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My thoughts: This book reminded me of Frederick by Lio Lionni. I appreciated how there were fairies who didn’t appreciate their fellow fairy’s habit of collecting things. Then they learned to appreciate his habit when he creates something legendary. Appreciated the message for children and adults: you don’t have to fit in to be special, do what interests you.
Classroom connection idea: This could be a fun discussion with children with questions like:
What things do you do to help others?
What do you create on your own?
What is another thing Artie could have done with the things he created?
Have you ever noticed someone who doesn’t fit in with others?
Is there anything you can do to help them feel more welcome, be a friend?
Goodreads Summary: “This is not a typical fairy tale, and Artie is not a typical fairy. Artie is a misfit. His fellow Dust Fairies have a knack for dirtying people’s houses. They fire soot from their slingshots and enter crumb-spitting contests. While we sleep, they spread dust everywhere. Artie doesn’t make messes. He has a unique habit of collecting things. The other Dust Fairies don’t care for Artie’s collection of tidbits, so he spends his nights alone. One cold night, Artie’s loneliness leads to inspiration, and he creates something legendary. His story will have families looking at Dust Bunnies in a new light and may actually give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms. Artie’s story helps kids realize that we all have unique gifts and not everyone fits in with the crowd.”
Appreciated watching this video about how the book was created:
If you are interested in learning more about this creative author, visit this site:
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