Monday, March 5, 2012

The Great British Bunny Book Tradition




There's just no denying that the English have the edge on the most noted nursery books of all time, and certainly a few of my favorites. Peter Rabbit, Wind in the Willows, Pooh Corner-- British, British, and yet again, British. I've mentioned Jill Barklem and her Brambly Hedge books here before, and Brian & Cynthia Paterson's Foxwood Tales, but I wonder if you know the Oakapple Wood Stories by the wonderful illustrator Jenny Partridge. I have only four of her books done in the eighties, now out-of-print. The book jackets and pages are in color, but I wanted just the prints for this post. The illustrations are full of the delightful detail British artists are known for. . . .












LOP-EAR

















The end pages are wonderfully drawn too!







Harriet Plume








Grandma Snuffles

































Spring is the perfect time to appreciate these fanciful picture books with their simple enchanting stories. (Child optional.) Nothing could be more cottagey!

Marching on. . . .

Jacqueline



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29 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Jacqueline,

You know I REMEMBER those books! My girls grew up in the 80s and I know I have read them to them, I am certain of it.

I LOVE how you photographed everything, I loooove ivory and browns together, oh the china and eggs, so so wonderful.

You are an amazing artist.

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

The images and sketches made my heart miss a beat.

A fabulous and magical post

Helenxx

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the book pictures, so sweet. Somehow we missed those books when my daughter was growing up. Of course the dishes are wonderful too. Laura

Olive Cooper said...

harriet snuffles...love that name...i also think the british write mystery better than anybody. i have a cat asleep on my wrist and cannot type correctly...yikes

Aledia said...

What beautiful books!
Thank You for sharing them and I hope you have a wonderful night!

Aledia

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The illustrations are so sweet!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Love these little books! The pictures are so sweet. Looks perfect the way you set everything up.

Debbie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore your brown and white vignette!

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

Peaches & Maple said...

Those books are just adorable and I love your photographs Jacqueline, so peaceful and calming. Bless.
Cas x

Jen said...

I was not familiar with them, but they are adorable. I have such a weakness for children's books! Your photos are gorgeous.

Pamela Gordon said...

I have never een these sweet little books. They look wonderful in your white and brown vignette. Lovely post. Pamela

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Again you have set up the perfect beautiful story. What adorable books. Judy

Tricia Rose said...

'Woeful and the Waspberries'? 'Little Gray Rabbit'?

One wonderful thing about all these books, they are perfect for adult insomnia, they lull, soothe and charm you right back to the pillow...

jeanetteann said...

Yes it's hard to beat those beautiful children's books. I think the illustrations are even better than the stories.
x jeanetteann

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those look like some cute books. Great pictures.

Deserae said...

Beautiful illustrations!
~Des

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, these are treasures. I love children's books and these are some of the sweetest I've seen. Love the vignettes! ~ Sarah

sweet violets said...

How charming!!! I don't think I've ever seen those before, and I adore children's books.....have a few myself!!! As expected, your still life is wonderful...hugs...cleo

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Bonjout Jacueline...thank you so much for linking me - this way I could discover your lovely lovely blog too! I love white and this post is a real coup de coeur...merci!
Ronelle (http://myfrenchkitchen.wordpress.com/)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your books and dishes are fabulous and you have created such a lovely vignette. The nest is such a super addition. Love it. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

My goodness, Jacqueline, I'm having to work really hard not be jealous of all the "playing in the dishes" time you seem to be having lately! I'm so glad you're sharing with us. What a treat!

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Oh those books look wonderful! I especially love books about bunnies. Beautiful post as always. Bess

Haworth said...

I'd never heard of these books, Jacqueline. Thanks so much for showing them to us! The illustrations are adorable.(By the way, is that Enoch Wedgwood ironstone?)

Rosewalk Cottage said...

What a sweet post. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the visit.
~Clara

fixitfaerie said...

All of your pictures are beautiful. The book illustrations are so well done, lucky you.
I love all things pink and white. You have a teapot and cup and saucer that I particularly love...the pink and white with gold trim and white flowers on the pink. Do they have markings from the maker of these beautiful pieces? If so, would you mind letting me know who it is? Thank you for sharing your lovely things with us.
Paula Lusk

Ineke van den Akker said...

Wonderful!
Greetings from Holland.
with love,
Ineke

victoriantailor said...

Your photo's are beautiful!!! A wonderful way to capture the adorable books, love the nests!

Gloria said...

I have never heard of these books. I wish I had...all of our daughters were born in the 80's, I would have loved to be able to read these to them!

They are SO sweet and beautiful! Your photographs are amazing, thanks for sharing..:)

xoxo...Gloria

Nook and Cranny said...

Love the books, so sweet.
Michele

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