Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Fairy Ring: Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

This nonfiction book may need some selling to get it in the hands of readers. The background story is this—during World War I a couple of English girls took photos of themselves with paper fairies in them. The photos were later discovered and thought to be real photos of fairies. Elsie and Frances gained a lot of fame and scrutiny for the photos but didn't let on that they were a hoax for many decades. This is the story of how and why they took the photographs, and why educated people in the early 1900s (included Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) believed in photographs of fairies. It's a relatively short, easy read about a strange piece of history. A fun and fascinating work of nonfiction for intermediate and middle school readers.

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