A Dozen Fairy Dresses

A Dozen Fairy Dresses

Book - 2010
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With the Purple Moon Night Ball approaching, Hem, a talented seamstress, has big dreams of creating a beautiful new dress until all the other fairies ask her to make new dresses for them.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
ISBN: 9780736426633
Characteristics: 48 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Disney Storybook Artists


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Sep 25, 2015

This book was easy to follow for my pre-readers. A typical Disney Fairies plot with a happy ending and lots of friends. Any Fairy loving child would enjoy this book.

Nov 23, 2010

I have a daughter who, like many little girls, is inevitably lured by the siren song of all of the Disney girl-centric products. They are inescapable and I can certainly understand why little girls like these movies and books and toys etc. that are so clearly designed to appeal to them. It's just a pity that they are so ubiquitous, sometimes very mediocre and always situated in a premium location in shops as to stifle any chance of finding anything equally enticing but not so obviously test-marketed. I fear that trying to coax my daughter into resisting these products' obvious charms risks fetishising them even further. My motivation in reviewing this book is to let other parents, who struggle with this consumer dilemma as I do, know that this book is not that bad.

This book is an installment in the Tinkerbell/Flower Fairy narrative trope that Disney has developed. It is the story of Hem - a "sewing-talent" (um, huh? I don't understand the mythology of this universe) fairy - who becomes obliged to make twelve super-pretty little flower dresses for all her friends in time for the fairy ball. She only has three days! Well, as you might guess, she really applies herself to her work and does her very best. You will just have to read the story to find out if she accomplishes this herculean task.

I am unable to detect any deeply sinister Disney messages in this text. It's not great but it's not completely questionable either and it is just so full of flowers and pretty fairies and all that nice sort of stuff. Though this is level-4 (paragraph reading level) early reader book my three year old is thrilled with it and loves having it read aloud to her. :D


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