About the Author
Based on the popular Flower Fairies books by author illustrator Cicely Mary Barker. Born in Croydon, South London in 1895 she found international acclaim as an artist with her delightful little books the first of which, Flower Fairies of the Spring, was printed in 1923. She died in 1973.
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HOW TO SPOT A TREE FAIRY
I have discovered, to my occasional discomfort, that the more mischievous treetop fairies find it amusing to rain acorns, nuts and berries down upon the heads of unsuspecting humans! My advice: keep your wits about you and wear a sturdy hat during woodland walks.
Use your ears as well as your eyes. On windy days the fairies love to perch at the end of branches, enjoying the sensation of the wind blowing all around them. If you listen carefully you might hear their tinkling laughs.
If you are walking by a tree, you may hear a sudden twittering of birds. This could be a warning signal to let the fairies know of your presence. Fairies do not like humans venturing too close to their homes, and their feathered friends know to alert them if we are nearby.