Fairies Afield is a cutesy book filled with kind and generous children/teenagers doing wonderfully charming and sweet things, for which they receive magical rewards from fairies. It's saccharine and childish, and I honestly kinda loved it. Seriously, this book stopped just short of being too much, and aside from a few paragraphs where descriptions dragged on a bit too long, the stories were all a wonderful read.
There are a few warnings to give, however. Because of the age of this book (1911--over a hundred years old!), there are a few things that today's audience might find objectionable. First is the gender roles, especially the women. It's not too bad, but there are a few points where the various female characters talk down about themselves, and...I don't know, it just felt very antiquated. Probably not a big deal.
The second warning is even less of a deal, and that is that several words that are now used as offensive slurs against certain people are used in the book. In the text they have their old meanings of "strange," "happy," and "sticks," but I like to warn people when they're going to run into those words, because invariably someone will be offended. Try not to let it be you.
The four stories are:
"Ask the Robin": Two orphaned sisters need to survive on their own, but may need the fairies' help to do so
A Magic Table: Three impoverished cousins must earn the right to inherit their uncle's fortune
The Weather Maiden: A shy young girl has a terrible time adjusting to living with her aunt and uncle--at least until she gets some supernatural assistance
The Enchanted Trunks: When a girl agrees to travel with her cousin, her main worry is being able to pack everything efficiently
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