The Wooing of Pomona – An Autumn Story

The Wooing of Pomona – An Autumn Story

  The Keeper-of-All-the-Orchards-in-the-World, a shape-shifting lover, and an abundance of beautiful autumn fruit.   THE WOOING OF POMONA – An Autumn Story –   ONCE upon a time, in the happy days of old, Vertumnus, Keeper-of-All-the-Orchards-in-the-World, […]

Little Ida’s Flowers- A Hans Andersen Fairy Tale

Little Ida’s Flowers- A Hans Andersen Fairy Tale

  A little wax doll, a palace full of flowers, and a midnight dance.   Little Ida’s Flowers – A Hans Andersen Fairy Tale –    “My Poor flowers are quite withered,” little Ida said. “They were […]

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff – An Old Tale from the North

The Three Billy-Goats Gruff – An Old Tale from the North

  Three hungry goats, a troll with a nose as long as a poker, and a bridge that seems impossible to cross.   The Three Billy-Goats Gruff – An Old Tale from the North –   […]

The Illustrations of Kate Greenaway – Celebrating 175 Years

The Illustrations of Kate Greenaway – Celebrating 175 Years

Born in Oxford, England, on the 17th March in 1846, Katherine Greenaway would go on to become one of the most prolific women illustrators of the 20th century. Through her whimsical children’s illustrations, she would bring […]

Eight Years – A Poem For May Day

Eight Years – A Poem For May Day

May 1st has been celebrated for thousands of years. Steeped in folklore magic, it marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and summer solstice. The earliest known celebrations of May are Floralia – the festival of […]

Hans Christian Andersen – A Birthday Collection

Hans Christian Andersen – A Birthday Collection

We’ve pulled together our favourite stories from Hans Christian Andersen in honour of his birthday. The Danish author born on 2nd April in 1805, is responsible for some of the greatest fairy tales of our time, […]

Women’s History Month – The Women of the Golden Age

Women’s History Month – The Women of the Golden Age

Women’s History Month is celebrated every year in March. It honours fantastic women of the past across all industries and countries, in a true celebration of women’s achievements. In this post: Women’s History Month – The […]

The Wind’s Tale – About Waldemar Daa and his Daughters

The Wind’s Tale – About Waldemar Daa and his Daughters

The story of a greedy alchemist, a search for red gold, and a house saved by a stork’s nest. The Wind’s Tale About Waldemar Daa and his Daughters A Hans Christian Andersen Story WHEN the wind […]

The Girl Who Danced With The Fairies – An Irish Halloween Tale

The Girl Who Danced With The Fairies – An Irish Halloween Tale

The prettiest girl in all Ireland, a great fire and the most deliciously tempting music. Halloween, otherwise known as ‘All Hallows Eve’ is a celebration that takes place annually on the 31st of October. It is […]

The Bogey-Beast – An English Fairy Tale

The Bogey-Beast – An English Fairy Tale

A very cheerful old woman, a shape-shifting trickster and a big black pot of luck. This story was taken from English Fairy Tales – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham   The Bogey-Beast An English Fairy Tale THERE […]

Mad Hatter Day – 10 Mad Hatters for Alice In Wonderland Lovers

Mad Hatter Day – 10 Mad Hatters for Alice In Wonderland Lovers

In celebration of Mad Hatter Day, we have compiled our favourite 10 Mad Hatter Illustrations from the collection in our book shop. Since its first publication over 150 years ago, Alice in Wonderland has been illustrated […]

Pook’s Picks for World Poetry Day – The Verse Book Collection

Pook’s Picks for World Poetry Day – The Verse Book Collection

It’s World Poetry Day! Our Pook’s Picks for World Poetry Day takes a look at our verse books, beautiful poetry books for children illustrated by Walter Crane. The collection below features five books from the ‘Toy […]