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Piccolissima   By: (1787-1860)

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Piccolissima by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen is a heartwarming and thought-provoking story that explores themes of love, humility, and the power of friendship. The narrative follows the journey of Piccolissima, a tiny fairy who dwells in the depths of a forest. This enchanting tale captivates readers with its lyrical prose and beautifully descriptive language, transporting them into a world filled with magic and wonder.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in the way it portrays the character of Piccolissima. Despite her small size, the protagonist exudes a strong sense of determination and resilience, which resonates with readers of all ages. Through Piccolissima's encounters with various creatures in the forest, Follen skillfully weaves a poignant story that highlights the importance of self-acceptance and embracing one's unique strengths.

The author's imaginative storytelling effortlessly draws readers into the enchanting world of the fairies, where they find themselves embarking on a captivating adventure alongside Piccolissima. Follen's attention to detail and vivid descriptions breathe life into the forest setting, allowing readers to experience the sensory delights and nuances of nature.

Moreover, the themes explored in Piccolissima go beyond the realm of fantasy. Follen incorporates underlying messages that encourage kindness, empathy, and understanding. Through the interactions between the characters, the author highlights the significance of embracing diversity and supporting one another. This message serves as a valuable lesson for readers, reminding them of the importance of acceptance and inclusivity in their own lives.

The pacing of the story is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged throughout. Follen's ability to seamlessly transition between moments of suspense, adventure, and reflection adds depth and complexity to the narrative. This approach ensures that readers of all ages will find something to enjoy in the book, whether it is the thrilling encounters, the thoughtful reflections, or the whimsical atmosphere.

In conclusion, Piccolissima is a timeless tale that will captivate readers of all ages with its enchanting storyline, relatable characters, and poignant messages. Eliza Lee Cabot Follen's skillful storytelling and vivid imagery create a rich and immersive reading experience. This book serves as a beautiful reminder of the power of love, friendship, and the beauty of embracing one's true self.

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With illustrations by Gammatt Billings and others


This little story I have translated from the French of Mademoiselle Montgolfier. If children enjoy it as much as I have, and think it as pretty, they will not regret that I have preferred it to any thing I could write for them.

Mademoiselle Montgolfier says in her preface to the little book, "Notwithstanding the fanciful character of this story, it is, in fact, simply a little lesson in Natural History," and that "she would engage for the truth of all that Piccolissima relates of the manners and customs of the insects with whom she makes acquaintance."

It may also interest our young, and, perhaps, our more advanced readers, to know, that Mademoiselle Montgolfier is the daughter of the celebrated Montgolfier who invented balloons, and made the first ascension. I had, when in France, the pleasure of seeing this very interesting lady, and know her affection for children; and I am sure that it will please her to know that her tiny naturalist is welcomed by the American children. I therefore feel a particular pleasure in introducing the wonderfully small Piccolissima to their acquaintance, and recommending her to their affectionate regard.

E. L. F.

BROOKLINE, October, 1857.

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