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Meet Twig, a young girl living in a city tenement building with a dirt back yard.  As young children are apt to do, Twig has constructed a home for fairies using the best of the materials available to her: an old tomato can, a gum wrapper, and several toothpaste caps. Now, all she has to do is wait for the fairies to come.  She doesn’t have to wait long before she meets a small elf who is courteous enough to transform Twig into a more suitable and small size.  Follow Twig’s imagination as she explores her backyard from the perspective of someone small.

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Twig is a classic story made up of a child’s imagination and imbibed with sweet and simple goodness. Not too sweet, of course. The pet cockroach makes sure of that.  While the reading age is 6 and up, it is so full of life’s nuances that it easily maintains the interest of 10 years old, too. A great read aloud story that will have your children asking for “just one more chapter.”

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  • Author: Elizabeth Orton Jones
  • Publisher: Purple House Press (August 2010)
  • Reading Age: Age 6 +

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  • Role Models/Authority Figures – Twig has two parents. The adults she meets coming both up and down her tenement steps are good people. Mr. and Mrs. Sparrow are caring parents, as well.
  • Violence – None
  • Sexual Content – None
  • Language – None
  • Consumerism – None
  • Drinking/Smoking/Drugs – None
  • Religion – Elf has a book which he uses to try to learn magic. He is, thus far, only capable of making Twig small. He is invited to fairy land to learn the magic there.
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