Seven Wild Sisters

A Modern Fairy Tale

Fiction - Fantasy - General
272 Pages
Reviewed on 03/08/2014
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Charles De Lint has given the world of childhood readers an enchanting and enticing work of folklore. In Seven Wild Sisters, Sarah Jane and her six sisters moved to the hills following the death of their father. Sarah is a child who endures the classroom so that she can be set free to roam the hills, hoping to find Aunt Lillian so that she can learn about life in a more meaningful way. Aunt Lillian is a charming woman who finds the little things in life the most enjoyable and she revels in the opportunity to teach Sarah about life's wonders. One of those wonders involves the tales Aunt Lillian tells about fairies and Tree Men.

The illustrations in the book are charming and they captivate the child reader as s/he becomes more and more engrossed in a world of magic and confusion. There is a strong message of loyalty and compassion in Seven Wild Sisters that cannot help but be noticed by young readers. The character of Sarah Jane is marvelous and Aunt Lillian is absolutely captivating as she goes about attempting to teach a younger generation about imagination, trust, risk-taking, and another kind of world. De Lint is a classic story-teller. He uses language which prompts the child reader to ask inner questions as well as to question what is considered the norm for time, place, and behavior. The book begs the question: Will you take a chance on knowing life in another way or will you remain safe in a knowable world. The book allows young readers to explore both paths and still come out a winner!