Great story for younger children about a fairy, Prudence Willowfig, on a quest to win her wings. We learn a lot about Prudence in the first part of the book as her character is built by describing her interactions with other fairies, an interesting and humorous way to introduce the reader to Prudence.
Ms. Powell's fanciful fairy names, such as Cherry Nightdew or Pervinca Bitterdove, add to the wonderful tidbits of information we learn about each one. The author floats a number of names, and one can only hope that she has built an entire world of children's books around such interesting characters.
SPOILER ALERT, so send the kids away :) -- I found it quite different to end a story such as this one without completing the quest. Prudence even frets about whether or not she did the right thing, just as anyone might, and eventually decides that it had to be a good thing to help another person. The book ends with Prudence excited and confident about completing her quest, so even though the quest is not completed, we are still treated to a feeling of success. It is a rare book where one can learn something without feeling that the lesson has been beaten into you.
Definitely a winner, and a book that will cause me to search for those other fairy books I hope the author has already written.