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Flower Fairies of the Wayside (Flower Fairies)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  147 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
These beautiful new editions of the Flower Fairies books have been designed to recapture the charm of the original editions which were first published in the 1920s.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Warne (first published July 31st 1985)
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Jaimie
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though the more complex fairies of Brian Frout, Arthur Packham, and Charles Vess are my favourite there's an intrinsic innocent charm to Cicely Mary Barker's flower-inspired fairies. Each fairy's design is drawn from the flowers of England, in this case specifically wayside flora, so Barker's fairies retain a realism that many of the other artists bypass entirely. Sure, fairies are creatures of myth and legend, but they have one foot in the real world, so having an essence of the recognizab ...more
Alison Whiteman
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally read this book. I found a collection of her books at Goodwill in Tacoma. Specifically, Goodwill by the pound. Imagine pounds of books for pennies on the dollar! Back to this book. What a great way to introduce children and adults alike to flowers and plants.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of the Cicely Mary barker books from England. There is no copyright date in this book. Also, this particular book is taller than the other books in the series and has a different type of cover.

At the end of the book there is a note from the author saying that the flowers are based on real flowers, but that the author had never seen a fairy, and she says “children will be able to tell the true parts from the pretend parts in these books.” This causes me to wonder if she had come u
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Lisa Williamson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flower Fairies of the Wayside by Cicely Mary Barker This tiny, little book is a very sweet thing. I picked this up for my daughter at a used bookstore simply because it was filled with fairies. I had not looked at it in the two years since i picked it up but last next I just sat down and flipped through it.
 
This little book is filled with simple poetry and wonderful little paintings. Originally published way back in the 1920s, they stand up to the test of time. Any fan of fairy art will love thi
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Leah
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guardians of younger children
Recommended to Leah by: My Nanny - Kathleen Jarvis
Shelves: childrens
My nan used to read this collection to me when I was very little, and actually helped me learn to read with them, making them very meaningful to me.

This one was the last one I read, and it certainly matched up to the rest with it's sweet lyrical poems, and the beautiful illustrations to match. I was glad to have read them.

I just wished that Barker would have considered doing a story. The poems were beautiful, but a story conbining the fairies would have been magical!
Leslie
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Currently my toddler son is singing from this book. He thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted me to read more after we had finished the whole book. I am thankful for more of these little books to read to him.
Gail
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, picture, poetry
Wonderful, whimsical world of Cicely Mary Barker.
Gregoire
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arts, poetry
very charming
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I love learning the different plants of the wayside through this enchantingly beautifully illustrated book.
Sally
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole series of Flower Fairies is charming.
Andréa
This beautiful classic is a pleasure to read.
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Cicely Mary Barker was the illustrator who created the famous Flower Fairies; those ethereal smiling children with butterfly wings. As a child she was influenced by the works of the illustrator Kate Greenaway, whom she assiduously copied in her formative years. Her principal influence, however, was the artwork of the Pre-Raphaelites.
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