Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5
Genre: fairy tale
What did you like about the book? The book itself is physically beautiful: a small exquisitely illustrated hardcover with a textured dust jacket. The story, which was first published in 1937, begins with Elsie, a young girl who skips rope as skillfully as the fairies who inhabit the woods around her village. The Skipping Master fairy takes an interest in Elsie and teaches her all the fairies’ rope skipping secrets. Years pass, and an evil lord takes over the kingdom. He seeks to destroy the forest and claim it for his own. Elsie, now 109 years old, picks up her magical skipping rope again to help save the forest from the greedy lord. Aside from being an engaging fairy tale, this story contains lessons about caring for the environment, working together as a community, and respecting the aged. The illustrations enhance the story on every page. This would be a good family or classroom read-aloud, although children could also read it on their own.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about it.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to families looking for an all-ages read-aloud, and to readers looking for classic fairy stories. Also consider The Wind Boy by Ethel Cook Eliot and the Flower Fairy stories by Cicely Mary Barker.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should consider purchasing this book to help introduce a new generation to a celebrated author.
Where would you shelve it ? This book could be shelved with the early chapter books or in 398.2.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you are a lover of fairy tales, yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: March 1, 2017