Review: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree

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Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
by Ellen Potter

My Rating:
★★★★★

Note: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree will be released on Tuesday, August 4th by Random House Children’s. A link to preorder is included at the bottom of this review.

According to the Random House website, “there are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.”

From the first page of Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, Piper’s spunky character and unique way of thinking instantly draws in the reader. Piper is a second grader who has a lot going on: she’s separated from her big brother after he goes to a different school, she has a new teacher who she doesn’t know anything about, and nothing seems to be going just right. One day, she decides to skip school and she ends up having some adventures with a Fairy Tree in her front yard instead.

My favorite thing about this book was the strong character Piper Green plays. She’s quirky, fun, and complex all at once. She wears her brother’s monkey earmuffs 24/7 because she misses him. Children can relate to the way she explains her feelings and observations about the world around her. She’s digs beneath the surface when considering her emotions, which makes Piper Green a great choice for students who are seeking a way to express their own emotions. While Piper is a role model, she’s not perfect, and students can learn from the mistakes she makes while coming to terms with what upsets her.

Piper’s penchant for deep thinking leads to some fantastic passages in this book. She addresses concepts like friendship in ways that will make sense to children, but that will also make them think. For example, her friend Jacob has an ability to understand and empathize with Piper, and she explains this talent in terms of his ability to listen.

Another great aspect of Piper Green is the humor. I found myself laughing out loud reading this book! Both Piper and her little brother explain things in hilarious ways, and Ellen Potter’s writing style is enjoyable and humorous for children and adults alike.

This is a great read for 2nd-4th grade readers, and it will be released this upcoming Tuesday, August 4th! I’m sure Piper Green will become a favorite of many girls and boys for years to come.

Classroom Connections

  • Students can use this book to practice making inferences. At the beginning of the book, we don’t know why Piper is upset, but we are given a valuable clue when she talks about the empty chair at the breakfast table. Students can practice using these clues to predict what may be upsetting piper.
  • In the book, Piper and her friends have to define themselves for a class project. Using the definitions in the book as examples, students can define themselves. For example, Ms. Arabella (proper noun) is defined as a woman with blond hair and green eyes. She is also defined by her favorite things. Students can work to define themselves, which can be used as either a vocabulary lesson or a lesson in identities.

Book Information
Title: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
Author: Ellen Potter
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Release Date: August 4th, 2015
Price: US $14.99
Source: NetGalley – Advanced Review Copy

Find this book on:
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Random House

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this text from Random House Children’s. All opinions in this review are my own!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Ellen Potter
    July 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Lorraine, I adore this review! Thank you! I especially love the Classroom Connections ideas.

    • Reply
      lorrainebronte
      August 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate that you took the time to read the review. I’ll definitely be sharing this book with my students!

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    Sara Grochowski (@thehidingspot)
    August 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I loved Piper’s little brother. I kept laughing out loud during his antics!

    Love your review format and the classroom connections, Lorraine. Your blog is such a great resource.

    • Reply
      lorrainebronte
      August 10, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Thank you so much, Sara – for reading and commenting! From what I’ve seen in other reviews, Piper’s brother definitely seems to be a favorite of lots of readers. I just picked up the second book in the series at my local bookstore, and I can’t wait to give it a read!

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