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this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family's archives.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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Review: The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World

User Review  - Inge - Goodreads

More like a 3.5. Requires a reader with a bit of patience. It's a slow starter, but has a very satisfying, cheerful ending. Very well researched and sourced. More here: http:// Read full review

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

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

A quick read (children's nonfiction) that explains how the girls' "fairy" photo, which was something they created for fun, got out of their hands and into the wider world, and how many people in ... Read full review


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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.

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