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The Complete Brambly Hedge Hardcover – November 1, 1999

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"...the most researched-crammed fantasy ever set before small children..." Sunday Times Magazine

About the Author

Jill Barklem was born in Epping and led a quiet childhood enjoying being close to nature. The inspiration for Brambly Hedge appeared during Jilly's daily train journey between Epping and London: shutting herself off from the outside world, she became obsessed with the way of life of a band of hedgerow mice. Jill Barklem still lives in Epping.
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Product Details

  • Series: Brambly Hedge
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001983679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001983670
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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112 of 112 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Smith on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book just arrived and we've already read it through three times! The stories are so charming! The stories included in this compilation are as follows:

Spring Story

Summer Story

Autumn Story

Winter Story

The Secret Staircase

The High Hills

Sea Story

Poppy's Babies

As charming as these stories are, their charm is almost surpassed by the beautiful illustrations. You could spend hours studying the detail in each one.

I was unaware of these books until recently and they have quickly become our very favorites! You won't be disappointed.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Ivy on October 28, 2005
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I love this book because I think the illustrations are wonderful. Adults and children alike enjoy the charming pictures. I find myself admiring the artwork as often, if not more, then I read the stories to the kids. I find this book to be a cozy and charming treat that helps me relax just by looking at the adorable illustrations. A must have for any Brambly Hedge fan because it offers great "one stop shopping" to get a Brambly Hedge fix!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lichterman on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I grew up with this series, and would spend hours reading them and studying the pictures, imagining myself in their wonderful world. These books, along with George Mendoza's book, "Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse" were among my favorite books, giving me a love for reading, creativity, nature, and architecture that has carried through to my adult life. I still enjoy reading the stories and looking at the illustrations, imagining the peaceful innocence of the lives the mice live. My favories have always been the season stories, and above all, "The Secret Staircase." I cannot more highly recommend these books!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Howell on November 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I learned about these books through Snapdragons, a blog about the domestic adventures of a new mom. The author of the blog had grown up reading these stories and was very excited about the prospect of sharing them with her own child. I'd never heard of them, but as I'm always on the look out for new books to read with The Four-Year-Old, I spent a week or two hunting them down.

Sadly, the books appear to be a UK phenomenon, which means it's hard to find copies of them in the U.S. When I consulted my librarian, she found a spin-off by Alan MacDonald called Wilfred to the Rescue. While the story was cute and the illustrations engaging, it was hard to see from this book exactly why Snapdragons would write about the Brambly Hedge mice with such passionate devotion. (I should probably mention here that The Four-Year-Old adored Wilfred to the Rescue. I liked it myself. I just didn't find it exceptional.)

I finally found a reasonably priced used copy of the Complete Brambly Hedge through Amazon. The collection contains all eight original Brambly Hedge stories, including Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, Poppy's Babies, Sea Story, The High Hills, and my daughter's favorite, The Secret Staircase.

Once I opened an original, I understood Snapdragons' devotion in about two seconds. For the stories themselves, think Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories with mice and without the sometimes surprising lapses into violence that forcibly remind you that Potter wrote in a different cultural context. In Potter's world, Mr. MacGregor has a distressing habit of stalking through the pages taking potshots at the cast with his shotgun. That sort of thing doesn't happen in the Brambly Hedge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Boudreau on April 5, 2013
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My 4-year-old and I came across this book in the library and I immediately knew I had to own it. The pictures were too lush and captivating to only appreciate for a 2-week library loan! The stories are cute, too, but... the real value, for me, lies in the illustrations. The Secret Staircase is surely every child's (ok, everyone's) secret fantasy. To find a hidden space full of mysteries... and again, the pictures completely transport you to the cozy tree nooks and crannies. The way the tree is split down the middle to show the layout is just awesome, so fun to explore the space and how it all connects. My daughter and I love this book, and if I could only keep a handful of children's books, this would absolutely be one of them.
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Format: Hardcover
As a child I read many of Jill Barklem's stories and also listened to the tales from Brambly hedge on a casette tape, (an older version of the modern CD audio book). I was mesmirised by all the beautiful animals that had so much fun and many exciting adventures, within these captivating stories that delighted me for so many hours. The tales are based around a community of self-sufficient mice who live together in the tranquil surroundings of the English countryside. The books, whose first titles were published in 1980, are written and illustrated by Barklem. The first four books follow a seasonal pattern of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Her latter four follow the adventures of The Secret Staircase, The High Hills, Sea Story and Poppy's Babies. Winter story was one that certainly struck a cord for I remember vividly that I used to almost cry as I listned to the narrator whilst tucked up at night under the duvet, with a flashlight and a blanket. It was certainly quite poignant and moving, especially as lovely little animal friends were involved, hence why I could not wait until Spring! The mice of Brambly hedge made their first apearance in nineteen eighty when the four seasonal stories were published, from Spring through to Winter. Since then many readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there. In this collection the mice continue their adventures. By sea, in the High Hills or simply at home in Brambly Hedge, the mice manage to find plenty of excitement, although personally it is in the underground tunnels and burrows that I remember the most cosy and warm stories.Read more ›
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