Today is the Shortest Day!!


Susan Cooper is a truly great children’s literature writer. She wrote many magical books, including the fantastic five book series, the Dark is Rising. She also has out a new book, Ghost Hawk, set in New England! Woo-hoo! We’ve bought a copy for one of my kids for Christmas (mum’s the word) and I can’t wait to read it myself!!

Here is an excerpt from her book: The Magic Maker, a Portrait of Jack Langstaff, Creator of the Revels, followed by a video of her reading the same poem:

The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
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A great rhyming fairy delight! Just in time for friendlyfairytale’s midwinter festival!! Woo-hoo! Everyone stay warm and light your lights, even if only your inner light! 🙂 Brenda



(For Halley)

This animal faerie appeals

Wearing her orange peel high heels…

Her swim suit attire

Awaits the transpire

Of swimming with otters and eels.

Her skirt is a fine autumn leaf

With her swimsuit and herself beneath…

She greets a new dawn

By waking a fawn,

Her time before daylight is brief.

Like water faeries off a pond,

This animal faerie’s beyond…

The sight of adults

Who prefer the pulse

Of things to which they can respond.

Stay in faerie worlds while you’re able,

Before you lose interest in “fable”…

There may come a time

To hear other rhyme,

With new interests spread on your table!

—Uncle Jonathan Caswell

(I keep the faeries in my heart…so should you!)

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