Review: Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
Quite possibly one of the more adorable picture books that I’ve read recently. The story is lovely, and any kid who doesn’t feel like they fit in will relate to this. Wanting to go against the grain, Olivia is in a bit of a crisis as she tries to figure out how to be herself in a world where everyone wants to be the same.
The art is great! I loved every page! I especially loved the background details and some of the little tie ins within the illustrations.
Olivia is a fun read for all and the ending is quite adorable.
"Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are! (Jane to Mr. Rochester-Ch. 23)"— Charlotte Brontë