Thursday, December 10, 2015

SERIES THURSDAY: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter


ABOUT THE BOOK

From award-winning author Ellen Potter comes a charming new chapter book series where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.

There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.

Life on an island in Maine is always interesting. But when a new teacher starts at Piper’s school—and doesn’t appreciate the special, um, accessory that Piper has decided to wear—there may be trouble on the horizon. Then Piper discovers the Fairy Tree in her front yard. Is the Fairy Tree really magic? And can it fix Piper’s problems?

REVIEW

I thoroughly enjoyed this new early chapter book series.  Piper reminds me a great deal of other fun young girl characters such as Ramona, Ruby, Clementine, and Judy Moody.  All are spirited characters who face life head-on.  What makes this series unique is the setting (islands off the coast of Maine), and the concept of the Fairy Tree that gives gifts in return for treasures.  As the story opens, Piper's treasure is the pair of earmuffs given her by her brother Eric, who has gone to the mainland to attend high school.  When her new teacher wants her to take them off, she determines not to go back to school which naturally causes problems.  I found the solution to Piper's difficulties both cute and refreshing.  This is a series that is bound to become a classic along with Ramona and Clementine.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Book two of Ellen Potter’s charming new illustrated early chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.

As far as Piper Green is concerned, the day started out lucky:
• Lucky thing #1: Her mom is painting Piper’s bedroom her favorite color.
• Lucky thing #2: Piper found a perfect strawberry at breakfast.
• Lucky thing #3: Piper lost a tooth. And as everyone knows, tooth + tooth fairy = ka-ching!

There’s just one problem. According to her friend Jacob, too much good luck can sometimes equal bad luck. And when Piper gets to school that day, Bad Luck is waiting for her. Will the Fairy Tree in Piper’s front yard be enough to break her unlucky streak?

REVIEW

Life seems pretty good to Piper Green, her room is getting painted, she had a perfect strawberry for breakfast, and she's got a lost tooth for the tooth fairy.  But her friend Jacob tells her that too much good luck can turn into bad luck.  And that is exactly what happens when she gets to school and discovers that the class pet has been banished because a new girl is allergic to rabbits.  In an effort to get the class rabbit back, Piper lies to the new girl about the teacher, which leads to the new girl running out of the classroom in panic. Piper may need the help of the fairy tree to find a way out of this newest pickle.  A fun book that young readers are bound to be able to relate too, with themes of friendship, truth-telling, and alternate solutions all coming into play.

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