Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
by Ellen Potter, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 4 Mar 2021
Publisher Spotlight Audio, Live Oak Media
From award-winning author Ellen Potter comes a charming new chapter book series where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.
There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.
Life on an island in Maine is always interesting. But when a new teacher starts at Piper’s school—and doesn’t appreciate the special, um, accessory that Piper has decided to wear—there may be trouble on the horizon. Then Piper discovers the Fairy Tree in her front yard. Is the Fairy Tree really magic? And can it fix Piper’s problems?
★“Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic. Piper has a winning combination of stubbornness, loyalty, and independence, which Leng ably portrays in her loosely inked, gently humorous artwork.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Piper is brave and tough on the surface, and her sense of loss lies at the heart of the conflict. Written with humor as well as pathos, the first-person text shows her confused emotions and her resiliency as well. An appealing debut for the series.” —Booklist
“Potter puts her own stamp on the spunky-quirky-stubborn girl story. . . . A satisfying, accessible, funny early chapter book.” —The Horn Book
Average rating from 37 members
First of all, I loved the narrator! Her voice is so full of curiosity, which is what children should be encouraged to have. I enjoyed the story. It takes place in an idyllic island but also manages to stay grounded. The characters are all relatable, and Piper’s inner thoughts are well articulated. The plot points are interesting and novel without being unrealistic. My toddler may be a bit young to follow the plot of this story, but she’ll still enjoy listening to it in the car, thanks to the wonderful voice of the narrator! Many thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC.
I listened to this audiobook with my nine year old daughter. Together we wrote a mother- daughter review: We think it is a funny book! It reminds me of Pipi Longstockings with similar funny names for people and places. Piper doesn’t want to go to second grade anymore! Her teacher will not let her wear her very special monkey earmuffs from her brother Eric. Piper doesn’t want to take off her monkey earmuffs for anyone or anything! So she decides to hide in a special tree, the fairy tree, where she finds a face peering back up at her... a fuzzy kitten! The fairy tree’s rule is you take a treasure you leave a treasure. That’s how the fairy tree works. So for the box of kittens Piper leaves her monkey earmuffs, her special treasure. In the end Piper get to see her brother again and names the kittens after her favorite monkey earmuffs. We enjoyed our time with Piper on Peek-a-Boo Island!