I have to admit that I am hard-core Piper Green fan. I fell in love with her upon reading Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
In this story, Piper's day begins loaded full of good luck.
1. Her mother is painting her entire bedroom lime green, Piper's favourite colour.
2. She finds a perfect strawberry to put in the fairy tree.
3. There are cinnamon buns to eat on the boat taking her to school.
When her tooth falls out she considers it her fourth incident of luck. Then Jacob tells her that more than three items of good luck means too much good luck, and that means bad luck.
Piper believes that this is why the classroom rabbit is gone. And so, the next day, without thinking, she takes her anger out on Camilla, the new student who is allergic to rabbits.
One of the best thing about these books is how sweet they are. While Piper makes a mistake, she is able, with help from the adults around her, to acknowledge it, feel remorse, and make amends. In the end, Piper and Camilla become great friends.
Oh, and it's loaded with humour too.
To top it off, Qin Leng's black and white illustrations provide a the perfect whimsical compliment to the text.
|Bibi Longtail (Piper) and Lala Sparkles (Camilla) playing mermaids down at the beach|
Everyone I've introduced Piper to, has loved her. We are all going to be happy to be able to read more of her adventures. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony. Next January, Going Places, the fourth in the series will be published. It won't be too soon.