With Spring just around the corner I am reminded of the Brambly Hedge books from my childhood- specifically this one:
I used to love the Brambly hedge books (still do!) and one reason is because the pictures are so beautifully detailed. I especially like the 'cut-through' scenes where you can see all the little rooms through the wall of the tree. It looks like a mouse dolls house!
In case you havn't come across Brambly Hedge before they are a series of quaint little books about the mice who live in the hedgerow. There is Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story and then a few others besides.
Spring Story is all about the birthday of Wilfred Toadflax- an overexciteable little mouse who lives with his family in the hornbeam tree. It's a gentle, joyful, sunny story about how the mice of Brambly hedge organise a surprise picnic for his birthday.
I love the tranquil, magical world which Jill Barklem creates in the Brambly Hedge books. I also love how in a way this world is based in the real English countryside. It makes you really appreciate the beauty of nature because whilst the mice and their houses etc are all fantasy, the surroundings are not. The English countryside can be really beautiful!
Did you used to read Brambly Hedge?