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Evocative and nostalgic . . . A Fairy Tale is one of the most original children's books for a long time.' SUNDAY TIMES

Bessie doesn't believe in fairies. One day she meets Mrs Daisy Leaf, the old lady next door, who tells her fairies do exist and when they are happy they look young and beautiful. Their friendship blossoms over time and as Bessie grows older she doesn't seem to notice how young and pretty Daisy now looks...

The masterly realism and nostalgia of the pre-war setting is pervaded by a strong sense of anything being possible.


A Fairy Tale has an unusual haunting quality

Junior Education

This is an enchanting book that offers more on each reading.

Child Education

Tony Ross at his most reflective. A charming book which will encourage much discussion in the classroom and at home. A timely reprint.

The Bookseller

Tony Ross's evocative illustrations are the perfect fit for this unusual and thought-provoking tale


Attractive and intriguing and brilliant.

The School Librarian

Every now and again a book comes along that makes you tingle all over, and this is one of those books. Breathtaking.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 1, 2012


    32 pages

    RRP $18.99

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