The Messy Room Book Store – Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale

Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale by Margaret Read MacDonald 

There was once an old woman who hated chores. “Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!” One day some fairies show up. They . . . clankety-clankety-clankety — clean all the dishes. Swishety-swishety-swishety —sweep the house. Flumpety-flumpety-flumpety — shake out the bedclothes. Clickety-clickety-clickety — work on all the knitting. But then there is nothing left to do. So, they tear everything apart and start again! Clankety-clankety-clankety, swishety-swishety-swishety . . . . The fairies are driving the old woman crazy! How will she get them to leave? Lively watercolor illustrations add to this Celtic retelling by master storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald. An author’s note is also included.

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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose


M. Pierce5.0 out of 5 stars My granddaughter loves this book! Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2014 Verified Purchase

She thinks of herself as a fairy queen. She is thrilled each time I give her one of these books. She can name all of the fairies. Especially love the fact that some of the books progress from her reading level and beyond, so she can pick one up and read it to her little brother. Interest is there as she plays teacher, reading, and actually learning all about sentences and bigger words as she enjoys herself. The true testament to “Reading and Learning can be FUN!”


Sandee rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite, toddler-reads

We liked the story a lot. The illustrations are rich and vibrant and the fairies are so cute. It is folklore so it is expected that cultural influences may make it a little weird for some. It’s a story with a lesson and my toddlers give it a double thumbs up.

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