October 29, 2013

Barker's Flower Fairies...

 British-born Cicely Mary Barker began creating her delightful fairy
images in the first half of the twentieth century. She was born in 1895 
and became a published artist in her sixteenth year. She went on to 
publish seven books featuring her fairy images prior to her death. 

I recently purchased a pristine copy of "The Complete Book of the 
Flower Fairies". It is a compilation of all of those seven books, 
and I couldn't be more tickled to add it to my library. It's so lovely.
 Her plant and flower images are botanically accurate, and those little
fairies are so captivating. I could look at them for hours upon hours.
 The seven original Barker books become individual chapters in this one.
There are myriad endearing fairies for every season, fairies of the garden,
fairies of the trees, fairies of the wayside...and
 Fairies from "A"...
 to "Z".

In addition to all these splendid images, there are accompanying poems
written by the author. Her graceful children's images, combined with her
words in poetry, make for a sweet glimpse into a more innocent time.

As I take in 189 pages of her words and images, it's easy to believe that
these charming, little fairy children actually live among us. One can hope.

6 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Minimiss said...

I love those Fairies. You lucky thing to have such a beautiful book.

Chris said...

I love these and had the books as a child. So sweet!

Createology said...

I have always loved her images of fairies and plants. This must be a treasure of a book to include all seven of her works. Library wealth is wonderful. Creative Bliss Dear...

Lee said...

I grew up with her books and was delighted that they were reprinted and I could share them with my daughter and later my granddaughters
Enjoy your lovely book as I do it is also on my bookshelf.

Tanya Rachelle said...

The Flower Fairies are wonderful! Yes, they truly do live among the flowers!!! Her drawings are inspiring and so beautiful.

Wendy said...

I read an article on her one time and she actually used her students in a kindergarten class for her fairy muses. I have some of the fabric with her fairies on them.


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