I'll tell you in a minnie. But first, watch this:
A new website launched last week. It is called the Fairy Godmother Academy and it includes games, online & offline activities, music and protected social networking. It's launch is timed to coincide with a new series of books with the same title by author Jan Bozarth . Its target audience is girls of Jemimah's age up to young teens.
My daughter would love this website if she ever sees it. She'd love the books too - if she ever gets hold of them - which I hope she doesn't - because I don't like them at all. Read the website blurb to see what I mean:
Before there were finishing schools, therapists, or how-to books there were fairy godmothers. Theirs was a legacy of magical Wisdoms, an academy of powerful women with the gifts of Singing Stones, Spirikins, Kalis Sticks, and Magic Hand Mirrors. These powers were handed down through generations to daughters, sisters, nieces and grand daughters.Um yeah. So what is this inner Wisdom that they want to introduce my daughter to?
The Fairy Godmother Academy is a book series and trans-media brand that introduces preteen girls to their inner Wisdoms by connecting them to a school of the heart in a dream world called Aventurine.
The Fairy Godmother Academy believes every girl is brave, magical, creative and rare; that every girl already possesses deep within her a special power called Wisdom, that dreams connect girls to this inner Wisdom; that by listening to her inner voice, each girl will follow her unique path; and that every girl can be the best version of herself, and together, girls can make the world a better place.
Frankly speaking - and I am wont to be frank, you must admit - I find this website creepy. Scary even.
I do not like these books.
Which brings me to Harry Potter. The Harry Potter books have been constantly in the banned list at American libraries since their release due mostly to the efforts of Christian parents. I haven't read the books. I did see the first movie when it was released, a long time ago. I thought the movie was okay. It didn't scare me and it didn't creep me out. Maybe that's why well meaning Christian parents are afraid of the books - the evil is insidious - gradual and accumulating; harmful but enticing. I didn't see it it the first movie, but the concern of these parents has stopped me reading the books and really has me undecided about whether I will allow Jemimah to read them.
Not so The Fairy Godmother Academy. I know I don't like these books. At all. They are New Age religion wrapped in fairies and mermaids and pink fluffiness. That's why they're dangerous, and that's why I am writing this.
They scare me. A lot.
I'm afraid of these fairies.