Book Review and Giveaway: Petalwink the Fairy

The darling fairy Petalwink.

I love when I find positive media for children and have the opportunity to share it. Author and illustrator Angela Sage Larsen asked if I would review her books series featuring Petalwink, a big hearted, creative, and kind fairy. Her timing was perfect, as we had just been discussing positive characters for girls, and moms were looking for fairy stories that were not of the Disney persuasion or hyper-sexualized.

The Petalwink books arrived at the house and I instantly loved the whimsical, washed water color artwork inside. It was beautiful, and both of my kids were drawn to the colors and smiling faces. The books read like a poem with musical lyrics, and are perfect for children ages 3-10 years old. Petalwink and her friends, both boy and girl fairies, learn important lessons on their adventures in Newman Forest.

This books series is a wonderful way for families to explore an imaginary fairy world and be assured the whimsical stories and characters are perfectly appropriate for young children.

There are four books from the series in print, and the lessons learned cover: making new friends, helping in a time of need, finding inner strength, the importance of truthfulness and respect, and giving from the heart.

The Petalwink website is fun and interactive, and also offers cute merchandise for the kiddos who love these books. Angela just shared some exicting news with me the other day — the Petalwink stories are about to become a touring stage production for 2013-2014!

I have a hardback copy of “Petalwink Learns to Fly” that I’d love to give away to one of our Pigtail Pal & Ballcap Buddy families. Leave a comment here as to why your family would enjoy these stories, and Angela and I will pick a winner at 9pm on Friday June 1.

You can purchase Petalwink books HERE.

A couple of Petalwink's friends.

Comments

  1. Colleen says:

    This sounds like such a great book! I have been so excited to make ‘fairy’ houses in my backyard gardens with my kids! This would be such a great introduction to the activity!

  2. suzanne says:

    We would love these books! My 6 year old son loves fairies but has the belief that boys can’t be fairies. :( I keep telling him that there are boy fairies, but I’m only mom, what do I know? I am constantly looking for good fairy books with boys!

  3. I would love to win this book for a little girl I care for, though she is not a member of my family I love her and she could really use some possitive messages, as could her slightly older brother. I would love to read this to them at bedtime. :-)

  4. I would keep this at “Grandma’s house” and share it with all the big and little girls who visit. Thanks for including me in the drawing and special thanks for all you do every day to raise awareness!

  5. Danzel B. says:

    My daughters love fairies, and we have had many discussions recently about why Mommys objects to certain toys/characters, or why she prefers certain ones to others. This sounds perfect!

  6. Penny W says:

    We’re in a stage of voracious book consumption with my 2-year-old (that I hope lasts for a long, long time). I love introducing her to new characters and stories. These look like fun books with good messages.

  7. I have a 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy who defy and fight gender stereotypes. They also both love to read, and I’ve gotten them hooked on poetry. They like reading fantasy and sci-fi novels (among others), so this is right up their alley. My mother-in-law is an artist, so the kids also have an appreciation for illustrations. I haven’t read them a book in a while, and this looks like one all of us could read together!

  8. Ha, you don’t have to give us a copy because I’ve just ordered them all for my kiddies! THank you thank you thank you for letting me indulge my little girls fairy fantasies in an age appropriate and positive fashion… and thank you thank periwinkle is NOT PINK! If I do win another copy, I’ll give it to my daughter’s school so the other kids have a chance to share the dream.

  9. Trish Christie says:

    I would love to have my kids read these stories! I especially love that there are both male and female characters. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Though my girl is not quite old enough to enjoy these yet (only 2.5 years), I have two boys who are almost 8 and 5 who enjoy fanciful, imaginative, original stories. I’m sure that they would love this book and I have been looking for something to begin our summer of reading outloud in the afternoons while their sister naps. Once they finish it, we will pass it around to friends and then bring it back here for my youngest to enjoy someday! All books that come into this home are put to great use! Thanks for considering us in your giveaway.

  11. I would love to read this book to my little girl. She is fairy obsessed :-)

  12. These books look adorable! My 5yo loves all things fairy. Tonight we were reading one of the Rainbow Magic fairy books. I like the series because for the most part it is empowering to girls, but I hate how some of the fairies dress. While their figures are illustrated to be little-girlish (no curves, etc.) the clothes are sometimes too skimpy. So tonight we had a conversation about how an outfit like that (one-shoulder, bare midriff) might not be the most comfortable, etc. My daughter thought it might be cold. So she decided that clothes like that weren’t for real girls, they were for fairies, who have magic to keep their tummies warm. :) I would love to be able to introduce her to some fairies who don’t waste their magic on silly things like keeping their bare tummies warm…lol.

  13. My two kidlets love books so much that they often go to bed with a pile of books rather than stuffies. Good fairy adventures are hard to find, and stories with fun boy fairies as well as girls are even harder to come by, since my son loves fairies as much as his sister. We’d love to have a copy in our house for storytime, and for the kids to cuddle to sleep ;).

  14. Laura Griffin says:

    I’d love this book for my 2.5yo daughter as she absolutely loves books and I’ve been struggling to find any with positive female characters that are colourful, but not sexualised, and not in need of saving!
    Petalwink looks really fun and delightful and I’m sure the book would be a huge hit in our house.
    The illustrations are beautiful too.

  15. My 3.5 year old daughter would love these books! She is such a bookworm! My 4.5 and 6 year old boy also love fantasy stories. It would be a great addition to our library.

  16. Michelle Ludwig says:

    We are a book family. My two children, a son and a daughter, love books. This would be a great addition to our library for both of them.

  17. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I want to win so I can donate it to a local organization called Santa’s Helpers. Each year we adopt families for Christmas and give each child a new outfit, book and toy. Books can install a love of learning, and the kids get so excited when they get to keep a book of their very own.

  18. I would love this book because my two little girls are totally book crazy, and I spend a lot of time finding books like this with positive girl role models, instead of ones that are all Disney-ed out!

  19. This looks perfect for my 6 year old! She is very into fairies at the moment and we just had a big discussion about truthfulness!

  20. We would treasure this book! I think I’ll order them anyway, but it would be a treat to win!! My kids are both avid readers and my 5 year old daughter will love the gorgeous fairie books…beautiful writing and art…doesn’t get much better than that!! Thank you!

  21. My son would love this! And I love exposing him to new stories. He has currently latched on to a Christmas book that he forces my husband and me to read over and over and over, so it would be awesome if he would attach himself to Petalwink and I wouldn’t have to sing “Frosty the Snowman” or “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” in June.

  22. My daughter (7.5 months) is way too young for these books, but my DH and I have been collecting positive media for her to enjoy at every age. These books like they definitely fit the bill! Thanks for posting about them. :)

  23. My boys would love this book. I’m always on the lookout for titles that are off the beaten path- thanks for introducing me to this series.

  24. Gabrielle says:

    I would love to give this to my daughter as an alternative to Tinkerbell. While some depictions of the Disney fairy show her as strong and spirited, others are not so great. I like the idea of male fairies, too.

  25. I have two girls. My oldest is 4 1/2. She loves to have stories read to her. I would love to have a book about fairies that is different from the Disney version that she sees. I showed her the picture of the Petalwink Fairy, and she asked me when we could see that book.

  26. Jeri Thurber says:

    We would love Petalwink. My daughter loves fairies, and the topics sound perfect for her as she is exploring making new friends and new independence.

  27. Kristen says:

    I have a 2 1/2 year old boy who loves books — all books — no matter if the protagonist is male or female. I love the idea of boys and girls being drawn to the same books, with strong, caring, helpful, positive role model characters who are both boys and girls. I think kids need to read books about strong, admirable girls just as much as they need to read books about caring, tender boys, and vice versa. I love the idea of these Petalwink stories!

  28. Jennifer Nowatzki says:

    I would love to have my daughter bring these on bus with her to counter the Brats books that are being shared with her.

  29. My daughter is a huge fan of princesses and fairies and I finally had to concede defeat at avoidance. So, now I’m filling her shelves with ‘good’ princess and fairy ‘role models’. Petalwink would make a great addition to that library!

  30. Catherine says:

    I’d love to share this book with my daughters and son. They love playing fairies, but often don’t have a role for a boy. My son often has to end up being the bad guy! Looks like Petalwink has all kinds of friends, not just ones who look like her! I also love to find new authors and spread the word about wholesome books for kids.

  31. I have two little bookworms in my house that would just eat this book up! My 5 year old daughter and my 2 year old son have me at the library at least twice at week exploring any and all that has popped up on their radar screens. I would love to add this beautiful book to our permanent home library because it has both girl and boy fairies that interact in a positive age appropriate way. Just like my two little ones!

  32. Heather says:

    This book looks awesome!! I love the art work.

  33. We would like these books because my 8-year-old son would (I think) read them to my 16-month-old daughter.

  34. Nicole Theofilos says:

    Finally! Fairy books that are safe for kids to read! My daughter loves fairies, but with Disney the only real option for her (up until now!!!!), I’ve tried to steer her away from them. Not only that, but Georgia is an avid reader, devouring every book in her path! It would make her day to think that she’d won something, especially a book about fairies!

    Thank you Angela for creating these little gems!! xx

  35. It is a constant uphill battle to tell my daughter that she’s beautiful because she’s strong, helpful, and caring not because of her clothes or her hair. As a working mom of two (a girl and a boy), my children go to child care. I picked an older woman with raised children of her own with a quiet demeanor and loving manner. However, some of the things my children come home saying (pink is only for girls, boys drive tractors, boys can’t wear makeup, etc) drive me bonkers. I’ve learned a great deal from this blog to counteract such thoughts (colors are for everyone, t-shirts with girl drivers, and sending my son there with nail polish on). Thus, a book displaying a fairy that isn’t scantily clad and includes boys sounds like another awesome addition to our growing collection of positive images and definitely one to share with our child care environment. Thanks to Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies!

  36. My 2yo would love these books! She loves fairies of the Disney variety but I’d like something a little less sexual… Can’t wait to check these out!

  37. My family would enjoy the Petalwink stories because she sounds like a genuine fairy. We also enjoy interactive stories. The whole family is tired of the princess type characters from Disney so this would be a refreshing change.

  38. My daughter LOVES to read and I love that she loves it! A book about fairies that isn’t from Disney would be a fantastic addition to her summer reading list!

  39. These books look fantastic!!! I am constantly looking to find empowering books for my 4 1/2 year old daughter that doesn’t focus on being pretty and “princess-like”. It’s very difficult, believe me, and it shouldn’t be! Don’t authors out there know how hungry we parents are to provide this type of material to our children??
    We would LOVE a copy of this book, and if we don’t win, we’ll go straight to the website and order them. (wallet has to go to paperbacks, but the hardcovers look beautiful! ) :)

  40. I would love to introduce this character to my wonderful 4 1/2 year old daughter! It is so hard to find books that hold the same values that I want to instill in my little one. We would love to have a copy!! If we don’t win, we will definitely be ordering a set from the website! (though the hard cover looks so beautiful, it would be a nice treat!! ) :)

  41. my 6yo dd would love these books!

  42. Congratulations to Jenny – The winner of the Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies Petalwink the Fairy book giveaway! 

    Thank you to everyone who entered and for the encouraging words! Angela and I would like to make it easier for everyone to have this wonderfully sweet book series…so we’re offering ALL Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies fans 15% off the Petalwink book series (enter code: PALS15 at: http://petalwink.com/shop-petalwink/paperback-books/) AND if you order this week (5/3-5/9) Angela will sign the books and add a personal message to your son and/or daughter!

    Thanks to Melissa for all your support and for conducting this giveaway!

  43. Sorry…that should read 6/3 – 6-/9.

  44. Well, I’m going out on a limb and ordering all 4 without ever having read them. I told my daughter that I was going to order her very special books with a new charachter that I thought she would love. I showed the website and she immediately loved her! (It helps that her fave color is purple!) She asked if she could come to our house! Thanks for spotlighting this books! I prob would not have heard about them otherwise!

  45. This is wonderful! I found this site after searching the net on how to write and illistrate your own childrens’ book. I am even more excited about it because my granddaughter Josie, who loves fairies, just learned to read after turning 5 this past December, and already shows signs of becoming a self-taught Artist like her gram. We will both be checking in from time to time and look forward to reading the books together!

    Thanks!

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