THIS WHIMSICAL AND charming collection of stories and poems was first published in 1951. Now a new generation of fairy fans can search for lost merbabies, bargain with pixies, and frolic under the moon with Jane Werner’s fantastic selection of “wee folk” tales, masterfully illustrated by Garth Williams.
Elves and Fairies - Jane Werner
Children's Literature - Elizabeth FronkThis collection of songs, poems, and folk tales highlight the "wee folk" that live amidst the plants and may only appear at night. The stories include a Swedish one about silver slippers, a lost merbaby, a lonely little boy that befriends a brownie, and a pixie's scarf being traded for jewels that are also marbles. Some of the poems are seasonal, such as "Song for a Summer Evening" or the "Halloween Song." Garth Williams' illustrations are colorful and work especially well with the poems and songs. In some instances, however, his drawings do not quite fit with the story's events. Jane Werner and Garth Williams' stories may work better with the smaller format found in the "Little Golden Books" rather than this larger format. If one wants to have a collection of Williams' illustrations, this collection is a good one. Kindergartners and first graders would enjoy the beautiful and detailed animals and children. Unfortunately, many of the stories either end too quickly or are confusing, since they happen in a different country or time period. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk