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Svetlana Kovalkova–McKenna has studied Journalism and Broadcasting at Moscow State University in Russia and has a Liberal Arts Degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a writer, an artist and a member of Nashville Artist Guild, mother of three, and a believer in fairytales.
on Jan. 27, 2010 :
The Fairy Book is a wonderfully entertaining story about a girl named Isabel who is chosen by the fairies to fight off a dark sorcerer named Rashkai. The story is written in various styles of poetry, which combine and flow beautifully. In writing this story, Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna teams up with her 9-year-old daughter Alexandra. Alexandra's illustrations are interspersed throughout the story. At the end of the book, Svetlana has included examples of all styles of poetry written by Alexandra.
Both The Fairy Book story and the variety of poetry had me smiling as I read. The world Svetlana and Alexandra created is imaginative, captivating, and just plain fun. This mother-daughter duo is a talented pair and an inspiration for all of us.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2009 :
Fun and Sassy were the two words that sprang into my head after reading The Fairy Book. I loved Isabel’s character, she made me smile. The pace of the book romped along at a good pace and the story flowed well, keeping you engaged all the way through.
I thought the poetry was original, and in this case it really helped the story stay snappy and fresh.
I also liked the examples of poetry at the end of the book. It helped a poetry challenged person like me understand the story more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)