If you've never had the pleasure of reading one of Cicely Mary Barker's fairy books, you need to head straight to the library pronto and resolve that little problem. ;) We, and by we I mean mostly Elizabeth, are huge fans of her work here. Her drawings are so beautiful and ethereal you'll want to head straight into your flower beds to start searching your buds for their fairy inhabitants.
The verses she writes to accompany each fairy are simple and quite amazing. The poetry in Flower Fairies of the Summer is particularly enjoyable. She really seems to capture the magic of summer and the nature which lies therein.
I think her depictions of children in many of her fairy drawings invite children to identify with them more. And her anatomically correct flowers are a fascination to observe in such a magical setting.
This book and many of Barker's others have truly inspired Elizabeth's imagination, as I'm sure they do for many children.
Psst...come back tomorrow and you'll likely find another giveaway!