|Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal, featuring the art of Cicely Mary Barker. |
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,|
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!