FICTION

The Only Lonely Fairy

Pajama Pr. Mar. 2024. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781772783025.
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PreS-Gr 1–Being rebuffed by classmates is an unfortunate experience for many children, often leading to insecurity about making new overtures, the sting of rejection having lasting power. In this story, Leah wants to play fairies but is told no by two pairs of friends who “want to play alone.” Believing that she is the only one who is truly on her own, Leah never thinks to reach out to someone new like Allie. When she does, she finds the perfect, like-minded companion, and her new confidence enables her to recognize a boy who is another fairy enthusiast waiting in the wings. Somewhat lesson driven, the problem is resolved rather quickly. However, what it lacks in story development it makes up for in the importance of the message. Teachers will find this brightly illustrated book to be a very useful tool for assuaging hurt feelings, discouraging exclusive friend groups, and guiding children to recognize options in tough social situations.
VERDICT An excellent resource for social-emotional learning that will be a welcome addition, particularly for classroom and school libraries

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