Princess Lily and the Hair Fairy is the second book in the Princess Lily Series. The author, Sarah Bankuti, is mother to a young girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She created this book series to help her daughter though years of cancer treatments.
In the opening pages of the book, we learn that Princess Lily has lost her hair due to receiving chemotherapy. Her mother, the queen, tells her a bedtime story about a hair fairy who comes to collect sick children’s hair after it has fallen out. Excited by the queen’s story, Lily vows to stay up all night and wait for her hair fairy to come.
Princess Lily stays up very late trying to meet her fairy. Just as her eyes begin to close, a bright light appears. Lily’s hair fairy, Nika, comes to collect Lily’s hair. Nika invites Princess Lily on a magical adventure to show her how the hair fairies turn sick children’s hair into fairy dust. Princess Lily learns the secret use of fairy dust, which leaves Lily feeling like her personal loss has a beautiful impact on the rest of the world.
I admire the original, innovative ideas and sensitivity brought to this significant moment. Princess Lily and the Hair Fairy introduces magic and meaning to a very difficult point a sick child’s life.
I believe this story should be shared not only with all children undergoing cancer treatments, but also with their siblings and peers to foster kindness, support, and understanding.
This book is very well written and easy to understand for a young audience. The illustrations are colourful, creative, and professional. I highly recommend this story for all children aged 3-9.
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