Friday, December 18, 2009


My daughter asked if I believe in faeries. Because she's pretty sure she is one. She just hasn't figured out the flying part yet.

"Of course I believe in faeries," I said. "Obviously if you're a faerie, then I am too."

She stared at me solemnly, trying to figure out what magic could possibly lay beneath my motherly exterior.

We were in the Book Loft, browsing through "A Practical Guide to Faeries," a book that now accompanies her to bed each night as she memorizes the words. I read a passage out loud to her in the store.

"Faerie-touched humans often have huge appetites...sometimes craving...charred toast, raw sugar or a stick of butter."

We both turned to stare at her brother who sat on the floor reading Anthony Horowitz. Her brother who consumes startling amounts of food, who eats pats of butter without bread, who begs for the bowl when I cream butter and sugar together for cookies. He felt our curious gazes and looked up uneasily.


We giggled and ran to the counter to purchase the book.

Sometimes we faeries are mysterious that way!


Today is the 8th Day of Christmas. Are you done with your shopping? You've only got one week left!

Thank you so much for all the fabulous quotes on Wednesday. I was so inspired I would love to give every single one of you a prize, but I can't. So, without further rambling, the randomly selected winner is:

Congratulations Anna! Email me at solvangsherrie at gmail dot com and let me know which book you want.

For the remaining days of Christmas, we're going to do a grab bag from some of the prizes that have not been selected yet. So today, Choice #1 is The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Choice #2 is Undercover by Beth Kephart.

In the comments, tell me the title of a book you bought for someone this year and why you chose that book for them. I'm always looking for good recommendations, especially if they involve faeries :)


Yat-Yee said...

Have you told him yet?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

That is such a fun story - I love it!

My gingerbread men arrived yesterday. The red box and white bow look so Santa-like that I'm going to put it under the tree for them on Christmas Eve. Wonderful!! ;-) Thank you, Sherrie.

Valerie Geary said...

So cute! And now I kind of want the book.....

Sherrie Petersen said...

Yat-Yee: He doesn't believe in faeries, even though he obviously has some touches :)

Shannon: Excellent! I hope they enjoy!

Valerie: It's a great book :)

Susan R. Mills said...

I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet, so I haven't bought any books for anyone, but I plan to. I love the story you just told.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's the PERFECT moment.

So, honest-truth, I did my 10th-grade FACTUAL research paper on fairies. Really. I had to have one (or two?) books and one magazine article (no internet!), and this was years before there were many books on it. Thanks to Mom and librarians for helping me get the research together.

Elana Johnson said...

Excellent story! I'm pretty sure you're both faeries.

I bought PJ Hoover's books for my 11-year old son.

Dawn Simon said...

What a fun story! I bet you could fit it into a book. Hey--I just saw Valerie's comment...It's a sign that you should put that in a story since we both had the same idea. ;)

I buy my kids lots of books. We don't mind stretching the budget for books! I'll name one I bought my nieces: SAVING JULIET by Suzanne Selfors.

MG Higgins said...

I bought the only adult book I've read this year--The Art of Racing in the Rain--for a friend who loves dogs and just lost his beloved greyhound. What's not to like about a novel told from a mutt's POV?

justJoan said...

I'm buying THE FARWALKER'S QUEST (by Joni Sensel) for my sisters and mother. There aren't any fairies in it, but it's a great fantasy. =D

Kelly Polark said...


I bought lots of books for people this year! I just gave my daughter's second grade teacher Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian.

lisa and laura said...

That is such a cute story! I need to get that book for my daughter!

As for books I've bought this holiday season, I got my dad Under the Dome by Stephen King. We love the King in our house.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Susan: I'm usually pretty late with my shopping, too. Glad you like the story :)

Becky: I would love to see that report! Did you get a good grade?

Elana: We're pretty sure we are too!

Dawn: We faeries have lots of fun together! We always stretch the budget for book, too :)

MG: My friend Valerie's book, Sheep, is told from the dog's point of view, too. The only adult book I bought this year was The Help.

Joan: The Farwalker's Quest definitely sounds like a good book. Thanks!

Kelly: My daughter was looking at Insectopedia at the book store. Her class is studying insects, too.

LiLa: I need to read some Stephen King. My only experience with him is Stand by Me which is one of my favorite movies :)

Rebecca Gomez said...

That is a hilarious story about the Faeries! Thanks for the chuckle.

Tess said...

How lucky is your daughter to have such a cool mom?

And - shopping done here. Hooray!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Love that story. Now your daughter will see her brother with new eyes, for sure.
Laini Taylor's Dreamdark series has some amazingly awesome fairies.

Anonymous said...

yay, yay, yay! how lovely to discover two more faeries in the world. :-)

Beth Kephart said...

Sherrie, this is priceless.

It's really beautiful, too.

(and so are you)

Merry Christmas, Sherrie.

Unknown said...

Oh, I love your answer to your daughter!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Rebecca: You're welcome :)

Tess: I can't believe you're done shopping! That's impressive!

Tricia: Dreamdark sounds like an excellent title. Thanks for the recommendation!

Danika: I love discovering more faeries, too :)

Beth K: Thank you! And a merry Christmas to you, too!

Beth: :D

Michelle said...

Too funny! Your son's soulmate consumes pats of butter too! Fabulous story!

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