Introducing Fairy May by Jo Linsdell
Posted March 19, 2013on:
Written and illustrated by Jo Linsdell
Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realize her dream and become a tooth fairy?
Release Date: 1st February 2013
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
About the author:
Jo Linsdell is a best selling author and illustrator, award winning blogger and freelance writer. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two young sons.
Author website: www.JoLinsdell.com
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“More than a picture book, Fairy May teaches anything worth having is worth working for. A delightful read that teaches without preaching. A simple lesson beautifully told.”
- By C. Bullard
“Fairy May is a story that will encourage little kids to not only to keep their teeth clean but also to try their best and work hard in school! A rhyming story filled with cute pictures, it would make a perfect addition to your child’s book collection. I read it to my 1 1/2 yr old and he laughs and points to every picture!”
- By Virginia L. Jennings
“Fairy May is a story that will draw in younger children with it’s colorful, playful illustrations and clever writing. Younger children will favor it as a bedtime read, while older children learning to read can choose it to practice their craft. Well produced with high quality!”
- By J. campbell
“We love the cuteness of drawings and the light, delicate colours.
We love the rhymes, a good exercise for non-mother-tongue children to improve their English knowledge.
We love the story, the strength of tiny May in following her dreams. We love the good example: if you want something you must be ready to work hard!
We love the highlight on dental hygiene, the importance of brushing teeth and we will download soon the extras!
We love to read it, and read it and read it again…. as we did with previous release by Jo Linsdell “OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO”! =)
We love the book itself. Fairy May is a new character in our life and we hope in future new adventures to be released!”
- By LaMarzia
“When a story is told using rhyming words, too many times it does not work, but this one surely does! The rhyming does not feel forced and the story line flows. I think it would be great for a beginning reader to use for practice as well as a fun read-aloud that reveals an important lesson!”
- By Neil Edwards
“This delightful picture book is bound to become the favorite book of anyone who believes in fairies. The rhyming verse and soft delicate pictures will take you into the fantasy land of Fairy May’s; a land you won’t want to return from. Linsdell will have you child wondering if Fairy May really makes it to be her dream- tooth fairy. A fun read-a-loud and wonderful for beginning readers, very easy to read. This book will help your child see that you can be what you set out to be.”
- By Apple Blossom
“It’s like a gentle hum that makes you smile each time you think about it once you’ve put the book away.”
-By Richa Jha
“Mum and toddler both love the story and pictures and like reading (and listening) to it over and over again.
All in all a delightful book that encourages children to achieve their dreams (and clean their teeth!).
Although Fairy May is a magical being, the way that she achieves her dreams is not achieved by magic, but by hard work and sheer determination. This gives children a realistic message that dreams cannot be achieved overnight just by wishing (or magic), but you do need to work towards them to make them happen.
Fairy May is not just a fairy tale, but a tale of moral tooth (I mean truth)!”
- By Hazel Nutt
1) Please tell us a bit about Fairy May.
Fairy May is a rhyming children’s picture story book about a fairy called May that dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy. She struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong but with hard work and determination she prepares for her tooth fairy exam.
2) What lessons does this book carry for the reader?
The story carries two main lessons for the reader;
A. To follow your dreams. Just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it can’t be achieved.
“ But Fairy May tried and tried for she had a special dream;
one day she’d be a tooth fairy, the best you’ve ever seen.”
B. The importance of dental hygiene. The text subtly introduces the reader to how to take care of their teeth correctly.
“She learnt how to brush and keep teeth clean
and how to floss right in between.”
3) What was your inspiration for this book?
This book is dedicated to my niece who, after seeing that my last book Out and About at the Zoo was dedicated to my two sons, asked if I’d write a book for her too.
It needed to have fairies in it and so I brainstormed on ideas and came up with Fairy May. I wanted her to be a little girl fairy and to show that it’s OK to not be perfect. I wanted young children to be able to relate to her and to encourage them to go after their dreams.
The tooth fairy part came about because several of my 5 year old’s friends have recently lost their first tooth and he has been full of questions on the subject. My 17 month old is also teething at the moment and so the topic of dental hygiene comes up a lot in our house at the moment.
4) What did you learn while writing Fairy May?
The importance of having the right direction for my story not just a good text. In the original version the text worked fine as a story and rhymed nicely but the overall message wasn’t as strong. After rewriting the last part I was much happier with the focus of the story. Simple changes can make a big difference.
5) What projects are you working on now?
I’m busy with several projects at the moment. “The Bedtime Book” which is another rhyming children’s picture book. “The Writers and Authors Guide to Social Media” and “Virtual Book Tours” which are two non-fiction books. 2013 is going to be a busy year for me as I have lots of other ideas too.
1 February- http://writersoldier.blogspot.de/2013/01/author-interview-jo-linsdell-on-her-new.html (interview and book spotlight)
2 February- Facebook wall chat at http://www.facebook.com/VirginiaLoriJennings (9:30pm CET/ 3:30pm EST)
3 February- http://4horsemenseriesbr.blogspot.it/2013/02/today-i-welcome-author-jo-linsdell.html (interview)
4 February- http://pauletteharper.blogspot.it/2013/02/virtual-book-tour-for-author-jo-linsdell.html#.UQ_hWKVX2So (book spotlight)
5 February- http://1sttimemums.blogspot.it/2013/02/book-feature-fairy-may-by-jo-linsdell.html (book spotlight)
7 February- http://www.hazelnutt.com/picture-book-author-interview-8-jo-linsdell (interview)
8 February- http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.it/2013/02/new-release-fairy-may-by-jo-linsdell.html (book spotlight)
9 February- http://www.facebook.com/michelleelliotauthor (Facebook wall chat 10:30pm CET)
10 February-https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/fairy-may-by-jo-linsdell (book spotlight)
11 February- http://sostacythought.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/fairy-may-official-blog-stop (review)
12 February- http://albertaross.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/fairy-may-by-jo-linsdell-on-the-red-carpet (guest post)
13 February- http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.it/2013/02/welcome-back-jo-linsdell-with-fairy-may.html (guest post)
14 February- http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.it/2013/02/fairy-may-by-jo-linsdell.html (review)
15 February- http://snugglewithpicturebooks.com/fairy-may (review)
17 February- http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2013/02/mom-reviews-fairy-book-for-kids.html (review)
18 February- http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.it/2013/02/book-review-fairy-may.html (review)
19 February- http://thewritingmama.blogspot.it/2013/02/book-review-tuesday-fairy-may.html (review)
20 February- http://albertaross.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/fairy-may-author-jo-linsdell-interviewed-red-carpet-day (interview and book spotlight)
21 February- http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com (guest post)
22 February- http://kaistrand.blogspot.com (character interview)
23 February- http://adventuresofceciliaspark.blogspot.co.uk/ (book spotlight)
24 February- http://carolmarlenesmith.blogspot.ca (guest post)
25 February-http://wherewritersandauthorsmeet.webs.com/apps/blog (group interview)
26 February- http://virginiajennings.webs.com/apps/blog/ (interview)
27 February- http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/ (review)
28 February- http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com (review and book spotlight)
1 March- http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/ (review)
https://www.facebook.com/claudia.moss.35?ref=ts&fref=ts (Facebook wall chat 1pm)
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3 March- www.claudiamoss.wordpress.com (guest post)
4 March- http://www.kidsimaginationtrain.blogspot.com (guest post)
5 March- http://www.facebook.com/behrentreu (Facebook wall chat 9:30pm CET/ 3:30 pm EST)
6 March- http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.com/ (guest post)
7 March- http://www.MelissaEdwards.org (interview)
8 March- www.melissawray.blogspot.com.au (review and interview)
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19 March- http://janieraeldridge.blogspot.com (interview)
20 March- http://www.gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com (interview and review)
25 March- http://www.JLBCreatives.blogspot.com (interview)
29 March- http://www.JoLinsdell.com (webinar 9:30pm CET)
31 March- http://aritistadonna.blogspot.com/ (review, interview and guest post)