This sweet little book is not only beautiful, with it’s amazing detailed pictures, but educational too.
We have a ‘modern’ edition from the library. The original was first published in the 1920’s, but new edition has nice “antique” look to it! It’s by Cicely Mary Barker, who was home schooled and taught herself to draw and paint.
There are 19 different flowers, each with their own fairy and poem. As it says inside the back cover, the author combines her delicate illustrations with ‘meticulous botanical accuracy.’ We use these to identify flowers now, because the pictures are so good!
Look at the beautiful little crab apple fairy! We also use these books to inspire us when drawing, and try our best to draw fairies by looking at these pictures.
Here is the hazelnut fairy, with some hazelnuts we found outside under a tree on our way home from a walk!