The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman

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Welcome to
Nutfolk Wood
population 52

In the country town of Plunkit, where Willa and her mom start anew after her parents' divorce, Willa catches sight of a strange sparkle by the creek and in the old woods. Her older-than-old neighbor, Hazel Wicket, has an amusing story about these surroundings and an imagined family of tiny people that inhabit a tree stump. Willa knows there's no such thing as fairies, but when she spots more and more oddities around her, she can't stop an itchy feeling that there's some certainty to Hazel's curious tales of the Nutfolk.

Barb Bentler Ullman's fine first novel shares a special magic -- behind which hard truth and hidden wisdom await discovery.


About Barb Bentler Ullman

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Barb Bentler Ullman is the author of the highly praised "The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood". She lives with her family?husband Jim, two daughters, and a vicious kitty named Apricot?in a house that her husband built in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. "My daughter Sara once came up with the idea for an American woodland fairy. She was glue-gunning acorns together and calling them ?nut babies.' They resided in pretty places in our woods, living quiet, natural lives. One thing led to another.
Published May 23, 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hazel describes Nutfolk’s fancier clothing as having “a hint of American Indian in the styling,” and the fairies possess a “golden brown complexion with tilted, almond eyes.” Human problems and solutions overwhelm the tenuous fairy lore, despite some sweet imagery and deft characterization.

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Searching for evidence that the Nutfolk exist distracts Willa from her woes and helps solidify new friendships with Hazel and Hazel's young helper, Vincent.

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Each day that Willa spends with Hazel, the elderly woman tells her some of the amusing story about Little Voodoo Creek and the family of good-natured fairies that lives in an old tree stump.

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