Do Fairies Bring the Spring? by Liza Gardner Walsh

Do Fairies Bring the Spring? by Liza Gardner Walsh
Publisher: Down East Books
Genre: Childrens, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Age Recommendation: 6+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

After a long winter’s rest with little to do,
are the fairies ready to start something new,

Do they use tiny brushes and oil pastels
to paint crocuses, lilacs, and daffodils?

Everyone knows fairies love spring flowers and summer sun, but is it the fairies who wake up the earth as the snow melts? Do they entice the trees to turn green and the flowers to grow? In this charming follow up to Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows, Liza Gardner Walsh, acclaimed author of the Fairy House Handbook and Fairy Garden Handbook, explores the matter in a children’s picture book of rhyming questions. Combined with delightful illustrations by Hazel Mitchell this whimsical book will help children discover the world of fairies and learn to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.


Spring is right around the corner. How do adults know for sure that all of the plants are going to wake up in time for it?

What an imaginative spin on why and how the seasons change! I especially liked all of the questions the narrator asked the audience about what fairies might quietly be doing at the end of each winter to get ready for the change in season. They added many different types of playful spins to the plot as the questions became more and more creative.

There was one scene that I thought might be a little too dark for sensitive readers in this age group. It talked about what would happen if the fairies refused to wake up the plants one spring, and it would have frightened me a little bit when I was the age of the target audience. With that being said, this was a minor criticism of a story that was otherwise adorable and well worth the read.

My favourite scenes were the ones that showed the fairies digging around in the earth or making sure that every flower was as colorful as it needed to be for spring. The fairies were so cheerful as they worked no matter how long it took to get everything right. It was also very cute to see them consulting tiny books and having conversations with other fairies about what they should be doing next.

Do Fairies Bring the Spring? should be read by anyone who is eagerly looking forward to the end of winter.

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