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Poetry Friday: Jane Yolen’s Come to the Fairies’ Ball

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Hello. Fats here.

Our Poetry Friday offering today is in keeping with our theme, “Goddesses, Fairies, Spirit-Stars, and Celestial Beings.” I was fortunate to find a copy of Jane Yolen’s book entitled Come to the Fairies’ Ball from the Sumter public library. (Note: All book photos are taken by me.) Beautifully illustrated by Gary Lippincott, Come to the Fairies’ Ball is a rhyming picture book that has a classic Cinderella feel to it. Poetry Friday round-up this week is hosted by the lovely Katya from Write. Sketch. Repeat.


Jane Yolen’s lyrical storytelling never fails. The book begins with a King’s invitation to all the fairies to come to the Fairies’ Ball.

Come one and come all.
Come great and come small.
Come winged and come wingless,
bejeweled or ringless.
Come walking or riding.
Come gawking or gliding.
Come soaring or sliding.
Come all, come all
to the Fairies’ Ball.

Now, who wouldn’t want to go to the ball? I bet the fairies are going crazy about making preparations for the ball!


And then what a tizzy, a flap, and a pother,
A terrible fooforaw, swivet, and bother,
A twitter, a dither, oh my! what a rumble,
A fret and a fuss and a fidget and a grumble.

The following lines are my favorite from the book. The fairies’ modes of transportation to the ball are fascinating, and Gary Lippincott’s artwork on the spread looks marvelous!


They rode off in wagons,
On turtles, on hares.
They wre packed piggybacked
Into butterfly chairs.

They were towed by swans
They were rowed there by fish,
And one group of five
Got there fast on a wish.

And those who had wings
Flew themselves to the Hall,
And they all came on time
To the Fairies’ own Ball.

I did say this book has a Cinderella feel to it, didn’t I? While everyone hurried and scurried to the kingdom to attend the Ball, one fairy, bereft and forlorn, couldn’t go to the Fairie’s Ball because her dress was raggedy and torn. Luckily, the busy (giant) ants in her house reminded her that work makes matters better. So our fairy Cinderella put an end to her weeping and proceeded to work on her fairy gown. It’s a good reminder that we don’t need a fairy godmother to do the problem-solving for us. We are capable of finding solutions on our own.


She got up and sewed
Three petals together
And used what was left
For the softest shoe leather.

She fastened the fringe
Of a fern for a shawl,
And late—oh so late—
She took off for the Ball.

Will she make it to the Ball? I will leave that for you, dear readers, to find out.
Don’t forget to drop by the Poetry Friday round-up to read more poems and share your own! Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!


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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

10 comments on “Poetry Friday: Jane Yolen’s Come to the Fairies’ Ball

  1. Jane’s words sound so lyrical and playful, I definitely will be looking for it, especially with these gorgeous illustrations! Thanks for alerting us, Fats 😀


    • Fats Suela

      Oh, you’re welcome! And please do! It’s so worth your time. There are more verses in the book that I have not shared so you are definitely in for a treat! Thank you for dropping by! =)


  2. Catherine Johnson

    This sounds super! I love the self-sufficient message too.


    • Fats Suela

      Hi Catherine! Yes, it’s certainly better to be a self-sufficient woman than a feeling helpless girl! Have a great weekend ahead! =)


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  4. A magical story as only Jane could tell it. Love that “transportation” stanza too, and now I want a butterfly chair. So, what should I wear to the Ball? 🙂


  5. Thanks for sharing this, Fats. I especially love the wordplay in this stanza:
    >>And then what a tizzy, a flap, and a pother,
    A terrible fooforaw, swivet, and bother,
    A twitter, a dither, oh my! what a rumble,
    A fret and a fuss and a fidget and a grumble.<<
    Hope you have a beautiful weekend, too!


  6. I love the words, the wonderful words in this! Thanks for sharing. And what marvelous illustrations, too!


  7. What a great book! I’ll check it out! 😀


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