By Mary Losure
Frances was nine when she first saw the fairies. They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, so her cousin Elsie painted paper fairies and took photographs of them "dancing" around Frances to make the grown-ups stop teasing. The girls promised each other they would never, ever tell that the photos weren’t real. But how were Frances and Elsie supposed to know that their photographs would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? And who would have dreamed that the man who created the famous detective Sherlock Holmes believed ardently in fairies — and wanted very much to see one? Mary Losure presents this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family’s archives. A delight for everyone with a fondness for fairies, and for anyone who has ever started something that spun out of control.
Have you ever seen the movie FairyTale: A True Story?
That's the reason I chose to read this book. It's one of my favorites.
This book is about the story behind that movie. It was super interesting. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was indeed heavily involved in getting the story out there, but Harry Houdini wasn't mentioned once. Also, this book tells about how the fairies weren't real and how the girls faked the pictures. The movie shows the fairies as being real.
I enjoyed reading about what really happened. The fact that it was short and for children helped because I'm not usually a nonfiction girl. It read like fiction though, and we got to see the rest of the girls' lives. I'm glad I discovered this one. Check out the book and the movie! I recommend both.