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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan Another year has passed and September is anxious to return to Fairyland and see her friends. Yet when the time finally comes, it is nothing like she expected. There to greet her this time is not the Green Wind, but his sister the Blue Wind, biting and cruel. Her adventure leads her to the Moon above Fairyland where she is indeed reunited with A-Through-L and Saturday. This time however the story isn't about adventures, it is a tale of discovery and growing up.

Once again, I've been charmed by the imagination that goes into these books. While we never visit Fairyland, the Moon is equally delightful. From Almanack, the city created by a Whelk who wishes only to give everyone whatever they need, to the mountain loved by a Yeti, and the Lightening Jungle where you can meet your fate it is a setting you won't soon forget. This however is not the child's tale of adventure that it once was. September is no longer a little girl. She has grown a heart and must learn how to manage it. I really enjoyed reading about her struggles as she wrestled with her identity and who she wanted to be. While this book is clearly a fairy tale, within it is one of the truest depictions of the experience of the pains of growing up. I am truly impressed at the author's ability to write with that kind of depth and wisdom in a children's novel. I cannot recommend these books enough and truly believe they should be an integral part of every child's library.