For my daughter's fourth birthday earlier this month, I found the loveliest (and pinkest!) book of fairies with pictures illustrated by our favourite fairy expert, Cicely Mary Barker.
In addition to all the familiar and delightful fairies we have come to know through her other books, there are wonderful poems, activities and a lengthy chapter story as well. I think it appeals to any of us who love fairies!
In the (gold-edged!) pages, we saw a lovely little fairy garden that we created ourselves, changing things a bit here and there to make it our own.
We planted some flowers, little ones are best, though we used what we had. Sprinkling a little sand for a pathway to wind through the garden, lined with glass beads. A little dish of water surrounded by some moss makes a lovely place for the fairies to cool themselves on hot, summer days.
This book is a real gem for anyone charmed by the wee folk...particularly if you are between the ages of 4 and 12, I think. We are having such fun creating this fairy garden right outside our front door...and it continues to evolve and expand with magic, every day.
Shhhh, if you build it, they will come.