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The Counterpane Fairy

Katharine Pyle

Book Overview: 

A little boy, recuperating from a lengthy illness, is entertained by visits from the Counterpane Fairy, who treats him to stories associated with each of the squares in the counterpane (quilt) on his sickbed. She has him concentrate on one of the squares until it turns into something like a doorway into the story. Once inside the story, he becomes its lead character until it fades out as if he’s awakening from a dream.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Teddy, moving them.

"For mercy's sake! no," said the fairy, clutching at the quilt. "You might upset me. Keep right still and I'll show you another story."

"Oh, yes!" cried Teddy; "please do; and let me go to the golden castle again."

"No, I can't do that," said the Counterpane Fairy, "for that was yesterday's story, and this will be another."

"But what became of the princess?" asked Teddy.

"Oh! she married the hero, of course," said the fairy.

"But I thought I was the hero."

"There, there!" said the fairy, impatiently, "I told you that was yesterday's story, and if you want to see any more you must choose another square."

"Well, I will," said Teddy. "May I choose that green square?"

"Yes," said the fairy. "Now fix your eyes on it while I count."

Teddy began to stare at the green square so hard that he scarcely winked, but he heard the Counterpane Fairy counting on in her . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I just thought of this book from my childhood. I LOVED it. I just bought a copy. The concept of a story for each square of a patchwork quilt enthralled me. I could see all the colors described. I have a vivid visual memory of the stories.

I loved this story so much, I read this book several times as a child. It is an imaginative, engaging and entertaining tale about an ill child who is unexpectedly visited by the Counterpane fairy that takes the child and the reader on several magical journeys.