Child of Faerie, Child of Earth is my favorite autumn story for children. Jane Yolen’s enchanting poetry and Jane Dyer’s radiant watercolors weave a spellbinding tale of friendship that bridges two worlds as different as night and day. This has been a great back-to-school book at my house. It’s easy to re-establish bedtime routines for a new school year when you can share treasures like this one after the kids nestle in for the night.
The story begins with a chance meeting on “Hallow’s Eve,” and the result is pure magic. A sweet bond develops between an earth girl and a faerie boy, with each begging the other to adopt a new life so they can remain close forever. After her visit to faerie-land, Yolen’s little earth girl is nearly swept off her feet by otherworldly delights, but persuades her new friend to try out life as a human instead. They spend a day on her farm, which ends with her pleading:
“Oh stay with me, dear faerie child,
And live here on the land.
We’ll till the soil, we’ll plow the field,
We’ll harvest hand in hand.
The night is fair, but day is best,
So be my guest…forget the rest.”
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