Once upon a time there was a little girl called Frachette. She lived on the edge of the forest with her brother and sister. Her parents had died in a landslide. She lived in a small wooden hut on the heights of Val d'Illiez. She cherished a small music box given to her by her parents, the only toy she had. Frachette had beautiful emerald green eyes and golden braids that glistened in the sun. She had flowers embroidered on her dress.
Her older sister Blanche did not like Frachette. Blanche was pale, as her name suggests. Her hair was coal black. She had gold buttons on her dress. She was careful about her appearance. She dreamed of going to a warm country. She was lazy.
Her little brother was called Thibault. He was called P'tit bois because he loved to play with matches and make a fire. His hair was as brown as wood. He wore a straw hat, a shirt with holes in it, braces and wooden clogs. His shorts were blackened with soot and sticky from the sap. P'tit did not respect nature. He tore up plants, trampled on flowers, crushed insects, carved inscriptions on trees with his knife and threw rubbish on the ground.
Frachette loved walking in the forest. She loved the animals and they respected her:
- the dahus with whom she hopped.
- the deer and roe deer with whom she would leap and climb on their backs.
- the wild boars, which she washed at the wild boar pond.
- squirrels, which she helped to collect nuts and acorns for the winter.
- the marmots, weasels and ermines, who lay down next to her and listened to her singing.
Frachette also took care of the trees and plants. Over the years she had made a book with many delicious recipes and remedies for healing with plants.
She also made wreaths from leaves and flowers which she sold at the market in Monthey. She walked there every Wednesday.
She walked for hours and hours. With the money she collected, she bought enough to feed her family.
Despite all her friends in the forest, Frachette was sad. She missed her parents and her brother and sister kept bothering her.
She often sat down by the majestic fir tree that dominated the valley and cried.
One day, she was surprised to see a grandmother appear. Her dress was a garland of leaves, a shade of red. She had a little hat covered with moss and lichen and carried a deer antler stick. She said to him:
"Don't cry, Frachette!
- Who are you Madame?" asked Frachette.
- I'm the forest fairy protector. I admire your work, your kindness and your goodness every day.
Frachette and the fairy talked for a long time while contemplating the beautiful Dents du Midi changing colour at sunset, varying from blue to purple to red and pink...
The fairy was very pretty. Each season she changed her earrings. In spring, she hung snowdrops. In summer, it was daisies. In autumn, she hung small mushrooms or hazelnuts and in winter, silver icicles glistened in the pearls.
Small elves followed her and helped her in her task. They had long, pointed ears. They wore overalls and green hats with a bell dangling from the end. They also wore small round glasses. They built bridges over small streams to make it easier for the foxes to pass; they replanted the trees; planted the seeds, cleaned and tended the forest.
The fairy promised to look after her.In the evening, Frachette fell asleep with stars in her eyes, dreaming of flying into the sky