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Love love love this book. There simply are not enough children’s books which touch on disability, especially deafness. This is a sweet and funny story about a fairy who gets wishes wrong because Freddie is unclear in his requests. It encourages the little reader to consider how to ensure they are heard by someone with difficulty hearing. It’s reads well with a nice flow and perfect length for bedtime reading. I’ve bought 3 of these books having loaned my first to son’s reception class and they loved it so much I gifted it. I’ve bought for friends and will definitely buy again as someone who is deaf I don’t think we can start creating awareness too soon in children.
My daughter is deaf and I heard about the book from another parent who recommended it. Freddie helps the fairy out of a bit of a fix, and so she promises to grant all his wishes but warns she can't hear very well. When his wishes keep getting muddled the Fairy Queen has to step in with 3 golden rules to help the fairy understand him. The message it imparts is so important, providing some key information about communicating with those who have hearing problems in a way that is really accessible. Having read it I went and ordered a second copy for my daughter's nursery who are keen to share it with the other children to help them understand.
In other reviews I note people have mentioned the illustrations. I love the pictures in The Gruffalo and other Julia Donaldson books but this one has a different illustrator and I was a bit disappointed that it isn't even clear from the pictures whether the fairy is wearing a hearing aid, cochlear implant or whether it's just a hair grip. Whatever I might think my daughter loves this book and will tell me what the pictures show so they're not bad by any stretch of the imagination.
I'm hard of hearing and I needed a nice way of explaining to my children (one of which is autistic) why it is so important they follow these "gold rules". Has definitely done the job and my son gets really excited when he remembers the rules to talk to me. It was also a good point of discussion on disability/ having patience that it can be upsetting for people to constantly be getting it wrong/ asking to repeat etc and sometimes just making a few simple changes can make the world of difference.
An excellent story of Freddie and the Fairy. This story leaves children with a simple and clear message, and that is on clear communication. I used this in class and when recapping the three rules, all of our children had 'bad' conversations where they didn't follow the rules in order to understand why it is so important. Perfect for deaf awareness.. and just the mumblers!