Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Review: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

If you’ve never seen Cicely Mary Barker’s amazing work before, be prepared to be blown away! Ms. Barker was an author/illustrator prominent in the 1930s and 40s in England. She published a total of 8 different books featuring her “Flower Fairy” illustrations. For the first time, all 8 books have been gathered together in this magnificent collection.

Each page features Barker’s wonderful watercolor illustrations of a Flower Fairy. Each fairy comes from a different flower (for example, The Rose Fairy), berry (The Strawberry Fairy), Tree (The Pine Tree Fairy) or plant (The White Clover Fairy). In addition to the wonderful art, all of the fairies come with an accompanying poem that tells it's "story".

Unlike many modern fairy illustrations, these fairies are cute and filled with child-like innocence. Barker used real children as models, and even the plants she portrays are botanically accurate. The poems are so cute, and each one matches what the fairy is doing in the picture. This is truly a magnificent book for both young and old. The illustrations alone are worth it.

Shady Glade Rating: 10/10! (especially for fairy-lovers!)

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