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Friday, February 22, 2013

Poetry Friday--Fairy Poems

If You See a Fairy Ring [J 821 IF] is a collection of poems about fairies, illustrated by Susanna Lockhart. Due to its odd size, and the fact that it is a "moving" book, I don't think it will stand up to much more use, which is too bad since it has a nice collection of poems by poets from William Shakespeare to contemporary children's writer, Steven Kroll. The collection has two fairy poems by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I never knew she wrote poetry! Here's one:
The Sunshine Fairies

The little sunshine fairies
Are out on sunny days.
They gaily go a-dancing
Along the country ways.

They paint the flower faces,
The leaves of forest trees,
And tint the little grasses
All waving in the breeze.

They color all the apples
And work for days and weeks
To make the grapes bloom purple
And paint the peaches’ cheeks.

Ah! There’s a tiny fairy!
She’s in the garden bed!
It’s little Ray O’ Sunshine
Who makes the roses red.
A little research led me to a whole collection of fairy poems written by Wilder back nearly 100 years ago. The poems were compiled in 1998 in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems. The book is out-of-print, but a copy is available at the Derry Public Library, or other libraries through interlibrary loan.

For the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week, you must visit Sheri Doyle!


  1. I had no idea Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote poetry, either! Thanks, Diane.

  2. Fairies and Fairy Poems are a favorite with my youngest daughter (as is Laura Ingalls Wilder). I will have to look up this collection. Thanks for sharing. =)

  3. I know that Derry Public Library, but alas I did not check out that book when I had the chance. Such sweet poems!

  4. Loved the fairy poem! I also did not know that Wilder wrote some poems. I will have to look the book up.

  5. I love the image of them painting flowers' faces. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very sweet poem! I will see if I can find that book.

  7. You'll all be happy to know that I found the Wilder fairy poems book at abe.com and ordered a copy. I just got an email saying it had shipped already. I'll let you know what I think, if it arrives in time for Poetry Friday.

    Andi, when did you live in Derry?

  8. I thought my daughter had read some fairy poems by LIW, but she says they were stories, not poems. And on further thought, that they were by Louisa May Alcott. So...

    Thanks for sharing this anyway!