Care and Feeding of Sprites

"This is a definite winner for Spiderwick fans!"

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Care and Feeding of Sprites

Got Sprites?

Many would have you believe that sprites (or “fairies” as they’re often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don’t let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know — or think you know — about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they, with the assistance of the creative team that brought you the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, provide a resource that will prove to be as essential for the novice sprite keeper as a strong cage and eyes in the back of his or her head.

Published: December 26, 2006
Ages: 9 to 12
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Purchase Info


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“Wonderfully written with sage wisdom and humor, and beautifully illustrated throughout, this delightful book will enthrall Spiderwick fans of all ages. With a cover that folds out into a beautiful poster showing “Representative Sprite Species of the world” and packed with fascinating facts about sprites of all kinds, this is the book which sprite keepers of all ages will not be able to do without. Sprite keepers are strongly recommended to visit the International Spirit League website for more information and assistance.”
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“The beautifully-colored and detailed illustrations of sprites themselves, as well as additional illustrations underscore many of the points and tips offered by the authors, official members of the International Sprite League. Finally, the thick cover of the book is actually a poster that avid sprite fans can hang up in their rooms. This is a definite winner for Spiderwick fans!”
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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.