In “Letter By Fairy Post,” the sight of a leprechaun sipping tea from a thermos sends a fisherman into the drink and another fellow to fall in the boat. ILLUSTRATION BY DEB BELYEA

Mystical Irish landscape explored in children’s book

Book review

“Kathryn, the rhythm of the natural world changes with the seasons, with morning dew and evening shadows, with rain, wind, hail and snow, sunrise and sunset, starlight and moonlight,” writes Penobscot author Bundy Boit in her latest children’s book.

“Letter by Fairy Post” is written as a letter to Boit’s granddaughter, who as a child loved building fairy houses and exchanging letters with the dainty winged creatures.

The story, penned “with berry juice at the end of a bird feather” and dispatched from County Mayo, Ireland, takes young readers on a whimsical and meandering journey into the Irish countryside. There, fairies dance on the backs of swans and a leprechaun sips tea from a thermos — much to the shock of the human fishermen who spot him.

Because the text is relatively long for a children’s book, it is best suited for school-age readers, not preschoolers.

The story will feed into children’s innate fascination with the unseen and mystical as well as their thirst for knowledge about the practical world. Lush descriptions of the Irish landscape and wildlife are both evocative and educational. It’s a familiar landscape to Boit, who visits the west of Ireland frequently.

Surry artist and retired school art teacher and principal Deb Belyea further brings the fairies and their world to life with her illustrations.

The book was printed by Downeast Graphics and Printing in Ellsworth and is available at several local independent booksellers, including Union River Book & Toy Co. in Ellsworth, BookStacks in Bucksport and Blue Hill Books.

The book is dedicated to “all those who believe in fairies and even those who don’t.”

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

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