The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure
The enchanting true story of a girl who saw fairies, and another with a gift for art, who concocted a story to stay out of trouble and ended up fooling the world.
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this enthralling true story as a fanciful narrative featuring the original Cottingley fairy photos and previously unpublished drawings and images from the family’s archives.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.
The Fairy Ring was an informative book on fairies in england 1900s. How nice to know they actually exist! That there is solid proof! And you know, that everyone is so easily fooled when they want to believe in something.
Frances and Elsie were oh so very different but they meshed. Frances was the quiet type that like to stay under the radar. She was sort of sensible I guess you could say. She saw fairies and thought nothing of it. They were just there, why do something about it?
Elsi was the artistic type and though she wasn’t an outgoing Social butterfly her shell wasn’t as thick as Frances’.
The Frances and Elsie were teased for believing in fairies. So they decided they were going to do something about that.
Through two simple pictures they made an entire country come to attention. They had all of england asking about fairies, believing that they were real and that two simple country girls caught them on camera!This rouse lasted their entire lives. But they didn’t know it would did they?
This story was told in distant third person and was a fast moving retelling of the event that shaped their lives and changed a country. It was interesting and welcome and I greatly enjoyed this short novel.