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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Adam is a little boy who lives most of his life in a wheelchair. He likes to sit by the window looking outside and dreaming of faraway places, like a part of the world where there is snow in the winter and children can play in it. Even if he lived there, confined as he is to the wheelchair, he could never run and play in the snow. But he can dream. So, when his mother or his sister asks him what he sees, he tells them about the fairy lady who visits him regularly. Then, one day, when bringing him his supper, his mother discovers the wheelchair is empty. Adam is gone. How could a wheelchair-bound little boy just get up and leave? That’s when mother and daughter meet the fairy lady who explains and they are given a choice. For, as Adam’s mother, it’s her right and responsibility to make that choice.
Tanya R. Taylor’s short story, The Visiting Fairy, is a delightful story, a fairy tale in a way, but one that touches on some pretty sensitive issues, like having the power to let someone go. The story introduces Adam and his sister, Isabella, two charming young people who care about each other. The camaraderie between the siblings is both remarkable and reassuring. Soothing, in fact. The siblings talk about the fairy who, in the beginning, has only been seen by Adam. Isabella leaves her brother to help her mother in the kitchen, another remarkable activity, showing parent-child love, care, and mutual respect, good things for a young reader to absorb, learn and appreciate. The story revolves around family connectivity, love and caring for each other. A gentle story filled with compassion, a delight to read.