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Posted August 30, 2013
I have the hardcover version of this book and would highly suggest to anyone that they get this format since it is a darling little book, just the right size to share with children and it contains the most delightful photos. My kids and I spent hours looking at the pictures and finding all the fairy details in them.
An added bonus are the educational opportunities Fairy Garden Handbook provides to caregivers for sharing the natural world with children. Beyond the cute tiny houses is a real life discussion of butterfly gardens to help aid our pollinators with their jobs and also ideas to attract hummingbirds and add music to your garden. The more children come to love nature, the more then will fight to protect it.
Children are naturally drawn to the outdoors and using a book like this to launch their flights of fancy is definitely a worthwhile investment. Everyone, even apartment dwellers, can find something to do in this book to bring nature closer to their children and help their fantasies fly free.
One of the best books to share with children I've read this year.
Posted August 27, 2013
This is a beautiful book that is full of some good inspirations, but not a ton of actual useful planning tools. For example, seeing pictures of twig furniture, but not giving a basic plan as to how to build it, was a bit frustrating. (In researching this issue, I found that the _Fairy House Handbook_ may answer my needs, it seems, by the same author. I would think that should have been listed in the Further Reading or Resources section at the back of the book.)
However, as a start to the process of inviting fairies with a welcoming heart to your garden, this is a good place to begin. It gives the basics of what a successful garden needs in terms of nutrition, focusing on the magic of nature to invite the fairies in. Choosing a container and making sure you have the right foundation of soil are key; the lists of plants, their meanings and their uses in fairy gardens was also a wonderful resource. I loved the literary tie-backs to Shakespeare and Marjorie Barrows.
The pictures alone are worth the book's place in your library, and if you have a child wanting to start a fairy garden, flipping through this book is sure to start them on their proper path.