The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure
Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World

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The enchanting true story of a girl who saw fairies, and another with a gift for art, who concocted a story to stay out of trouble and ended up fooling the world. Frances was nine when she first saw the fairies. They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, so her cousin Elsie painted paper fairies and took photographs of them "dancing" around Frances to make the grown-ups stop teasing. The girls promised each other they would never, ever tell that the photos weren't real. But how were Frances and Elsie supposed to know that their photographs would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? And who would have dreamed that the man who created the famous detective Sherlock Holmes believed ardently in fairies- and wanted very much to see one? Mary Losure presents this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family's archives. A delight for everyone with a fondness for fairies, and for anyone who has ever started something that spun out of control.

About Mary Losure

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Mary Losure has worked as a field botanist's assistant, family farmer, and staff reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. A longtime contributor to National Public Radio, she co-founded the independent production company Round Earth Media. The Fairy Ring is her first book for children. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Published March 27, 2012 by Candlewick. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books.

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cousins Frances, 9, and Elsie, 15, took pictures of cutout paper fairies in order to get their families to stop teasing Frances, who claimed to have seen real ones in the woods behind their house.

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In 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published photographs in the widely read Strand magazine that he believed proved the existence of fairies.

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“Mary Losure has done a fine job of researching and writing this true story for young readers. Those who believe that children can sometimes see things that adults cannot may well feel that Frances saw fairies . . . The Fairy Ring is an engaging story of two young ladies who, for a brief time, ma...

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The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, Illustrated by John Rocco.

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The day I sat down to read it, I planned to read just one chapter but instead I finished the whole book in one sitting, easy to do since the book is under 200 pages and is on the petite side.

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