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The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies Hardcover – September 1, 1997

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The World is very old;But year by yearIt groweth new againWhen buds appear.

The World is very old,And sometimes sad;But when the daisies comeThe World is glad.

The World is very old;But every SpringIt groweth young again, And fairies sing.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Flower Fairies
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; First Edition Later Printing edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723243441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723243441
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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276 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Zebrowski on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Now I'm an adult who ran across the book just a little while ago. I have always loved fairies, but was not really into the horrid interpretations of modern day artiest. This book is so amazing it's unreal! The artwork is so beautiful and delicate. She painted them as beautiful wide-eyed children and adolescents, with absolutely amazing accuracy on the accompanying flowers. The poems for each flower fairy describes the chararistics of the flower with such grace it sends chills up my spine. A WONDERFUL book for parents to read to their children, as well as a great book for adults who want to stay children at heart. I can not express enough the beauty and gentleness of her artwork enough! The book here contains all 8 of the Flower Fairies books as well as story of The Fairy Necklaces and the poems she illustrated for Old Rimes for All Times. You will not be disapointed.
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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Lillith on April 30, 2011
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If this were the only edition of the 'flower fairies' books I had ever seen, I'd be as enthusiastic as other reviewers here. But that's just it - as publishers (Blackie and later Warner) made their various editorial decisions about cropping and omitting fairies from their different editions, they never saw fit to warn the reader about it, so a new reader has no way of knowing. I find that very unsatisfactory.

If you go to '' you'll find a full list of the fairies that belonged originally to each volume, and see just how much has been lost here. It didn't start with Warne, this habit of omitting etc, but it's certainly continued by them. So: a number of fairies are missing from the summer collection and the wayside collection, and the fairies of the alphabet collection have been cropped a lot in some cases to fit in a smaller space - as marginal illustrations instead of full-page (e.g. 'King cup' picture has only one elf instead of two).

I don't understand why Warne has not chosen to bring out an edition that has ALL the fairies in the good-quality reproductions they know how to do (see their 'Deluxe' volume, which has almost all the missing fairies' pictures, only 'goose-grass getting no mention at all, but by no means all the poems). As it is, if you want ALL pictures and poems in one book, and can't afford the first edition - which is v expensive to acquire, but I assume has them all) you have to buy editions of the '60s and 70s - before the 1985 Blackie edns (the '85 Blackie edn of 'summer' has a lot of omissions..
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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Woosley on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I certainly wouldn't have rated this series of fairy books as the typical browsing material of your regular guy aged 18 - 25. Football statistics ... sure! Music weekly ... absolutely! Whimsical directories of flowers and their corresponding fairy folk ... Hmnnn, not likely.
And yet 20 years ago, in the village bookshop, Cranleigh, Surrey, England, I accidentally selected the Flower Fairies of Summer, more or less at random, from a stack on a table at the back of the cave-esque Dickensian little shop. I was instantly captivated and placed under the spell of the Folk of the pages within. The illustrations were literally spell-binding!
Over the next few years I collected them all and referred to them often for my own aspirations to illustrate. The little characters are quite beguiling in their environmental surroundings. Sadly, my collection was lost in a move and when I tried to replace them I found they were discontinued! I was aghast! Irked, that such a superb collection should be out of print and was thoroughly cheesed off with the publishing industry at large.
Then, in 1998, I was overjoyed to find a superb collection of the entire set, beautifully bound and packaged in a ribbon-tied box in a shop in Chichester. I readily shelled out the not insignificant sum of £55.00 (+/- $80.00) and it now takes pride of place on my shelves. I look through them often.
It is therefore with great enthusiasm that I encourage everyone reading this review to become acquainted with the works of Cicely Mary Barker, for themselves and their children, and of course, the children in themselves. The books are quite magical!
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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful By potameid on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There are 6 fairies that never made it into the book: Cat's Ear, Convolvulus, Goose Grass, Scentless Mayweed, Sorrell, and Wild Thyme. Also, some of the images are cropped out of context, grossly enlarged, etc. Nice collection, but if you want pictures to sit and pore over, get the little reproductions of the books.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Gagliardo on October 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
One of the most delightful gifts I have ever rec'd. ! It pulled me right out of my depression and made me dream about the "possibilities" of the wee folk! A VERY happy, light-hearted read. Would be nice for children, but adults who still believe in Peter Pan will adore this book!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark-David McCool on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When it comes to the flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker this one of the most complete. There is so much material here that it would take several hours to really get through it.
The quality of the artwork is just phenomenal. When it comes to fairies I would refer to this book before going after any other source. In as much as this is a truely fictional work you can at times imagine that one of these fairies came and posed for her on a nice sunny spring afternoon.

Another good thing about this book is that it does not lack a diversity of subjects. There are fairies of all the seasons and additional themed sections as well. The poems do add a special feel since each one is catered to the fairy pictured.

Only thing this book doesn't have is an index that works by type of fairy, i.e royalty, infant, elves etc.

Highly recommend this book to anyone on a limited budget or just starting out their flower fairies collection. Don't get taken by the ton of knock-offs books out there. Get the original not a copy.
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