Friday, March 15, 2013

Princess April Morning-Glory Blog Tour

Princess April Morning-Glory by Letitia Fairbanks

About The Book:
Children's book Princess April Morning-Glory surfaces after more than 70 years with inspiring message for kids and adults. What kind of a world would you create, if you had to do three good deeds to make it home again? The answer to that crucial question, as given by the title character in Letitia Fairbanks' charming fairy tale, Princess April Morning-Glory, tells a unique and captivating story. Although she lives a fabled life in a paradise called Fairyland, the princess makes a fateful decision to step outside of her cloistered existence to face the outside world and all of its temptations. Once outside The Enchanted Forest, the princess longs to return home, but she is told by a benevolent wizard that she must first do three good deeds. She follows his sage advice and starts her journey home, performing three good deeds, peerless in the annals of fairy tales. But along the way, Princess April is tempted by the wicked Fairy Misery with the promise of riches and fabulous fairy wings if she remains in the outside world and does Misery's bidding. Which life will Princess April choose? For its writing, beautiful illustrations, and moral weight, Princess Aprily Morning-Glory - written and illustrated by Letitia Fairbanks over seven decades ago - can be compared to such classics as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince and Walt Disney's classic film Fantasia.

My Thoughts:
I love the history of this book! How cool is it that it was written over 70 years ago? I love that. It is a beautifully put together tale for children, though I think I may have enjoyed the book more than Callan did! It is a great story, and beautifully illustrated.

About The Author:
Letitia Fairbanks was the niece of the fabled silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford. Born in 1913, Letitia spent much of her childhood and early adulthood at Pickfair, the legendary estate built by Fairbanks and Pickford. When she started writing and illustrating Princess April morning-Glory, in her twenties, as a homage to her recently-deceased uncle, Letitia used an ensemble of current celluloid legends as inspirations for her illustrations. The book was first copyrighted in 1941 and has not seen the light of day since. Visit to read how this fairytale emerged from old Hollywood 70 years after it was written. Find out more about Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, who lived a life guided by artistic passions and Kelley Smoot Garrett, Letitia's step-daughter, who has brought this book to life in the name of her beloved stepmother.

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