The Fairy Song

Janis Mackay; Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane

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  • An enchanting and unique story of a child's discovery of the world of fairies
  • From award-winning Scottish author and storyteller Janis MacKay
  • A story of magic, standing up for yourself and finding happiness, rooted in the traditional fairy stories of Scotland
  • Luminous artwork by Indian illustrator Ruchi Mhasane sparkles with magic and joy
  • A fairy tale for all children, with diverse, inclusive representation

When Rose hears beautiful music coming from the forest, she is soon swept up into an enchanting secret world. This beautifully illustrated tale of old fairy magic and Midsummer song is steeped in Scottish folklore. From the creators of The Selkie Girl.

294 x 219 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Tales
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
24 Jun 2021
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales


Rose lives with her parents in a small cottage in the forest. Her family are poor and hardworking, and Rose yearns for fun, friendship and flowers.

One Midsummer's Day, walking wearily home, Rose hears beautiful singing and follows the joyful sound deep into the trees. As she listens, a flurry of fairies bursts out of a tiny door in the side of a hill! One of the fairies invites Rose to join their party.

Entering the fairy world, Rose is enchanted with her new friends and gladly joins in with their Midsummer song. Will she ever want to leave?

Inspired by traditional Scottish stories of fairy folk, celebrated storyteller Janis Mackay weaves a magical tale that will capture any child's imagination. Ruchi Mhasane's delightful illustrations sparkle with joy and vitality.

The Fairy Song is a delightful new book from the creators of much-loved traditional Scottish tale The Selkie Girl.


'This is a lovely story with themes from Scottish folklore. The exquisite pencil and watercolor art uses pastel colors and many beautiful images of flowers, along with the adorable fairies flitting around, to create a gentle, magical feel to the story. It's wonderful that the fairies have a variety of skin colors and genders, and that Rose herself has brown skin. There aren't many western folktales that have any but white skinned characters, so this is a welcome addition to the canon, and will delight young fairy lovers of any race.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'The Fairy Song is an ever enchanting children's fairy tale with ancient roots that seem to stretch both backward and forward into time… The Fairy Song is a tale with old sources in Scottish tales, enhanced immeasurably by delicate, dancing flower fairy illustrations, with characters including the fairies of multi-colored skin and beautiful blendings of the races. A magical and enchanting tale, rich with meaning and gifts for all.'
-- Midwest Book Review


Janis Mackay is a prize-winning children’s author, storyteller and creative writing tutor. She writes picture books and middle-grade novels including The Selkie Girl, The Wee Seal and the Magnus Fin trilogy. Her novel The Accidental Time Traveller won a Scottish Children's Book Award and in 2019 was adapted into a musical by British Youth Theatre. Janis currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ruchi Mhasane has a masters degree in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She currently lives in India, where she grew up. She is the illustrator of The Selkie Girl.

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