Diary of a Fairy Godmother (Hardcover) by Esmé Raji Codell; illustrated by Drazen Kozjan. Hyperion, 2005. ISBN: 0786809655. pp: 176.
Ages: 8-12, gr: 4-6
Paperback (September 1, 2006) ISBN: 0786809663

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Summary

Hunky Dory is soon to graduate from Miss Harbinger’s Charm School for Young Witches. She is first in her class in witch studies and follows her teacher’s suggestion to keep a personal diary. Hunky is unsure what she will do after graduation and her wondering leads her to experiences that lead her to believe that wishcraft might be a better career choice than witchcraft. Will she strive to become a FG (Fairy Godmother) or the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow (her mother’s saying)?

Activities

  1. A school for witches in training puts a new meaning on some traditional phrases. Explain the traditional and witches-in-training meaning of charm school; of spelling bee.

  2. Why do the students have names like Belladonna? What is the significance of Hunky’s name in comparison? What is a harbinger?

  3. Is the school Hogwarts a fiction of the Harry Potter series or from an earlier myth or fantasy? Read more about Hogwarts.

  4. When Diary of a Fairy Godmother was published, PlanetEsme sponsored a contest "to design a wand-erful dress worthy of a party that Auntie Malice would attend!" Create an entry for this contest following these directions: "Use any medium to create a picture of a head-turning get-up designed for a winsome witch, fetching fairy or dapper devil."

  5. Astronomer Chris Dolan defines the terms waxing, waning, gibbous as follows: "Waxing" means growing and "waning" means shrinking. One appropriate definition of "gibbous" is "swollen on one side." Learn more about the phases of the moon.
  6. Harvest moon
    around the pond I wander
    and the night is gone.
    Translation of a Haiku poem written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
    Write your own poem about the moon.
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  7. If Hunky Dory were wanting to practice her wishcraft for you, what would your wish be?

  8. Find the fairy tale with the character Rumpelstiltskin. Compare the description of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin with Codell’s Rumpelstiltskin.

  9. Compile a list of fairy tales mentioned by Codell. How many of them have you read or heard?

  10. Look at other artwork by Drazen Kozjan (4 pictures). What similarities do you see with his illustrations for Diary of a Fairy Godmother?

  11. Read a few of Aesop’s Fables. Think about how the fable develops the moral. Select one of the Wisdom lines from page 167 and write your own accompanying fable.

  12. Read one of the books from the list on page 170. List the characteristics of a witch shown in each book. Which characteristics are similar in both books?

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Assessment

Diary of a Fairy Godmother. Accelerated Reader: Quiz #88561 EN; Book Level 4-9; Points= 5.0

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