A Magical Wish…
If you were a fairy who could make a big wish, what would your wish be?
The River Fairy lives in an enchanting crystal house by the lazy Dream River. What more could she possibly want? With the help of a dazzling magical crown, the fairy’s most desired wish comes true! Can you guess what her wish might be?
The story concludes with the message that delighting in the innocence of childhood is even more amazing than all the magical things we make up. Childhood is an enchanting gift. She realizes that the best parts of childhood are to be able to read adventurous tales, play games, and dream beautiful dreams, which is what this fairy wants most.
This lyrical story reveals the River Fairy’s wish through song. Much of the tale follows the tune of the old folk song “Green Grass Grows All Around,” and children will love the singsong quality of the story. The audiobook edition of The River Fairy’s Wish features the singing talents of vocal actor Megan Rutledge.
Targeted Age Group: 2-8
Genre: Children’s Audiobooks
What was your inspiration for this book?
The inspiration for this story was the poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus" by W.B. Yeats, which is one of my favorite classic Irish poems. In it, a magical being, a little silver trout, turns into a girl with apple blossoms in her hair, and she disappears into the morning light to be forever pursued by the man who witnessed this amazing transformation.
I wrote the song "Dream River Flows All Around" as a tribute to my dad, who often sang to me as a child and is one of my fondest memories of childhood. One of the songs I remember him singing was the folk song "Green Grass Grows All Around."
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
Because of its lyrical nature and because the song makes up half of the book, I wanted children not only to appreciate the repetition of that part of the story along with the beauty of the artwork, but I wanted them to be able to hear the music within the words and to appreciate the tune of the folk song that inspires it.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
I found Megan online and loved her voice. When I asked her to try to sing the song within the story, she took that endeavor head on and did a wonderful job on her first try.
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