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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Flower Fairies
  • School & Library Binding: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; illustrated edition edition (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723258902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723258902
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,007 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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608 of 617 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on March 6, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding
[[VIDEOID:18963311]]This is a brief video that shows you this beautiful pop-up book.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Becky M on October 30, 2007
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Those who own Fairyopolis or the Maggie Bateson fairy pop-up books such as My Fairy Winter Wonderland or My Fairy Garden will treasure this book, too. CM Barker's fairies are hidden in five lush pop-up scenes. The paper engineering is multi-layered and very well crafted. There are surprises from cover to cover!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Maulino on October 26, 2007
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I have just discovered the beauty of pop-up books. I always thought that they are only for kids but I have come across some that have really fantastic artwork and this is one of them. I know I will treasure mine...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Petite Fleur on November 15, 2007
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This is an absolutely beautiful pop-up book! Each page has huge and exquisitely detailed pop-up's of fairies and flowers. Like another reviewer, I am an adult collector. I also buy pop-up books for the children in the family. This one might be a bit too much for the small fry but would be a great gift for an older child.

I was fortunate to see this one in a book store, then I ordered it online for a cheaper price. I'll definitely look for more books by Cicely Mary Barker. Her pop-up books equal Robert Sabuda's.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. smith on January 17, 2008
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I purchased this book for my 6 year old daughter who is currently facinated by the world of fairies and has a wonderful imagination. She has spent hours looking at all the intricate pop-up pictures, lifting flaps and peering into fairy holes. She has also thoroughly enjoyed reading all about garden fairies, although the text is written mostly in script so is not that easy for a child to read alone. It is a special book for magical children (and grown-ups!). On a practical note, I would suggest that this book be purchased for more mature children as it is delicate and easily broken.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2008
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I have 3 kids and they can destroy anything (and usually do). I was very very afraid to order this. Popup books don't even stand a chance in my house.
It was just so gorgeous and my 4yr old daughter loves fairies so much. She even made a fairy farm in our yard after a nature walk. I just HAD to order it.
It has been several months now (about 6 mths) and surprisingly this thing is in perfect condition still. The kids all adore it. We put it in a special spot and the kids get all excited and snuggle in on the sofa with me when I get it out.
It is gorgeous and we all admire and cherish it in our family.
This is VERY much worth buying!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RenaissanceMan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 24, 2009
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This is the second copy of this book that we've gone through in my family.

My mother-in-law bought this as a gift for my baby and from about 18 months onward, my little girl loved this book so much. I had to read it to her every night and of course after six months of her tugging at all the pop up pages, there's wear and tear so I ordered her another one.

It's quite literally the most stunning pop up book I have every seen and there are fairies hidden throughout the book - and my little girl hunts for them. It's wonderful interaction for babies and parents.

My daughter enjoyed this book from 18months to 3.5 years -- literally her favorite book that I had to bring out every night.

TEACHES TO SEARCH:
This book has tons of pop up pages (mostely green) - with fairies hidden in different forest settings (tree tops, meadows, flower beds, wayside, forest floor etc). The goal is to help your child look careful for fairies that might be hidden among the leaves. It teaches them to look carefully so that when you say, "can you get X from the refrigerator" from your toddler, they don't say, "I can't find it." even if it's laying right in front of them. This is a great tool for that.

TEACHES CAUTIONARY TALE:
My daughter loves mushrooms and this book has its fair share of pictures of toadstools so we spent quite a bit of time instructing how toadstools come from the ground and mushrooms come from the refrigerator and how toadstools are yucky. We have so much fun with this book. She'll find a picture of a toadstool and will say, "that's a toadstool, yuck, yuck. weeeeee doooooooon't touch those!" In that shrill little girl voice - it's wonderful.

For the longest times when we walked around the neighborbhood, my little girl kept looking for fairies in every bush or little hole in the ground. It's great. So much joy from a child. Get this book - it's quite literally amazing - you won't regret it.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. Weaves on July 28, 2009
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While this is a pretty little pop-up book, it's clear from the illustrations that Cecily Barker had nothing to do with it. Her old drawings from the 1930's were cut out and pasted onto someone else's modern woodland drawings. Ms. Barker wrote poems about fairies, and there are no poems in this book. It seems that someone wanted to make some money off her name.

That said, it is a pretty pop-up book. But I would recommend that you avoid this and buy the original Flower Fairies books, if you can find them.
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