Author: Betty Brock
Genre: Children's fantasy
Topical Arc: "Oh please cheer me up!"
Copyright Date: 1970
Cover: An adorable little girl with short blond hair sits in a chair that's too big for her. She looks up adoringly (I reused that word root intentionally) at a tiny white dog sitting on the top of the chair.
First line: "One morning before breakfast Mrs. Vancourt stepped out on her terrace to look at the ocean."
Best part: The sweetness of some of the details.
Worst part: I don't want to give too much away, but I didn't like the ending. I will include a spoiling explanation behind the cut.
Recommended for: Kids.
Related Reads: Half Magic by Edward Eager, The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit, The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber, The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsche
The little girl gives up her fairy powers so that her parents will be freed from their unjust imprisonment. I find this all too typical and hate what it says about female power. You don't need to be special, you don't need to have anything for yourself, you just need LOOOOOVE! Argh.
Happily, there are more recent fairy tales with a different bent.
This is a fun book, if you're willing to let the ending slide.