The Flower Fairies series of books by Cicely Mary Barker are simply enchanting – in Flower Fairies of the Autumn, the themes of the season and the activity surrounding the season is wonderfully portrayed in each poem. The illustrations of the various fairies are gorgeous and enchanting, allowing the imagination to wander to another realm filled with fairies and nature.
This is a lovely and engaging, child-sized book. My kiddos, particularly my daughter, were delighted to note the garments on the fairies and elves that echo the features of the plants. First published in 1926, this book is an excellent primer for some of the better quality work which is no longer around today. If you like this time period you can try other illustrators like Trina Schart Hyman, Edward-Burne Jones, or Alphonse Mucha.
Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon, South London in 1895 and died in 1973. She found international acclaim as an artist with her delightful Flower Fairies books the first of which, Flower Fairies of the Spring, was printed in 1923. This series of books is a great way to introduce young children to the beauty of poetry. I highly recommend them.
P.S. For those who don’t know, Book Sharing Monday is hosted by Alex at Canadian Home Learning. You can join in as well as find others participating weekly.