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?