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Well, Christmas has well and truely finished but I am still wading through reviewing some of the presents my daughter had. Here is another one of them - Fairy Whishpers from the Flower Fairies collection.
This is a truely delightful and enchanting bookfor any little girl. Anyone who loves fairies I'm sure will know the works by the late Cicely Mary Barker (1895-1976). She was famed for her watercolour paintings and illustrations of the Flower Fairies. Now over 30 years after her death her work is still being enjoyed by many new and old Flower Fairies fans.
The book which I am reviewing today is called Fairy Whispers. The story is based around Cicely Mary Barkers previous illustrations although I cannot find out who the actual author is. Obviously it couldn't have been her as this is a pretty new story bought up to date to relate to the children of today.
The story follows the Flower Fairies as they plan a very special party in the Enchanted Garden but alas the Fairies in all the excitement have forgotton to invite a special guest. It's not long until the party so they use fairy whispers to get their message to their special guest - Wild Thyme. The whisper is started by a magical sprinkling of fairy dust and it names each flower fairy as they receive the whisper, a little bit about them, going through from morning until evening until the whisper reaches Wild Thyme. Luckily it's just in time for him to get his glad rags on and get the the party.
The book is a hardback and the cover features a large cut out section allowing you to see a few pages into the book as they are set out to give a layered effect. This happens throughout the book and is a lovely detail. THe cover and some of the pages are also glittered giving it a lovely, sparkly, magical feel.
Original illustrations have been reproduced and not altered. I recognise them from the Flower Fairies ABC book I had when I was a child. I have looked at that recently and it feels very dated compared to this one. The reproduced illustrations have been put together with skill and there is much attention to detail here - they do look as though they have been all done at the same time and are meant to be together.
It is quite lengthy and I would say unsuitable for a starter reader but the story is much enjoyed by my 3 year old. The writing is also quite small. I would say this would be enjoyed by a little girl of up to about 8 or 9 if they love fairies and all things girly. I has also encouraged my daughter to want to know about flowers and has made me learn a bit about them too as she will ask me which flower fairy lives there -it's no good if I don't have a clue what flower is what.
The RRP of this book is £7.99 but currently available from Amazon for £4.20. It's well worth it.