Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham
(Kate Greenaway Medal (Awards))

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From the creator of MAX—a PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book—comes a whimsical reminder that a family of fairies can be found in the unlikeliest of places, if you have the time to look

Annabelle’s dad has little time for fairies, which he assures her she won’t find in the cement and the weeds of their urban backyard. But Annabelle has lots of time, so she keeps looking - even under her baby brother, Sam. And one day she finds what she’s looking for: a thumb-sized fairy child named Jethro Byrd, whose family has made an awkward landing in a tiny ice cream truck among some discarded bottles and cans. What a wonderful chance to invite all the Byrds for tea with Mommy and Daddy! But why, Annabelle wonders - as the fairies fiddle and sing and dance and whistle away among the cake crumbs - are she and Sam the only ones who can see them?

Bob Graham is back, as magical as ever, with a wry tale about the rewards of paying attention - and the marvelous discoveries to be made by seeing the world through the wide-open eyes of a child.
 

About Bob Graham

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Bob Graham is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including MAX, an acclaimed story about a family of superheroes who can fly. About JETHRO BYRD, FAIRY CHILD, he says, "I’m surprised to find another flying family in my books, this time a family of fairies. I don’t see fairies too often these days, certainly not during working hours. To see fairies you need time to spare, time to think about not too much at all."
 
Published June 1, 2002 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The parents earnestly pretend to see the Byrds, but, as one fairy tells Annabelle, grown-ups "[don't] have time for fairies."

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