Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Foxglove Story Book

Yesterday I popped into town for a few things and spotted this little gem in a second hand bookshop window:  Enid Blyton's Foxglove Storybook.  When I was younger I read a lot of Enid Blyton books as I'm sure we all did (I especially love the Enchanted Forest/Faraway tree series) and this book brought up a few nostalgic childhood memories.  

Whilst sometimes I find the amount of 'twee' in Enid Blyton books a bit hard to stomach, I do really love the fact that so many of her stories are about elves, pixies, goblins, fairies, brownies and magical lands. there is a certain charm about them that you don't often find in modern children's book today.

However the real reason I bought this book was because of the illustrations. To be honest I have read enough of Enid Blytons stuff to take it or leave it but there was something about the cover illustration (and one of the illustrations inside) that I just absolutely fell in love with.  One is a fairy in a foxglove outfit with a little fox who is wearing foxglove gloves! (wow I bet you can't say that too fast!) And the other is the same fairy trying on a pair of elegant gloves from 'Fox & Co Glove makers.' -What could be quainter than that? 

These illustrations are by Hilda Boswell and I love all the little details she puts into them.  Such as these two weird little green creatures:

However there are only actually four full colour pictures inside this book.  Most of the illustrations are done in three colours.  And also not all the stories are about fairies and elves etc... There's a mixture of stuff. also a few poems and puzzles and things. 

Still, just to have these two foxglove fairy illustrations makes the book worth it to me!

Did you ever read any Enid Blyton as a child? What was your favourite book?


Anonymous said...

What a lovely find Harriet,I LOVE those illustrations too :)
Xxxxxlove julie

Sharon Souter said...

These illustrations are absolutely enchanting - I love the one on the cover - both the fairy and the fox are just too delightful. The book is worth it as you say for the first two illustrations alone. I also grew up with Enid Blyton - I don't think I could name a favourite as the books I enjoyed changed as I went through the different stages of childhood.

Plushpussycat said...

I've never heard of Enid Blyton until now, Victoria, but I'm definitely going to look her up. The illustrations are really sweet. Thanks for educating me, yet again! xo Jennifer

Anna said...

Just found your page, love your photos! I, too, am a big fan of nostalgic book illustrations (and though I'm 23 I read mostly children's books from my own childhood, I don't want to read anything bad so I'll just stick to what I know is good ;) . I guess this Enid Blyton is The Five-Enid Blyton? I've read them and some of her other adventure books but this one I have not seen. I'm quite sure it hasn't been translated to Finnish.

Tammie Lee said...


no i never read these books
but i would like too
so charming
i also love all the little details you have shared with us
flowers for mittens! fabulous!

thank you~

Vicky Lovejoy said...

What a beautiful book!! I wouldn't have been able to resist buying this either :) The illustrations are divine!!
As a child I used to get totally lost in the enchanted forest/magic faraway tree series. I still have the copy I used to read(five books in one) and I'll always treasure it because it gave me so much happiness!! I'd love to make a faraway tree in miniature :)
Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Such a precious book, love the illustrations x

Barbara said...

Beautiful illustrations, especially the fox trying on fox gloves! With thanks to Sharon at for telling me about your post.

Stephanie said...

Great find. Someone on my friend's list put a photo a the fox on my wall, very similar to the one in this book you posted about.

Kdotorg said...

I used to love reading Enid Brighton when I was young!! The illustrations were just magical, and they still are.
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