That morning began no differently from any morning, though it was to be the beginning of all things new for Eric. This first sentence of Ethel Cook's book The House in the Fairy Wood starts the reader off on a delightful adventure. Written in 1918 this children's tale tells the story of Eric a young boy forced to work in a cannery. One day Eric goes exploring in the woods behind the factory and finds the home of Helma where he finds safety and love. Helma's daughter Ivra is half fairy and introduces Eric to bird fairies, snow witches and wind creatures. Eric finds magic all around him.