Fairy Dust by Gwyneth Rees Rosie and her mother have moved from London to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Rosie wakes up in their new cottage to find a pretty blonde fairy hovering over her bed while a kilted “wee man” is packing his possessions into a matchbox and complaining about having to move. Rosie is too surprised to speak, but later finds a tiny tartan sock which proves she was not dreaming.

Her elderly neighbour Miss Flora MacPhee knows all about the fairies. She encourages Rosie to make friends with the blonde fairy, whose name is Snowdrop, by giving her chocolate (which fairies love). Snowdrop gives Rosie in return a flower bracelet sprinkled with fairy dust so that it will stay fresh and not wilt.

Rosie rescues Snowdrop from Miss MacPhee’s cat and looks after her while her wing mends. In return she is invited to a fairy party on a island in the loch where she meets Queen Mae and learns more about the wee men.

When Snowdrop falls ill, the fairy queen tells Rosie a secret about how fairies are born (which I must say was news to me):

“When a human child dies it doesn’t just disappear into nothing. Whenever a little boy or girl dies anywhere in the world, a bundle of joy is left over. That joy is invisible to human eyes but a white dove collects it. The dove brings it to the nearest fairy nursery where it empties it into a fairy crib, and our fairy nannies look after it until it changes from a bundle of joy into a newborn fairy.”

It is a very sweet idea, though a little sad too. The fairy will then live as long as the child is remembered, even indirectly, so the queen thinks Rosie can help Snowdrop by reviving the memory of the original child. Rosie works hard to help, makes some new human friends doing it and earns a very special wish for herself.

This book is one of the Fairy Dust Fairies series.

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