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Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain . . . Illustrated by Karen George, Freddie and the Fairy is a delightful tale full of Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyme and wit, with a subtle message about hearing impairments.

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28th April '17
I read it to Lil aged 2 aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
This books is such a brilliant rhyming book, It has comedy to it and all the characters are really good. The little fairy is super sweet and the little boy cute to. Its a really nice story to teach children about speaking up. 
3rd October '17
I read it to fpea aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We initially bought this book as we love Júlia Donaldson and our sons name is Freddie. But we were actually really impressed with the books subtle message
About hearing impairments. 
Freddie finds a fairy, but she can’t hesr very well and keeps mishearing him, by the end the message about
How to communicate clearly with those around us who have a hearing impairment really shines through 
26th January '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to CCR06 aged 9 aged 9 , to LCR08 aged 7 aged 7 & to GCR13 aged 2 aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
This is, in my opinion, another triumph by Julia Donaldson. It addresses through a light-hearted but lesson-imparting story how to communicate effectively with people with hearing difficulties. 
It shows how easily unclear pronunciation can completely change a word and result in wrong interpretation by the listener. It shows how frustrating this can be for the person with the hearing difficulty and it teaches three simple rules to support effective communication with people with hearing difficulties. 
My three children have all enjoyed this book. I have decided that when my youngest, Georgie (who is hearing impaired), starts school, I shall share the book with her teacher as a tool to help her classmates (and the adults) communicate with her more effectively.
24th March '17
I read it to Bamboo6 aged 6 aged 6 & to Babs aged 2 aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
This is probably one of the lesser well known books by julia Donaldson but it's one of our favourites.  Is what you'd expect from this author in terms of length and content of story,  it's rhyming,  it's beautifully illustrated,  it appeals to 3-6 year old approximately and although not as well known as the likes of stick man,  the gruffalo or room on the broom,  this one isn't simply a nice sharing book but has a message as the fairy is hard of hearing so must lip read so in order to help Freddie,  he must speak clearly and not cover his mouth.  Is a good message for small children who often mumble and are then frustrated at not being heard or understood. Would recommend it. 5*
22nd August '16
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
Freddie helps a trapped fairy... who awards him with a wish.... for a pet..... but she finds the delivery of the wish problematic. Very similar in style to Donaldon's "Monkey Puzzle" in terms of dynamic between 2 characters with one misunderstanding whats said and the other getting increasingly frustrated with the wrong "thing" being delivered. Whereas the butterfly in Monkey Puzzle thinks she is looking for something different-looking to the monkey because she is so different from her own children (ie she has a pre-assumption of what shes looking for), here the mis-communication is driven by the fairy's need to lip reading (as she cannot hear well). It's a very gentle way of explaining the different challenges people face in life, and how you can adapt your own behaviour in order to make life easier for them. 
13th March '17
I read it to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4 & to Darcm aged 5 months aged 0
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
Another fun fabulous book from Julia Donaldson my girls loved it. The illustrations and story had them hanging on to what came next a lovely story which also brought up the conversation about people who struggle to hear us. My four year old then went on to discuss how she would talk to the fairy and wanted to hear the golden rules again so she could remember them. 
17th April '16
I read it to nnkelly aged 2 aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
This has got to be one of my sons favourite books. The storyline is wonderful and the illustrations keep his attention. He's always so excited to see what happens next even though we've read it so many times now! 
3rd June '15
Read to a child aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
This book is fantastic! It is a fast paced, funny, light hearted short story which also teaches children (and adults) a valuable lesson about hearing impairment and communication. The illustrations are quirky and inviting to young children, The characters are perfectly suited to be read to both boys and girls from 2+. I especially enjoyed that I could compare the hard of hearing Fairy to my sons Nana and teach him how communicate more clearly with her. Introducing books with disabled characters from a young age is so important and I feel this book does this beautifully. This is a favourite in our house and I would recommend to anyone with toddlers/young children.
31st December '18
I read it to Albert aged 2 aged 2
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book to my son, it has a lovely message in it too from the fairy queen about speaking clearly and if someone is struggling to hear to make sure they can see your mouth. Quite funny too 
5th November '18
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4 & to Squidge aged 1 aged 1
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
We loved this book , a bit different from Julia Donaldson's other stories. The fairy in this story wears a hearing aid and keeps misunderstanding Freddies wishes with funny results. It talks about how we can make it easier for people who have hearing problems to understand us and was great for my daughter who had a couple of friends at nursery with hearing impairments, it helped her to understand how she can make it easier for them. 
13th March '19
I read it to Explorer aged 4 to 5
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
I have enjoyed reading this book with the children in my class, especially this year as we have a Hearing Impaired child and several children with Speech and Language difficulties. A lovely gentle introduction for the children to discuss speaking clearly and checking your listener has heard you correctly.
12th July '18
I read it to aiwilford aged 6 aged 6
Freddie and the Fairy 9780330511186
5 stars
Another great book by Julia Donaldson. My little girl had hearing problems and I thought this dealt with the issues really well. It makes my little one laugh when the Fairy keeps getting the wishes wrong. 
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