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Heather TomlinsonHeather Tomlinson grew up in California and New Hampshire, graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in French literature. After teaching English in Paris, and French in the U.S., she worked at a book wholesaler. Now she writes the kinds of novels she likes to read. In November 2006, Heather moved onto the 48-foot sailboat Adventure, with her engineer husband and cats X, Y, and Z. When not writing, she can be spotted reading on deck, catching up on the (endless) list of boat chores, or exploring foreign ports. Here’s Heather Tomlinson’s website.

Toads and Diamonds: A nice lesson on the importance of kindness

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

I have always loved the Charles Perrault fairy tale called simply “The Fairies.” A girl goes to a well to draw water for her family and is approached by an old, threadbare woman who asks for a drink. The girl gladly gives her water. As a reward for her kindness, the woman (actually a fairy, disguised) gives the girl a gift: for every word she speaks, a flower or a jewel shall fall from her lips. The girl returns to her stepmother, who is astonished at the gift and resolves to send her own daughter to the well. That daughter is rude to the fairy, who this time appears as a wealthy old woman (thereby foiling the mother’s instructions to treat a threadbare old woman with kindness). The fairy therefore rewards the daughter with a different gift: for every word she speaks, a toad or a snake will fall from her lips. A nice lesson on the importance of kindness!

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More fantasy novels by Heather Tomlinson

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsThe Swan Maiden — (2007) Young adult. Publisher: In the quiet hour before dawn, anything can happen. Doucette can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan-skin like her older sisters. But she must run the castle household while her sisters learn to weave spells. Her dream of flying is exactly thatuntil the day she discovers her own hidden birthright. Sudden, soaring freedom; it is a wish come true. But it comes with a price. As Doucette struggles to find her own way in the world, she risks losing the one she loves most of all.

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsAurelie: A Faerie Tale — (2008) Young adult. Publisher: Once upon a time, three children and a little river dragon were the best of friendsuntil a promise was broken. Now they are almost grown up and barely speaking to one another. Of the four, it is Princess Aurelie who feels the loss the most. How can she prevent a war when she cant even make her friends get along? Heartsick at losing her dearest companions, Aurelie finds comfort in the beauty of fairyland. But a princess cant hide from her duties forever. Her country needs her, and so do her friends, whether they know it or not.