“Do you ever wonder where the colour goes to when the flowers die? The fairies help ’emselves to it.”
Mr. Digswell from Joan in Flowerland
Hare's Foot Clover
Foxglove Hat Shop
Mr. Digswell tells Joan he has seen fairies “about the garden in the evening; when it's all quiet-like, but it's out in the meadow where you'll find 'em, for they loves the wild flowers best." With that Joan and her rough-haired puppy, Wiggles, head to the meadow to see if they can find them - and of course, they do!
Joan in Flowerland by Margaret W. Tarrant and Lewis Dutton first edition published by Frederick Warne in 1935.
The little fairy on the front cover hints at sometime special but I was still unprepared for quite so many delights. There are fairies and elves galore in the 16 colour plates and 27 line drawings. Even the blue and white endpapers are decorated with fairies and elves. This really is a Flower Fairy Delight!
I'm struggling to decide which of the illustrations I like best. Moon Daisies, Water Lilies and Lady’s Slipper are high on my list, but I also like Rose hips and Honeysuckle and…
Can you pick just one?