The Fairy Chronicles: Marigold And The Feather Of Hope, The Journey Begins


Summer is finally here and Beth Parish wants to spend it with her friends doing fun stuff. Instead, she is waiting at the window for Aunt Evelyn to come; dreading all of the questions. Can she last two weeks with her Aunt and her weird habits? Within hours Beth learns that "weird" is really "special," that she is special, too, and she quickly makes some new friends that are just like her.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a wholesome, fun story that draws on a young girl's imagination and leaves her with a chance to make her own magic. The illustrations will make it very attractive for young readers who are not quite ready to give up on books with pictures just yet.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

I really liked how the author wrote with ease and imagination and appreciated the words of wisdom that the Brownies read when they were rescuing the Feather of Hope. The story flowed which made it easy to follow and read. I think a lot of girls would like this book because a lot of young readers would love to dream about being a fairy with magical powers. Isn’t it every little girls fantasy to be a fairy that can fly?! Children feel they do not have a lot of power at times and this would allow them to pretend. I liked that the Fairies were the heroines in the story, not the Brownies (the males fairies). It had some positive hidden messages for young children and I liked the Fairy recipe and facts at the end of the book as well as the list of more Fairy Chronicle stories to read. I disliked some of the stereotypes. The Brownies were often seen getting into mischief or on prank restrictions. The appropriate readers would be between third to fifth grades. This book could be bought as a gift.

Parent Reaction

This may be for young girls, but it is fun to read. If you're not using it as a bedtime story, you can easily share it in an afternoon. Although you can read it any time of year, it will be particularly enjoyable in the summer. The recipe and pages of facts at the end are a nice touch.

Type of Book:
This adventure series for girls 7 and up offer stories of teamwork and a positive message.
Educational Themes:

The story offers life lessons in friendshing, trying new things, and being careful about judging others! The "fairy" transformation and use of different natural things creates a view of the world that children can easily adapt to their own neighborhood and lives.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The stories are wholesome, fun, and will likely be read multiple times.

Title Marigold and the Feather of Hope: The Journey Begins

The Fairy Chronicles, Book 1

Author J. H. Sweet
Publisher Jabberwocky, Sourcebooks Imprint © 2007
Illustrators Tara Larsen Chang
ISBN 1402208723
Material Hard Cover
Cost $6.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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