Rating: 4.8 stars
If you’ve spent any time at all around a pond in the summer, you’ve seen them. The dragonflies. Madly flitting about, they’re the kamikazes of the insect kingdom. In this book, they’re also a kindly race (whose language sounds like a charming cross between Yoda and Mr. Rogers), happy to adopt a young fairy who has been ejected from her community, just because she’s a bit out of the ordinary.
Lilly, as she’s eventually named by the dragonflies, is happy with them until she dreams the other fairies are in danger. When she decides to return home, three dragonflies accompany her, and their adventure begins. Ahead of Lilly are a long journey, mysterious powers for her to overcome, and an evil Queen. This is the first part of a trilogy, so be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.
If you’re a fan of George MacDonald’s work, or Andrew Lang’s rainbow of Fairy Books, you’ll enjoy this story. It’s perfect for a read-aloud, for listeners ranging from 3 to 7, with short chapters that keep the story moving. The author’s descriptions of the power and beauty of nature are a plus. I only wish the author had shown us those marching horned beetles, the Queen of the Locusts, and the Frog Lords.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review.