Claire Keane wrote and illustrated, Once Upon a Cloud, a sweet journey to the stars and back, that highlights the imagination, ingenuity, and love a child processes. I’m captivated by her work. She also illustrated this charming tale written by Sue Fliess, A Fairy Friend.

“There are fairies in the sky. All around you, fairies fly, Flit and flutter, tumble, twirl, When the wind blows, fairies swirl…” Fairies are speckled throughout the book. They “skip through flowers…glimmer in the dark.” Readers can see them, but the young girl in our story can’t. She searches for them everywhere, to no avail—until, she builds them and fairy house and makes them flower-petal stew. Friendships are made. The fairies share their magic with the young girl. “Shower [her] with fairy charm, keep [her] safe from hurt and harm.”

The gentle rhyming story and soft watercolour illustrations are truly magical. Every young fairy-loving child will want to read this book over and over again. They’ll immerse themselves within the pages. Then when the sun comes out, they’ll venture out into the garden and search for twigs, flowers and dandelion clocks to build a tiny fairy house. That’s what I spent a lot of time doing when I was young, and what my children enjoy doing now.

Side Note: Haz and Iz insist that this is a fairy tree. Just caught Iz climbing it in the background of our photo.


  • Published by Henry Holt & Co.
  • 3-8 years
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