The Fairy Tale Project is based on a trilogy of children’s stories I wrote which includes Will and the Magical Forest, Will and the River of Enchantment and Will and the Crystal Fairy. In 2010, I began doing Art/Literature Workshops for children with the book’s illustrator, award winning artist Jacklyn Laflamme .
The Fairy Tale Project Trilogy is now available on Amazon. This soft cover book has 100 count 8”x10” pages including 32 full color pages of original artwork, acrylic on canvas paintings, by award winning artist Jacklyn Laflamme painted especially for The Fairy Tale Project Trilogy along with numerous original sketches.
The stories are about an old man, Grandpa Otus, and his grandson Will, a city boy who goes to visit his grandpa out in the country in the small town of Astrophyllite. Will’s grandparents live near a forest that has magical qualities and Will along with Grandpa Otus go on an amazing adventure in this 3 part children’s book trilogy.
What is The Fairy Tale Project? We began in March 2010 with a grant from the Art and Cultural Division of Broward County, Florida. Our unique combination of a fairy tale story told with words and art made the story come alive and has been very well received by children and adults alike. Our goal is to promote reading by inspiring children’s imaginations. We have been guests at a number of story time readings and art/ literature workshops throughout South Florida including a couple of interactive story time readings hosted by Radio Disney in 2011 for Simon Kidgits Club’s “Book Blast” who partnered with The Florida Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida!” for a book drive in Miami-Dade and Broward county malls.
Review: “The Fairy Tale Project combines fantasy images with the written word. The visual language conveyed through artist Jacklyn Laflamme’s jewel colored illustrations takes the viewer into the pages of an imaginative journey. I am thrilled to have been asked to take part in the Fairy Tale Project. Folklore and fantasy should be part of every child’s picture book collection.” – Dr. Timothy Leistner, Adjunct Professor, FL Atlantic University instructing courses in Children’s Literature and Language Arts and co-author of Exploring Language Arts through Literature: Birth-Grade 8 (Kendall-Hunt Publishing Group)
The Fairy Tale Project Trilogy is about Will, a city boy who goes to visit his Grandpa Otus out in the country in the small town of Astrophyllite. The story follows them on an adventure through a magical forest where they meet some delightful and some downright frightening creatures that teach them patience, to take time and enjoy life, and also give them the opportunity to face their fears, something they discover they are capable of through the power of love.
After journeying through one realm after another in this mystical world, they make their way back home with a renewed appreciation for life, and for Grandpa Otus, an understanding of the need to honor his inner child and give him the attention he deserves… which in turn, makes for a stronger and happier adult.
Review: “A children’s book author and an artist join forces to help children read, combining arts and crafts with literacy. Children’s book author Dani Lynn and artist Jacklyn Laflamme want to take children through a magical forest to teach them the beauty of storytelling. The duo will also offer book-reading workshops to schools and organizations.” — Pamela DuQue, Miami Herald
Part One: Will and the Magical Forest – As a young boy, Grandpa Otus had a frightening experience in the magical forest and warned his grandson Will never to go near the dark, wooded area. But Will, upon being distracted by a playful frog, followed it directly into the forbidden forest. Forgetting his own fear, Grandpa ran right in to catch up with Will and right through an unseen portal, finding himself transformed into a young boy once again. Our travelers encounter the dreadful bophants and also the giant Namura who gives them a spell to awaken the Sphinx with the hope that he will show them the way home.
Part Two: Will and the River of Enchantment – Will and Grandpa Otus meet some delightful creatures including fairies, gnomes, an enchanted unicorn and more along the River of Enchantment including the infamous Thiesel the Alligator, as they continue on their journey in search of the Sphinx.
Part Three: Will and the Crystal Fairy – After journeying through one realm after another in this magical, mystical world, Will and Grandpa Otus find themselves in the very peculiar cave of the Sphinx as they attempt to answer his riddle in order to make their way back home. They meet a number of fanciful characters including the magical Crystal Fairy on their memorable journey.
For our metaphysical readers: The spirit energies of the creatures are reflected in their personalities and the encounters with them. Creatures like Joy, an otter who encourages them to take time out to play with her along the river. And the little ladle leap frog, the appearance of which hints that an opportunity for transformation and growth is at hand. There’s also Namura, a giant living in the magical forest. Here’s a secret… the hieroglyphics pictured in her ancient book of spells and incantations are real. They tell the story of a journey, just like the one Will and Grandpa Otus are on. There’s even a Sphinx, a creation of illustrator Jacklyn Laflamme’s imagination. Will and Grandpa Otus also encounter a unicorn along the River of Enchantment, “…a magnificent creature, white with gold hooves and a magical golden alicorn.” The storyline surrounding the unicorn is one of beauty, purity and laughter, a moment of magic for Will and Grandpa Otus.
Review: Lighthouse exhibit explores a fairy-tale world of wonder. “I am just in love with them. The color is so vibrant and some are actually sparkly. They are so eye-catching and happy,” said Shannon Frezza, Curator, Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & School of Art. –Marilyn Bauer, TCPALM/Florida’s Treasure Coast & Palm Beaches