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The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 25 user ratings
ISBN:0763674958
LANGUAGE:English

"Even though this was not my favorite nonfiction book, I thought the topic of fairies and the possibility of them being real was fascinating and fun. Written as a story, this book made learning about an incident in history (the fairy photograph hoax) more interesting than reading from a textbook. I was also surprised to find out that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) believed in fairies! I would definitely consider this a good nonfiction alternative to history and science focused nonfiction books." said.

"I thought this book would be more in depth, but knowing now that it is probably a middle grade level book, I'm deeming it a three star. I am hopefully soon going to read Cottingley Secret as I find it fascinating that two young girls have duped the world, with Sir Author Conan Doyle at the helm of those who were tricked. I wanted to get some background information before I read the book, and this was a very quick, basic read about the actual event. It's good, the pictures are interesting (to say the least, as they were the basis of the belief in fairies), but again, the writing is definitely middle grade or upper elementary, so don't read the book looking for extensive research.
And the book was so small it helped me with my Goodreads challenge, so there's that.
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"This is written for a juvenile audience, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story about two girls faking fairy photographs in the early 20th century. I had never heard of the incident, and was fascinated. There is an element of believing what you want in all of this, for Frances insisted to her grave that fairies in general were real, even though she knew what had happened with four of the five photographs. The fifth photograph is not explained very well, and I imagine that is because of the author's desire to maintain an element of romanticism to the tale." said.

"Elsie and Frances spent much of their summer on the banks of the waterfall behind Elsie’s house. Frances particularly liked it there, because she could see the fairies—not that her family believed her, until Elsie found a way to get photographs of them. Elsie's photos were enough to convince their families, some researchers, even Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The photographs weren't faked… but were the fairies?

Narrative non-fiction for maybe 5th-8th grade readers, and an intriguing story: will the girls get caught? How far will the hoax go? Mixing this into the middle school booktalks, since they're woefully short on non-fiction reading.
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"This is the kind of non-fiction that I find fascinating...its a wonderful story of two young girl's and their photos of imaginary fairies, that many came to believe in. the story unfolds in a simple, clear, compelling narrative, with nuance and detail. The original photos that accompany the text, are the originals that the girls took back in the 1920's. Just a small quibble, if the photos could have been closer to the text where they were mentioned, it would have been better...I found myself paging through the book looking for the specific photos that were being mentioned. What interesting young ladies and a cast of unusual characters !" said.

"In 1917, two young cousins in England who are tired of being teased, take fake photographs of themselves with fairies (actually painted cut-outs) as a joke. The "joke" gets out of control and people all over the world (including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) begin to believe the photos are real. Not until the girls are elderly do they admit the photos were not real. The book reads almost like fiction, but in fact it is a true story -- all the more fascinating! Well-researched and well-written, the book is a fascinating glimpse into people's need to believe in fairies, gnomes, sprites, etc. Short but engrossing and thought-provoking. " said.

"When cousins Elsie and Frances fake photographs of themselves with fairies beside the stream behind their cottage, they don’t think it's anything more than a joke on Elsie's dad. The "fairies" were just paper cut-outs! But things spin out of control when other grown-ups find out about the pictures -- and believe them. Amazingly, one of those duped adults is none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. The Fairy Ring vividly recounts this surprising and true tale, and includes the actual photographs Elsie and Frances made. It’s a fascinating tale of imagination, belief, and how adults all too easily underestimate the creative powers and capabilities of young girls." said.

"A rather fascinating little book about two girls living in the English countryside during WWI who decided to take a photograph of fairies. One claimed to see real fairies around the seemingly magical creek behind their house and the other, being a fiercely loyal friend/cousin, defended her and said she saw them too. Unfortunately, this caused much teasing from family members. In order to shut them up, the plan to take a photo was hatched. One of the girls happened to be a talented artist...

The fairy photos would have remained a quirky family story if not for a fated twist of events involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of all people, himself a fierce believer in fairies. The photos caused a world-wide sensation and changed the lives of the two girls forever.
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