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Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal Hardcover – October 20, 2005

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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Flower Fairies
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Warne (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723257248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723257240
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cicely Mary Barker was born in 1895 in Croydon, South London, and spent most of her life there. Because of ill-health she was educated at home and largely taught herself to draw and paint, encouraged by a supportive family and assisted by membership of the Croydon Art Society. She was only sixteen when she had her first work accepted for publication as a set of postcards, and from that time she devoted her career to painting. It was her Flower Fairies books that brought Cicely Mary Barker her greatest popular acclaim. Like the Pre-Raphaelite painters whom she so much admired, she believed in recreating the beauty of nature in art and in drawing from life. Her plants and flowers were observed with complete botanical accuracy and in the fairies themselves she captured perfectly the unselfconscious grace of children, whom she used to sketch in her sister's school.

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This is a beatiful book, full of gorgeous drawings, fold outs, and removable tidbits. My 9 year old boy loves it. I imagine that a girl would love it even more, as it is a bit feminine.

The story is great, a lady watches her friends house and gardens over an extended time and slowly becomes aware of the fairies that live there.

Along with the fanciful fairy tales and beatiful art, there are real facts strewn through the book about things such as plants and butterflies.

The one potential problem with the book is that it is written in a tiny cursive that even I, an experienced nurse used to reading doctor's writing, have had problems with in a spot or two. My son could not read it at all even though he knows cursive. I had to read it aloud to him.

It is an excellent read aloud for good quality time, and it has high entertainment value and a bit of educational value as well.

I'd give it a 5 for content, but because of the writing - which does add to the artistic look of the book but detracts from a child's autonomy in enjoyment, I'm giving it a 4 instead.
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hey. I'm 13 and I ordered this last year. it's so cute and imaginative. It is about a woman who stays at her friends house. She then later discovers faries. The book explains how to track faries, what they look like, and other mythical creatures. The book is pretty big (about 12inches length and 10 width) The book includes pretty paintings of faries, little booklets you can open, pockets with surprises, and a method to make blackberry jam :) yum. I'd recomend it to girls 8+

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By NJY on June 15, 2006
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I received this book from my Grandson for my 65th birthday !!

Yes this book is for adults too who love fairies. It's the most gorgeous book and interesting format I've seen. A pretty jewel on the cover starts you on your way through a fairy adventure with beautiful art work. There are many envelopes and special additions inside to explore. You will want to buy this for friends so they can share in the fun.
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All I have to say is this:

1. I presented this book to two birthdays girls at their 6th birthday party.

2. Shortly thereafter 25 little boys and girls forgot all the other toys and games on offer.

3. Shortly after that their father had to wade into a crowd of kindergarteners and rescue the book from 50 little cake-smeared hands all trying to explore its pages.

4. I heard no fewer than four kids ask their parents for their own copies of "purple fairy book."
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A Kid's Review on January 1, 2007
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I got this book for Christmas along with Pirateology. I also have Wizardology, Dragonology, and A Wandmaker's Guidebook. Fairyopolis is just as good as all these books, it may indeed be the best. The cover artwork and color is absolutly amazing, I spend minutes just looking at it. One thing i noticed was on the back it said it was rated for children 6+. I read someone's review about how her son and daughter love the ology books, and she was dissapointed because the whole book was in cursive! Now I am 11, so I can read cursive, but I think the book should be rated 10+, so I strongly advise not to buy this book if you have a child who cannot read cursive, unless you plan on reading it to them, don't buy iy; wait till there a little older. other then that, the concept is great for little kids because the women in the story is very realistic. the book involves a women at her friends house, and it has little hidden treasures in the envolopes, and the last treasure at the end of the book will be enjoyed by all ages!
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My mom sent me this book as a gift. I had never even heard of it! But I am very familiar with Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies, which appear throughout the book. The story is an interesting account of CMB's stay in Bartons, Sussex in 1920. She slowly becomes aware of fairies living on the grounds while she is house-sitting. The book is beautiful, with silver ink and a gem on the cover, and many lift-up and pull-out notes, maps, booklets, etc. with information on fairies. It is fun to read, especially with a child old enough not to tear it, and has enough to it to keep adults entertained. The cursive writing is a little difficult to read. It really does have the feel of a scrap-book and I've read it over many times.
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This book is just as enchanting, as the Dragonology, and Wizardology books, if not more. It is for people of all ages, and if you weren't interested in fairies before, you are now.

The book is full of the whimsical fairy images and details of fairy encounters by the artist, Cicely Mary Barker. You will also find many surprises in this book, such as letters, postcards, fairy dust, and even a gift from the fairies at the end.

It seems that this book is aimed more for children, but is most definitely something an adult will enjoy, whether they are reading it to their child or reading it alone.

You or your child will be drawn into the wonders of this book. The fairies are child-like, dressed in leaves and flowers. There are many things hidden in this book, to find. The book brings another world to you or your child, and will no doubt, allow your child's imagination to grow, and yours to grow with it. I don't know if this would be the perfect gift for young children. Try to imagine what they would do to a pop-up book before you give this as a gift.

I hope authors and artists keep coming out with more books like this one. It brings a new excitement to reading and art, which is something that everyone can learn to appreciate.
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