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


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Product Details

  • Series: Flower Fairies
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Warne; First edition. edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723243441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723243441
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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SPRING MAGIC

The World is very old; But year by year It groweth new again When buds appear.

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

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

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A VERY happy, light-hearted read.
Kelly Gagliardo
I had Flower Fairy books when I was small, and have always loved Cicely Mary Barker's illustrations.
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I purchased this book as a gift for my daughter.
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246 of 252 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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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Lillith on April 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 'flowerfairyprints.com' 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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110 of 114 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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121 of 131 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elyani Notosoesanto on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully painted, but it would be better if the drawing also includes the background. Some of the Fairies are cropped, so we could not enjoy the beautiful surrounding where it was depicted.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The drawings are delightful, as are the poems that go with each. The drawings are superb renditions and representative of both the symbolic character and physical attributes of each herb. The reading level is age 4-8, but adults may see the subtleties expressed in the poems. The short stories in the back are ones you will want to read to your children or grandchildren.
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