The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Fly by Bronwyn Davies
Published by National Library of Australia
The Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly, loved to read, to sleep and to dream. She was not at all helpful, like the other fairies in Fairyland. Eventually the Fairy Queen said there is no room in Fairyland for lazy fairies, so she banished the Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly to the Woodn’t.
The little fairy is lost and alone, when she happens upon some other creatures living in the Woodn’t. There is the Frog-who-wouldn’t-hop, the Kookaburra-who-wouldn’t-laugh, the Bat-who-wouldn’t-fly-by-night, the Bee-that-wouldn’t-live-in-a-hive, the Flower-who-wouldn’t-sleep and the Glow-Worm-that-wouldn’t-glow.
A motley crew of creatures, all living together in a dark and damp cave, all because they Wouldn’t.
The Fairy-that-wouldn’t-fly soon tires of the squabbling creatures and she leaves the cave. She is afraid and alone and decides to test her wings. She begins to fly and she learns just how wonderful her wings can be. Just as she is about to return to Fairyland, she happens upon a lost little mortal boy.
The-Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly, rallies the crew, and each one plays their part in rescuing the little boy. In seeing how much the-Fairy-who-wouldn’t fly had changed her new friends rally to ask the Fairy Queen to allow them all to return.
The Fairy Queen accepts them all back into Fairyland, each with their new found purpose, all but the Bee-who-wouldn’t-live- in- a- hive. She decides she wants to find out why the honey bees are all dying.
The Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly requests a new name from the Queen. The Queen grants her a new name of Fairy-Fleet-Wing.
Fairy-Fleet-Wing has a new purpose too. She wants to go and find the Bee-that-wouldn’t-live-in- a-hive, to help her discover the reason for the honey bee’s sickness.
And there ends the retelling of The-Fairy-Who-Wouldn’t-Fly.
This was a lovely story, using a compilation of original artwork by Pixie O’Harris. The vintage illustrations have such a beauty and originality to them. I suspect Pixie O’Harris was quite ahead of her time, in her depiction of the beautiful fairies and Fairyland, that would have given children of that era such a delightful boost to their imaginations.
The story is rich with detail and, and you can’t help but get lost in the wonders of Fairyland. I would recommend this to older children aged 5-8, as I think they will also enjoy learning how the book was compiled.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Bronwyn Davies
Title: The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Fly
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Published: May 2014