The Fairy Rebel
Everyone knows grown-ups never get to see fairies -- they don't even believe in them. But one day Jan, a grown-up, was sitting in her garden feeling sad when suddenly discovered that fairies can be very real -- and quite extraordinary...Tiki knew she'd be taking a terrible chance if she defied the Fairy Queen and used her power to help a human, but Jan was crying because she wanted so much to have a baby. Tiki, who was the kind of fairy who didn't always obey her queen, just had to do something...Soon, Jan's dream comes true, and she and her husband have a wonderful little baby girl. But Tiki has angered the queen and now she and her human friends are up against the dark and chilling fury of a leader who will not hestitate to unleash her most terrifying powers against them.
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The Fairy Rebel, by Lynne Reid Banks, is the story of a fairy named Tiki who accidentally meets Jan, a human. When Tiki discovers Jan is desperate for a baby, she can't resist disobeying the Queen and fulfilling Jan's wish. Before you begin reading, think about all of the things you already know about fairies.
Jan is described as being roly-poly. What does this mean?
Think about the description of Tiki in the highlighted passage. How does she look different from a typical fairy?
What does it mean when a fairy is "earthed?"
Read the definition for "nasturitum," which is a type of the flower. The image below shows what this flower looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Charlie thinking when Jan tells him about the the fairy she meets?
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Summarize what you have learned about fairies.
Pay attention to the highlighted passage because it contains a detailed description of the baby that Jan longs for.
Read the highlighted passage. Who is the "her" that the fairy is referring to?
As you read, you will be asked to draw inferences from the text. The following video will explain how to do this. (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer is the reason that Jan is feeling happier?
The highlighted passage reveals that Charlie is skeptical about the fairy that Jan claims to have met. Can you recall a time when someone told you a story that you didn't believe? Did the story end up being true?
Describe the winter setting in Jan's garden. Include details from the text in your description.
Study the illustration on the following page and think about the ways in which an elf is similar to and different from a fairy.
Which of the following is not a reason why Wijic wishes he were a human boy instead of an elf?
The highlighted passage reveals that Jan is still worried that her baby will have blue hair. Do you think the baby will be unusual looking? Make a prediciton.
What can you infer about the Queen?
Read the definition for the word, "tyrant" and think about the ways in which the Queen is a tyrant.
Describe the punishments that Tiki could be facing for using her magic to help Jan have a baby.
As you read, think about the personality traits of the characters in the story. Do you have a favorite character so far? The following video will explain how to determine character traits in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Charlie so determined to find Tiki?
Read the description of a wasp's nest. The following image shows what a wasp's nest looks like. Have you ever seen one? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following character traits accurately describes Charlie?
Study the image of the wasps. What do you know about wasps? Have you ever seen one?
Read the highlighted passage. Based on the passage and the events in Chapter 6, how is the Queen feeling?
Read the definition for the word, "gnome." The image below shows what a gnome looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how Tiki uses magic to help Jan have a baby.
Pay attention to the highlighted passage because it explains what the word, "innesterated" means.
Jan and Charlie's baby will be ________.
The highlighted passage is important because it reveals the name Tiki wishes for Jan to give to to the baby and the meaning of this name.
How is Bindi different from a typical human baby?
Every story has a narrator or narrators and a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The point of view of a story shapes what the reader thinks about the characters. There are two main types of point of view, first person and third person. In first person, the narrator uses first person pronouns such as “I”, “me”, and “my” to tell the story. The following video will explain third-person point of view, which is used in this book. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how Jan knows that Tiki has been nearby, despite not seeing her.
Have you ever been in a school play? Did you feel shy like Bindi does before she receives the magic dress from Tiki? Or, did you feel confident like Bindi, once she has the magic dress?
How do Charlie, Bindi and Jan feel when there is no magic birthday rose from Tiki?
What do you think has happened to Tiki? Who do you think left the thorny twig? Make a prediction.
You can infer that the thing that stung or burned Jan is ________.
Think about the descriptive language in the highlighted passage. Can you picture this wasp in your mind?
Who is the narrator of the story?
Have you noticed any themes developing in the story? The following video will show you how to identify a theme in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
What does it mean to "nick" something?
Think about all of the bad behaviors Bindi exhibits once she starts wearing the necklace. How have her character traits changed?
Read the definitions for the words, "torrent" and "avalanche." Can you imagine an avalanche of toys? The following video shows an avalanche. (This annotation contains a video)
How are Jan and Charlie feeling as they try to save Bindi from the pile of toys?
Have you ever seen a prickly holly plant in a garden? The image below shows what holly looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the Queen, focusing on both her looks and her personality. Include details from the text to support your description.
The highlighted passage reveals the ways in which the Queen's magic has caused drastic changes to both Tiki and Bindi. Have you noticed that magic is a central theme in the story?
Think about Tiki's attitude and reaction to the Queen's evil deeds toward her. Which of the following character traits are revealed?
Think about the meaning of the Queen's words, "They are as good as dust already!" Since fairies and elves turn to dust when they die, the Queen is threatening death on Wijic and Tiki.
Which of the following sentences is an example of third-person point of view?
The theme of magic is once again evident as Bindi's magic hair stops the Queen's evil deeds. Think about the ways in which magic has been used for both good and evil in the story.
Read the highlighted passage. What is the meaning of the term "pop-eyed?"
Read the definition for the term, "sari." The image below shows an Indian sari. (This annotation contains an image)
Study the illustrations in the chapter. Describe the setting of "the gathering." Include details from the text to support your description.
In the highlighted passage, Charlie and the fairies decide to help fix the Queen's broken wings, despite her evil ways. Think about other examples of helpfulness in the story, such as Tiki helping Bindi to have a baby, and gnomes helping Wijic find Tiki in the wasps nest. Have you noticed the theme of helpfulness in the story?
How does Bindi feel about her bad behaviors when she was wearing the evil magic necklace?
What do you think Bindi finds in her toy box? Make a prediction before you continue reading.
Describe the ways in which Tiki has been a fairy "rebel" throughout the story. Include examples from the text in your description.