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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
We all have our talents, gifts, things we shine with, but we’re all born different, or are missing something either physically or otherwise. Those with visible differences are, sadly, often bullied for no other reason than the simple fact that they look different. Little Briony Rose is a fairy with only one wing. That’s the way she was born. Unlike the other fairies, Briony Rose can’t fly. At least, not on her own. A mean fairy named Lavender lashes out at Briony Rose, telling her, “You cannot fly!... You will never succeed!” But Briony Rose, saddened by the outburst, found an inner strength, a talent like no other. She could sing. Her voice would change the way others saw her, because, like in so many other situations, the gift of music shines through. It certainly did for Briony Rose, giving her confidence, a sense of worth, and beauty deep within her soul. She had found her magic in music.
Cheryl Davies’ picture book story, The Fairy Who Sings (Finding the Magic), is a sweet little story that will appeal to young readers. Told in a sing-song, rhyming verse format, the plot develops through Briony Rose’s struggle to fit in, her confrontation with a bully, and the gift of music she finds within her. The colorful illustrations are superb and help carry the story along. The Fairy Who Sings is packed with valuable lessons for young readers, the most important one being the power of one’s inner beauty and the importance of believing in oneself. Told with love and compassion and, of course, with beauty. A lovely story, a real treasure.