Troubador The Fairy in the Kettle

Released: 28/09/2016

ISBN: 9781785891496

eISBN: 9781788030335

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Fairy in the Kettle


Perfect for pre-school and primary school children, The Fairy in the Kettle takes children on a magical journey to the heart of Bramble Glen, a beautiful fairy village, where protagonist, Leona and all her friends live. Leona knows she is very lucky, she has wonderful friends and family and lives in a beautiful old round cast-iron kettle, a place filled with adventurous fun. Leona fills her days with dancing, listening to music and decorating her kettle. However, how will Leona and friends cope on one particular wild and stormy evening when the fairy village turns into a nightmare...? Leona and her fairy friends are blissfully unaware of the dangers outside as the wind and rain lashes against the windows. Is this just a usual storm or are all the villagers actually in grave danger? Leona and her friends will soon find out... This book will appeal to pre-school and early primary school children. The book is lively with lots of engaging, colourful pictures.

The Fairy in the Kettle has been receiving 4 & 5 star reviews from Netgalley, Goodreads & Amazon. These can be viewed on the Troubadour page for my book or Amazon. Below are some quotes....

“Everything is perfect, from the art to the plot to the words. One of the best children’s books I’ve ever seen”

“A great addition to a family and class library.”

“Tait has created a wonderful wee story for little ones”

“Great stuff all around”

Perthshire Advertiser

Gorgeous illustrations and adorable story! Great as a gift for adults or children. Highly recommend this beautiful book about fairies. Hope there are other books using these same characters in the future!

by Producervan E (NetGalley - reviewer)

This is an absolutely delightful children's book that's strong across the board: vivid, whimsical illustrations, a lovely story, a great layout that is eye-catching both in words and pictures, and some nice underlying themes about being true to yourself and how there is value in many things. I can see this becoming a 'read again, again Daddy' favourite for my two-year-old.

Leona the fairy lives in a kettle in the forest. She loves her home - it's perfect for her - though the other fairies don't understand why she'd want to live in something that's so noisy when it rains. But Leona is undeterred, loving her life and her home, and as a storm hits her fellow fairies come to realise the value in being different.

Tait has created a wonderful wee story for little ones, that is fun to read aloud, and with a really magical sense of fun in the illustrations (quite a different style to many kids' books, but lovely). There are also some really nice and healthy themes bubbling away underneath.

Great stuff all around.

by Craig Sisterson (NetGalley)

Leona the fairy lives in a kettle in the fairy village of Bramble Glen. She loves her home and thinks it is the best one in the village. She loves the way it is decorated as well as the musical sounds the rain plays on it. The other fairies, disagree, they think it is far too noisy when it rains. When a storm hits the village, the fairies head to Leona's kettle for refuge and quickly change their tune.

This is a delightful children's book. The illustrations are large, vivid and colourful. They show that whimsical fairy world. I loved that there were both male and female fairies. The messages in the book range from helping your friends to being strong and true in your belief, it is okay to be different and like different things. This is a cute story to read aloud to young children, especially those who love fairies and magic. I can see this being read to Kindergarten children and talking about Leona and her friends liking different things but still being friends. A great addition to a family and class library.

by Carla Johnson-Hicks (NetGalley)

Bramble Glen is home to Leona and her fairy friends. Leona lives in a beautifully blue kettle and happily dances in her home to the pitter patter of rain drops. But, she is shielded from natures storms. One evening while the fairies were flying over Buttercup Brook, the rains came pouring down. Leona was safe in her kettle but the fairies outside were miserable. When she realized this, she offers them shelter in her home. This sweet read with vivid illustrations is about compassion and friendship.

by Lori Shriver

Told in bright watercolors, this story features a fairy named Leona Rose—living in Fairyland, of all places—who’s happy all the time, partially because she lives in a kettle. She’s decorated it from all the stuff she finds in the forest, painting her walls and making her bed and all kinds of goody stuff. Even the sound of rain on her metal roof made her want to dance, though it irritates her neighbors. That changes when the town is suddenly in need of a storm shelter.
That’s quite an imagination this author has, to come up with this story. Everything is perfect, from the art to the plot to the words. One of the best children’s books I’ve ever seen.

by Paul Franco

This was a cute story and I really liked the drawings. Can see that these would definitely be a hit with younger children, particularly little girls. Can really see it becoming a favourite read.

by Donna Maguire

My daughter and I love this book! We have read it many times. The story is great and the illustrations are beautiful! I will be gifting this book to little fairies in our family!

by Bonnie Gesinger

What is not appealing about a metal kettle in the forest filled with the wonderful finds of a gentle and kind fairy? Nothing. And this book is proof of that. I loved the illustrations. They are whimsical and they are perfect for the pages of a soon to be cherished fairy tale. Reading with the young child in the house made me think back to the imagination of my own childhood when I would look for fairies and their tools. This is the perfect fairy book.

by Vicki Goodwin

Delightful colours and drawings and a very positive story featuring friendship and mutual aid. What else do you need for your kids?

by Marie Longton

Fun adventure with great illistrations! Read it with your kids. Would recommend.

by Rhonda Gothier

The Fairy in the Tea Kettle is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I've read in ages! That alone would reason enough to purchase this delightful story for any child, but the story is beautiful as well!

I don't often read or buy new children's books, however, I'm creating a series of Fairy gardens in my Inn and wanted to add books for the kids to read. The Fairy in the Kettle was the perfect choice! It is a story about differences and acceptance and living in harmony, all told seamlessly without preaching or judgement. But, again, I was mesmerized by the pictures and I know that the kids will be as well! I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

by Mackey Stanley

I went surfing around NetGalley again for some new children’s books to read and I spotted this cute children’s book called “The Fairy in the Kettle” which is written by Pauline Tait along with artwork by Debbie Bellaby and this book was truly adorable to read through!

In the land of Bramble Glen, there lives a village full of fairies and they all lived in various flowers across the village. One fairy however, who was called Leona, actually lived in an old round cast-iron kettle and she loved her kettle home, despite the fact that the other fairies thought that the kettle was too noisy on certain days. One day however, a huge storm hits Bramble Glen and at first, the fairies and Leona are unaware of the storm coming, but when the storm gets worse, the fairies immediately try to find a safe place to hide from the storm.

Will the fairies survive the storm?

Read this book to find out!

Wow! I found this book to be so adorable and inspiring as I not only found it interesting to read a fairy story where the fairy in question lives in a kettle pot, but a fairy story that teaches children about the importance of loving your home for what it is, no matter how strange your home is. Pauline Tait has done a great job at writing this story as I found the story to be extremely cute to read through, especially since it involves fairies doing cute activities like dancing and living in flowers. I also loved the message that Pauline Tait sends to the audience about the importance of having a loving home, no matter how bizarre it is, as I found the story about Leona living in a kettle pot and not caring about its flaws to be truly inspiring! Debbie Bellaby’s artwork is truly gorgeous to look at, especially of the images of the flowers surrounding the fairies and of Leona’s gorgeous pink and purple dress.

The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that the pacing was a bit slow in parts and I wished that more had happened in the story besides the fairies mostly dancing around in the story.

Overall, “The Fairy in the Kettle” is a truly cute story about the importance of staying in a home that is safe and useful to you no matter how different it is from other homes. I would recommend this book for children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

by Ronyell Coaxum

What a lovely little book, fairies and friendship all combine when the wind blows up a storm leaving the fairies in trouble, happily there is one little fairy who loves the rain and is happy to welcome others and all is good in the end. As a story this could be a great way to support little ones who find wind and heavy rain difficult to cope with or just a lovely memory for you little one to remember and keep the magic of nature alive.

by Ruth Frampton

Pauline Tait

I am a Scottish author living and writing in Highland Perthshire and am currently midway through The Fairy in the Kettle series. My first book in this beautiful series has received 4 & 5 Star reviews and has been praised for promoting kindness, thoughtfulness and for being true to yourself.

I am Married with two grown up children and am now enjoying dedicating my time to writing and promoting my books. I have a real passion for encouraging younger children to read and use my many years’ experience as a former Primary Learning Support Assistant to encourage reading when writing and promoting my books.

Published 28th August 2016
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