Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Disney Fairies: The Pirate Fairy - The Chapter Book by Stacia Deutsch

Title: Disney Fairies: The Pirate Fairy - The Chapter Book
Author: Stacia Deutsch
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12

The Pirate Fairy: The Chapter Book is based on the upcoming latest installment in the Disney Fairies movie series, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on April 1, 2014. In this book, Zarina the dust keeper fairy experiments with fairy dust and runs away after getting in trouble for messing with something so important and powerful.  The book then jumps forward a year to when the real trouble and adventure begins with Zarina returning as a pirate fairy and steals the blue fairy dust.  Tinker Bell and her friends set off after her to retrieve the dust leading to also saving Zarina and it interestingly actually turning into sort of a back story on Captain Hook.

Overall this is an adventure filled book that will especially appeal to fans of Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies franchise.  Along the way there is a good amount of problem solving that includes using different fairy talents, which in itself ends up require a new level of cooperation with their talents getting mixed up.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of the Disney Fairies
  • Those that are inquisitive and like to experiment may relate to Zarina's wondering about why the pixie dust does things and experimenting with it. (Logical-Mathematical)
  • The way the fairies use their different talents to work together and eventually save the day are good examples of teamwork. (Interpersonal, Logical-Mathematical)
Activities for Further Learning and Fun
  • Introduction to Scientific Experimentation Lesson Plan - With Zarina finding her talent as an Alchemist, this book could be interesting to pair with science curriculum and more specifically chemistry.
  • The Pirate Fairy Inspired Crafts - This is a collection of activities inspired by the movie.  It includes paper lanterns, a fairy cottage, a bookmark, and more.
  • The Pirate Fairy Website - Learn more about the movie, play games, and find activities on this site.  The activities include a coloring page, pirate crafts, a maze, a magical pixie dust lamp, and more.
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