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The Forget-Me-Not Fairy

So small, so blue, in grassy places
My flowers raise
Their tiny faces.

By streams my bigger sisters grow,
And smile in gardens,
In a row.

I’ve never seen a garden plot;
But though I’m small
Forget me not!

The Buttercup Fairy

’Tis I whom children love the best;
My wealth is all for them;
For them is set each glossy cup
Upon each sturdy stem.

O little playmates whom I love!
The sky is summer-blue,
And meadows full of buttercups
Are spread abroad for you.

The Hawthorn Fairy

These thorny branches bore the May
So many months ago,
That when the scattered petals lay
Like drifts of fallen snow,
“This is the story’s end,” you said;
But O, not half was told!
For see, my haws are here instead,
And hungry birdies shall be fed
On these when days are cold.

The Wild Rose Fairy

I am the queen whom everybody knows:
I am the English Rose;
As light and free as any Jenny Wren,
As dear to Englishmen;

As joyous as a Robin Redbreast’s tune,
I scent the air of June;
My buds are rosy as a baby’s cheek;
I have one word to speak,

One word which is my secret and my song,
’Tis “England, England, England” all day long.

The Mountain Ash Fairy

They thought me, once, a magic tree
Of wondrous lucky charm,
And at the door they planted me
To keep the house from harm.

They have no fear of witchcraft now,
Yet here am I today;
I’ve hung my berries from the bough,
And merrily I say:

“Come, all you blackbirds, bring your wives,
Your sons and daughters too;
The finest banquet of your lives
Is here prepared for you.”

(The Mountain Ash’s other name is Rowan; and it used to be called Witchentree and Witch-wood too.)

Japan

Japan (Novelty)
Dai Nippon Kaija
7 Kanda Nishikich 1chome,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054
http://www.kaiga.co.jp/

Japan (Classic)
Graphic Sha
1-14-17 Kudankita,
Chiyodaku Tokyo, 102-0073
Japan
http://www.graphicsha.co.jp/

China

Penguin China
B-7 Jiaming Center
27 East Third Ring Road North
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020
China
http://www.penguin.com.cn/

Canada

Penguin Random House Canada
90 Eglinton Avenue East
Suite 700

Toronto Ontario
M4P 2Y3 Canada

http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/

Australia

Penguin Books Australia
707 Collins Street,
Melbourne
Victoria 3008
Australia
https://www.penguin.com.au/

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Dance like the Flower Fairies

Learn to dance just like the Flower Fairies with this magical DVD.

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Peaceful Wooden Puzzles

Peaceful Wooden Puzzles have created a set of 24 Flower Fairies puzzles for their Alphabet series.

Each Victorian-style wooden jigsaw puzzles features 112 flower, fairy and garden shaped pieces, measures 6” x 8”, and comes in a beautiful tin.

View the full range at peacefulwoodenpuzzles.com

Personalised Flower Fairies cards from Moonpig.com

Flower Fairies licensee Moonpig.com have launched a gorgeous new range of cards, all available via their website, which include new personalisable options including photos.

You can view the full range of their Flower Fairies cards on their website moonpig.com

Flower Fairies Festival

A Flower Fairies Festival is being held in Croydon in June this year, birthplace of Cicely Mary Barker, as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival.

Part of the Friends of Park Hill Park’s preparations included the re-dedication of the Cicely Mary Barker Garden within the park, including a memorial plaque featuring some of her timeless Flower Fairies illustrations.

The festival has had a wonderful response in the local press and social media, including activities such as natural trails, a Flower Fairy Walled Garden (using Flower Fairies illustrations to help children identify specific plants and flowers), a professional story telling session, and the launch of a creative illustration and writing competition for participating local schools.

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Flower Fairies Prints & Canvases

King & McGaw’s new collection of vintage Flower Fairies prints and canvases are now available.

Chiming nicely with the fairy tale theme at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the beautiful vintage prints combine a fantasy world with real botanical accuracy. In the most faithful reproduction since they were originally published in 1923, this collection of the much-loved illustrations will instil a sense of magic and charm into your home.

Check out the full range online at kingandmcgaw.com

London’s Year of the Bus

This year, Transport for London and the London Transport Museum have been celebrating the ‘Year of the Bus‘ – a series of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and activities that will reconnect Londoners with their bus network and remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city.

As part of this, TfL with Wild In Art have created four Bus Sculpture Trails around London, creating free public art trails of bus sculptures, painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists.

A Flower Fairies bus forms part of the Croydon Bus Sculpture trail, painted by artist Michelle Heron and sponsored by the Whitgift Shopping Centre. Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon, forming a lovely link between the town and artwork. The bus can be viewed in situ at the Whitgift Shopping Centre, and it’s hoped that lots of people will be sharing photographs of this and the other buses via social media networks – you can view and share photos on Twitter using #yearofthebus

In early 2015, the bus sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and the London Transport Museum. Find out more at tfl.gov.uk

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Taylors of Harrogate’s Flavour Fairies

The Flower Fairies are being reimagined by Taylors of Harrogate, whose lovely new magazine adverts pay homage to them.

Created by Croydon illustrator Cicely Mary Barker, each fairy is in charge of looking after a particular plant and singing a poem to it every day; Barker used children from her teacher sister’s nursery school as models, who posed patiently in a homemade flower fairy costume with the corresponding plant in their hand (though the plant was always a bit larger than to scale in the final illustration).

At Taylors HQ, many of the team grew up with the Flower Fairies – and it’s probably no surprise that people who work for a tea company identify with the little fairies’ jobs as caretakers of wonderful botanicals. So they drew a touch of inspiration from them when they teamed up with Kew Gardens on their range of fruit and herbal teas. And in working with Flower Fairies publishers Penguin Random House they found a striking coincidence.

When Barker couldn’t find a particular plant herself she would enlist the help of experts at nearby Kew Gardens. Her own close relationship with the botanical gardens is one that mirrors Taylors, as they worked together some 90 years after the flower fairies first flitted into the world! Find out more at taylorstea.co.uk

Sand Sculpting Display

The Sand Sculpting Australia team returned to Frankston Waterfront with their largest exhibition yet – ‘Story Land‘.

Each hand crafted sand sculpture depicted a much loved classic or modern story book character; everyone was wowed by detailed sand sculptures featuring the likes of Harry Potter, Angelina Ballerina, Spot the Dog, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Angry Birds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Postman Pat and so many more Penguin Books titles – including our own beloved Flower Fairies!