More Faerie Books

...  this time, courtesy of the public library!

Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal, featuring the art of Cicely Mary Barker.
Warne, 2005.

The gorgeous pop-up I featured yesterday is a companion to Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal.   (Go play at the official website!  I love it.)  I do love Cicely Mary Barker.  This book, like the Olygyworld Books (love!), is full of "notes," saved "artifacts," tiny books within the book, letters, etc.

The book is a fun one to sit and explore.  Better for reading aloud is A Child's Book of Faeries, also known as The Barefoot Book of Faeries.  

The version we checked out was A Child's Book of Faeries, without the CD.  It features the beautiful artwork Barefoot Books are known for.  We had a lovely time reading the whole thing before bed.

A Child's Book of Faeries, collected and retold by Tanya Robyn Batt,
illustrated by Gail Newey.  Barefoot Books, 2002.

The book is full of all kinds of faerie magic:


faerie "facts" and folklore,

and stories.

The last book of this ilk that we checked out was Faeryland: The Secret World of the Hidden Ones by John Matthews, featuring specially commissioned art by Matt Dangler, as well as famous faerie art from the last couple of centuries.  This one is better for older readers, although it's very cool.  You can see some excerpts here.  The girls and I did look at the pictures together, and I was very excited to show them this one page:

Faeryland: The Secret World of the Hidden Ones by John Matthews.
Abrams Books, 2013.

It's about the Cottingley Fairies, and includes an envelope full of postcard-sized reproductions of some of the photos.  The girls and I watched FairyTale: A True Story on Netflix only last week!  I had explained that while quite a few facts were changed for the movie, there really were two girls who had taken photos in England during the 1910s that supposedly showed them interacting with real fairies.  They were excited to see what the photos really looked like.  (They also decided they looked fake!)

We'll talk fairy crafts (and craft books) tomorrow this weekend!

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  1. I love it when a book contains tiny little surprises, envelopes, and material you can take out etc. I have a Beatrix Potter book like that but none about Fairies. I actually realize I lack books about fairies in my house! D:

    That movie is intruiging. I need to watch it (when baby decides to finally sleep!)

    1. Oh, me, too! I have the Egyptology book checked out from the library,too. Big Sis wants to learn about Ancient Egypt this summer, and I've had my eye on that book since it first came into the store where I worked some years ago.

      The movie is okay. I am probably one of the few people in the country who actually saw it in the theater when it was first out! A friend of mine was in town visiting from Seattle over Christmas, and a group of us went to see it. It's a bit slow, but interesting. They made the girls younger than they really were, and added actual fairies. I don't think Houdini was actually connected to the girls, but the stuff with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is true. Watch for a surprise unbilled cameo by a celebrity executive producer near the end of the movie!

  2. We have the CD for that Barefoot Faerie book, but we lost the book!!! The CD is really great. How did the girls like the movie? I saw it years ago and can't remember it. Do they make it sound like the fairies were all a hoax?

    1. They leave it up to your imagination. It's hinted at, certainly, but then they made a whole fairy court that appears real in the film. (Check out my reply to Cherie above.)

      I want the whole book! We had a lovely relaxing bedtime, reading the whole thing. I do love Barefoot Books. Very well done.

  3. The books look great! I love little surprises in books. And I need to watch that movie- they showed it on TV years ago, when I was a teenager, and I remember I wanted to see it but I missed it.

    1. It's a fun little book. We need to explore it still. We looked at the book Egyptology tonight, part of the Olygyworld series I posted the link to above. That book is cool, but it was over my girls' heads, even the brainy 7-year-old's. Fairyology is a bit friendlier for our age group. The movie is pretty good. A little slow in places, but pretty and sweet.


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