I’ve read Paul Day’s delightful Black Fairy book and had intended to do a review here soon, but I’ve decided to reblog these passionate words of the author instead. Weeks later, I still feel a warm glow in my heart from this story. A whole different experience would be gained from reading to a child, as the words flow so beautifully.
No Hidden Agenda in Black Fairy Book
By Paul G Day
I just read an article about why parents are not buying children’s books with black characters and I have to say I am shocked and appalled. It appears that we in Western society are still governed by old prejudices and children’s literature is not immune. When I wrote The Black Fairy & The Dragonfly, I did not set out with an agenda other than to write a fantastic tale. I chose a black fairy because I wanted to make my character different, unusual and as most children’s books have fairies with light skin, I decided to do something readers would not expect.
I was not motivated by politics, nor a sense righteous indignation. I just had a simple idea to make my character shine and grow to become the hero she was always meant to be. She neither asks…
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