After what seems like the longest winter ever, the sun is shining, and Spring is finally upon us! We’ve sorted a Spring Reading List full of books inspired by flowers, new releases to get stuck into, and some perfect books for Easter.
A Floral Fantasy – In An Old English Garden – Illustrated by Walter Crane is a beautiful book full of whimsical poetry. Set in an English Garden, the touching tale brings to life each beautiful flower, narrating time long since passed, accompanied by the stunning neoclassical-style illustrations from Walter Crane.
A fascinating insight into a bygone era, this wonderfully unique work provides an enchantingly illustrated glossary of The Language of Flowers. It shares the tradition, sparked by renewed Victorian era interest in botany and exotic plants – of using flowers as a means of covert communication.
The Flower Book is a charming volume, containing poems, stories and anecdotes about the wonderful array of British plants and flowers. It was written by Constance Armfield, and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield, and contains four sections: ‘The Meadows and Coppice’, ‘The Hedge’, ‘The Garden, ‘The Pool’, and The Herb Patch.’ In these sections, one can find stories and drawings regarding Snowdrops, Violets, Daffodils, Primroses, Buttercups, Bluebells, Honeysuckle, Tulips, Roses, Iris, Nasturtium, and many more.
The Secret Garden is the timeless story of Mary Lennox, a sickly girl who is left orphaned and alone when an outbreak of cholera kills her parents and the staff of their home in India. She eventually ends up in Yorkshire with her uncle Archibald Craven and becomes inspired by the curious story of a nearby ‘secret garden’ she hears from a neighbour. A new film adaptation of the tale comes out in April, the perfect amount of time to read the book before the film comes out.
New Titles for 2020
Books for Easter
This beautiful book, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson, was originally published in 1913. It is a fantastic collection of seventeen classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Stories include, ‘The March King’s Daughter’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Storks’, ‘The Real Princess’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and more. These classic tales are accompanied by 16 incredible colour illustrations many beautiful and intricate black and white drawings by W. Heath Robinson.
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