Princess April Morning-Glory is a classically told fairy tale from the talented late artist Letitia Fairbanks.
Found as a tiny fairy baby in a pink tulip, Princess April Morning-Glory is brought to the Crystal Castle by the Fairy Queen. Princess April Morning-Glory was a very good fairy child, but she was sad that her wings were too small to fly. She is tricked by the wicked Fairy Misery into leaving the Enchanted Forest, and a kind wizard tells Princess April Morning-Glory she must accomplish three good deeds before she can hope to go home again.
The niece of silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, Letitia Fairbanks wrote and illustrated Princess April Morning-Glory in 1941. Using film stars of the day for inspiration, Fairbanks created a moral and inspirational tale sure to please young readers.
This book tells the story of a young fairy child who is tricked into leaving her home by an evil fairy. Befriending various creatures along the way, Princess April Morning-Glory performs good deeds like uniting a sick boy and a lonely puppy so she can triumph over evil and find her way home. Part fairy tale and part adventure, the main character of this story is not lying in wait for someone to come and rescue her. Brave and courageous, she creates her own destiny as she works to defeat evil. Written during the second World War, one can’t help but wonder if events of her time inspired this story.
The illustrations in Princess April Morning-Glory are beautiful treasures. They alone make the book worth the purchase. But Fairbanks’s artistic mind extended to storytelling, too. The story that unfolds is a rousing adventure that young readers are sure to enjoy. In addition to the larger illustrations, the story is filled with smaller illustrated accents that complement the text. While the selected font is certainly appropriate for the genre and looks lovely on the page, there are a few places where it’s hard to read, especially when an accent appears in the background of the text. The final pages of the book include 10 suggestions for good deeds.
Princess April Morning-Glory by Letitia Fairbanks is a story your child will love hearing time and again.
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Paperback: 66 pages
Publisher: Sandramantos Publishing (February 2, 2013)
About Letitia Fairbanks:
Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, lived a life guided by artistic passions. In 1939, wanting to commemorate her late uncle, Letitia began work on Princess April Morning-Glory, allowing a creative outlet for combining her lifelong loves: painting, writing, and illustration.
Holding firm to her artistic identify, Letitia gravitated toward portraiture, landscapes, and still-lifes. She was also a biographer, co-authoring Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, with Ralph Hancock. Her marriage to Hal Smoot in 1966 marked the beginning of a particularly joyful and creative period. Needle points and annual Christmas cards, which featured a painting from the previous year, not to mention her role as a wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother brought her much fulfillment. After a life rich in artistic accomplishment, Letitia passed away in September of 1992.
About Kelley Smoot Garrett:
Kelley Smoot Garrett was born in Dallas, raised in Manhattan and has lived the life of a West Texas wildcatter as well that of an IT professional. At one time or another in her life she’s called places as diverse as Scourie, Scotland; Austin, Abilene and Midland, Texas; Singapore; Paris; and Auckland, New Zealand — home. She is proud to be the daughter of Sue Ashby and Harold Smoot and the step-daughter of Letitia Fairbanks Smoot. She currently lives with her husband Danny Garrett, three cats, and one happy only-dog, Moxie in the Texas Hill Country.
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