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Little Fur: The legend of Little Fur (2005)

by Isobelle Carmody

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This is a very cute little book. The character of Little Fur - a half-troll, half-elf healer is very loveable. Little Fur lives in a secret grove of seven ancient trees, who are protected by magic from the humans who live in the city. Her friends include a Crow and a pony named Brownie.

When she learns of a group of humans who are burning trees, Little Fur sets out on a quest to stop them. She is joined by Crow and two stray cats, Ginger and Sly. The group slowly makes their way through the frightening human world. They puzzle about the strangeness of humans, are frightened by “road monsters” (cars) and the most unsympathetic portrayal of a dog I have ever come across in kid’s lit. Also, there are supposedly bad trolls who want to kill all the green earth magic and are enlisting human “greeps” (the homeless population) to help them, but we never see these creatures.

All in all this is a sweet little chapter book. The illustrations are simple but charming, like the story itself. I think it might be seen as a bit boring by its intended audience, but I suppose that would depend on the child. I did feel like the ending was anticlimactic, too much exposition/explanation not enough actually happening. ( )
  catfantastic | Feb 14, 2016 |
A cute and quite charming adventure story about a little elf troll child who travels across a town to help save her trees from the "tree burners", with the help of some animal friends. It is a fairly simple story, without a great deal of tension, but the characterisation is splendid and the writing style eloquent and poetic. I imagine this would be a lovely story to read aloud.

I did wonder somewhat about the illustrations, however, which are done by the author. At the end of many chapters there was a pale little figure with pointed ears, looking somewhat like Little Fur, but distinctly more goblinish. Who was this character? Is this a story hidden within the story? Maybe the sequel will reveal more. ( )
1 vote LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
Such a good book!! ( )
  smg-dmurdoch | Mar 8, 2011 |
I actually didn't finish reading this book because I didn't like it. However, I was intrigued by the idea of an Eco-fantasy and by the nice illustrations. ( )
  JskyC | Jun 2, 2007 |
This book started off with way too much exposition, but it is a beautiful concept for a story. The heroine goes on a quest with her friends to save trees from humans who are burning them. At times, the journey felt forced, like the characters were just being pushed through the motions of a journey. I got impatient in the middle of it because it just seemed like the characters were running into obstacle after obstacle just for the sake of having obstacles. Maybe it felt like that because there weren't any real side stories weaved throughout--it was pretty much just the one story line.

But still, it was enjoyable, and of course it's always good to have books with strong female characters! ( )
1 vote kellyholmes | Feb 20, 2007 |
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When she learns of an evil plot to destroy the world's trees, Little Fur, half-elf, half-troll girl, vows to save her own magical forest, but soon is embroiled on a quest to save the earth spirit itself. This tiny healer does not set out to be a heroine, but her steadfast determination and loyal heart sets her on that path in spite of her quiet, almost timid ways. Along with her crow and cat companions, red-headed Little Fur wends her way from comforting greenspaces to alarming city streets. Since her feet must never leave the ground (otherwise she would lose touch with the flow of earth magic), Little Fur’s route is meandering, long, and fraught with the danger of humans, trolls, and other nefarious creatures. In spite of it all, she finally approaches the chasm where earth’s Old Ones supposedly dwell. Can this tiny Halfling do what no others have been able to do and save the earth spirit?

Isobelle Carmody's enchanting though moralistic eco-fantasy will delight those who love to lose themselves in tales of elves, brownies, and Hobbits. Although Little Fur is somewhat lacking in humor, the elf-troll-eye view of humans is entertaining and astute, and the adventure in is in the classic, satisfying, good versus evil vein. --Emilie Coulter

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When half-elf, half-troll Little Fur learns that servants of the troll king aim to destroy her beloved trees, she embarks on an ambitious and dangerous journey into the human world in hopes of saving not only the wilderness she calls home, but the very earth spirit itself.… (more)

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