same airplane factory. However, her life changes when the Green Wind flies by her window on his leopard and zips her off to Fairyland.

There, September makes the acquaintance of several species of fairy folk. Unfortunately, Fairyland is in strife: a very rude young Marquess has taken control of the kingdom, and although all September wanted to do was have fun, instead she finds herself on a journey to rescue her new friends and repair Fairyland.

This is, admittedly, a children’s book most likely geared toward readers in grades seven through ten, but it can be enjoyed by all ages. The fairy tale setting removes this story from the everyday drudgeries and dramas that children face, making it more palatable for adult readers and offering a fantasy escape for younger ones. However, it is the primal nature of September’s triumphs and sorrows that will resonate with anyone who has suddenly been asked to make decisions on their own, which makes reading this book truly satisfying.

Check the PPLC Catalog for The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making.

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