The Morton Arboretum is planning something pretty cool this weekend: a Flower Fairy Festival! If you like fairy crafts and stories, check it out (and don’t forget, the arboretum is one of the special places you can visit with the Museum Adventure Pass).
I first encountered Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies at a little bookstore in my hometown. I loved the illustrations of the fairies with their clothes made out of flowers. The day I saw the book I didn’t have money to buy it, and I didn’t realize at the time that her fairies are pretty famous and I would be able to find her work again.
You can find lots of Flower Fairy books in the library. There is a set of picture books in the ESERIES section and a set of chapter books in the JSERIES section. You can also find Barker’s original illustrated poetry under J 821.912 BAR.
Here are some more books to try if you’re interested in Barker’s work:
The Lord of the Rushie River and, Simon the Swan by Cicely Mary Barker
A Little Book of Bible Stories by Dorothy O. Barker, illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
(I believe Dorothy was the sister who ran the kindergarten where Cicely found children to model for the fairies and human children in her illustrations.)
Cicely Mary Barker and Her Art by Jane Laing
The Girls’ Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
If you would like to try drawing your own fairies, take a look at these:
How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids by Fiona Watt
Learn to Draw the Fairies of Pixie Hollow by Disney Storybook Artists
For another, rather different, take on fairy clothing made from flowers, check out Farie-ality: The Fashion Collection by Genie Shields.