In spite of the fact that at least one of the Squirrelings does like the Flower Fairies, we agree with the following pronouncement and think it makes an excellent illustration of how not to twaddle. (Some homeschoolers include all lesser-type books under the twaddle umbrella, but I think this example is closer to the overblown twaddly prose Charlotte Mason meant.)
"[Children in the primary grades] are realists; they like to see things as they are and to express the truth in simple language and in simple drawings. With them we should say that a winter bud contains next year's leaves neatly packed, ready to open in the spring, rather than using a cloak of sentimentalism by saying that 'the bud is a sleeping fairy with woollen blankets, and when old Mother Nature touches the wonderful covering with her magic wand, the fairy will jump out and shake her emerald tresses.'"
--J.A. Partridge, Natural Science Through the Seasons.