Pearlie Goes to Rio by Wendy Harmer
Published by Random House
It’s pink, it’s funky and it’s Pearlie. One of our best loved fairies returns for a very bright adventure in Rio. This is the 15th book in Harmer’s highly successful series, and delivers all the aspects that we have come to demand- easy to read text and vibrant pictures.
Pearlie is off to Rio, where she is tasked with looking after some very special caterpillars. They are to be the stars in the Butterfly Carnival. Pearlie protects them from birds, folds up their sheded skins neatly and watches over them while they go through the process of turning into butterflies.
Pearlie uses their old skins to make a wonderful party cloak but then disaster strikes. The birds mistake Pearlie for a big caterpillar! She is thankfully saved by her fairy friend Morena and a swarm of precious baby butterflies. The fairy friends make it in time to attend the great Carnival party, with their wings glistening like jewels. They both enjoy dancing to the rhythm of the drums.
This book is another perfect introduction for emergent readers moving onto longer books. It is also nice to snuggle up with your own little fairy and explore the city of Rio De Janerio. There are educational aspects splattered throughout the text, including concepts of metamorphosis, and some Spanish phrases. Perfect addition to a very pink bookshelf.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Wendy Harmer
Illustrator: Gypsy Taylor
Title: Pearlie Goes to Rio
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: July 2014