The Fairy Ring, Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World

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Candlewick Press, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 184 pages
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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this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family's archives.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.

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I admit I found the premise of this book fascinating. - Goodreads
I was even more troubled by the layout. - Goodreads
Very well researched and sourced. - Goodreads
It was interesting to see the pictures in question. - Goodreads
Photography was the new technology of 1917. - Goodreads

Review: The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World

User Review  - Christiane - Goodreads

Loved this account of the two young girls in Cottingley, England who took pictures of fairies. Cousins Elsie and Frances saw fairies, but when no one believed them, they set out to prove it by taking ... Read full review

Review: The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World

User Review  - Ann Keller - Goodreads

Heartwarming story about two girls in war torn England, who concoct a fantastic hoax when they claim to see fairies in the woods near their home. In reality, the fairies are merely cleverly drawn and ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

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.

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