The Summer Fairy - a Real Family Tradition from the 1980's - Reawakens a Whimsical Last-Day-Of-School Tradition for the Next Generation

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A new last-day-of-school tradition is tiptoeing into homes across America as Elizabeth Gillihan introduces the 30-year-old tale of a pixie who bestows a small stash of summer goodies and sweet reminders about summer safety to children everywhere. With only 13 summers from Kindergarten until graduation, the Summer Fairy helps make the kick-off to each one memorable.

Once you’re asleep she’ll come in a flash, leave you a riddle and a small summer stash!

Making special memories for our children is joy in its purest form," said Gillihan. "And the best part of memories is making them.

With a shiver and a stir in the petals of a flower, a pixie is born - she has magical power! And so begins the true tale of The Summer Fairy. Over 30 years ago on the last day of school, in a quintessentially Americana suburb of Cincinnati, two young children hopped off the rowdy school bus full of excitement, summer dreams, and the carefreeness that only children know. The next morning, the children awoke to little goodies and a witty poem left by the Summer Fairy. It was June 1982, and her endearing gesture was poised to become a tradition in the making.

Elizabeth Gillihan remembers, "My now father-in-law had this big, vivid, fun imagination and he wasn't afraid to use it! It's not surprising he created the Summer Fairy and along with it, a treasured family tradition." High school sweethearts, the Gillihans now have four young children of their own, and their fond memories of Summer Fairy visits have become a readable tradition that families of every culture and background can enjoy.

The Summer Fairy captures this charming tradition through a pixie who visits the homes of young families and bestows seasonal gifts and poetic wisdom about summer safety. A collapsible, reusable vase in the back pocket inspires children to leave her a flower, and in return she makes the kick-off to summer a treasured memory (there are, after all, only 13 summers for school children).

“This sweet, created-with-love tale is a fun way for families to kick off summer and create great memories," said Maria Snow, manager of Little Lords & Ladies Children's Boutique in Montgomery, Ohio. "In a way, it reminds me of a summer version of ‘The Elf on the Shelf.'"

"Making special memories for our children is joy in its purest form," said Gillihan. "And the best part of memories is making them."

About Elizabeth Gillihan
Gillihan grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Miami University. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 2001, she taught 6th grade at Wyoming Middle School in Ohio until starting her own family. She now resides in Carmel, Ind.

“The Summer Fairy” will be at Book Expo America, booth #C1682. It is distributed through Book Masters and is available at and in diverse stores and boutiques in various cities. Artwork and interviews are available. For more information, visit or contact Christina Woelffer, christina.woelffer(at)gmail(dot)com or 919.414.2963.

The Summer Fairy is a real tradition that sprouted from the creative mind of a father of young children. Every year, her visit enchanted, inspired and excited his family. By sharing the story, the next generation can create memories and a precious summer tradition...and the magic and wonder live on.


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