Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Return to Fairyopolis

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I had been searching for a children's pop-up storybook at the flea market for a while but with no luck of finding one in decent condition. There is something so magical and nostalgic and yet so simple, about pop-up books. So it was with great joy, when I popped into my local WHSmith for a magazine, that I managed to find this book while browsing their clearance section. In fact, I loved it so much, I returned the next day to buy another for a friend.

The book is styled as a journal-scrapbook belonging to Dulcie, a sixteen year old girl with fond memories of her and friend Cecilie's adventures looking for fairies when they were younger. The book includes postcards, cinema tickets, pop-up and removable letters chronicling the two friends' correspondence in their search for the flower fairies.

The book brought back such memories for me too. I loved the Flower Fairy books when I was a little girl and I think we still have them in our attic. I used to read the books over and over. So it was a great discovery to find this book on my local high street - I do believe you're never too old for fairies!


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44 comments:

  1. This book looks so wonderful! I think the pop-ups are my favourite, and the postcard. Your photo's do them justice and make them look so magical. I'll be looking out for this in Smiths! x

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  2. This looks stunning, I adore pop-up books. Have you ever seen the Robert Sabuda books? He's a paper engineer and he has created fabulous pop-up versions of Peter Pan, The Wizrd of Oz and Alice in Wonderland to name a few. They are amazing, so intricate and detailed, truly beutiful to look at.

    I also love the flower fairies, I have a very old copy of the song book which has the most beautiful illustrations and little rhymes to go with each fairy.

    xxx

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  3. loveaudrey - thanks for sharing your memories too :-) i will look them up

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  4. Wow that book is stunning, I love the little letters - I loved flower fairies when I was little, I would have adored this book!

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  5. Oh I love it! Thankyou so much P. It's such a wonderful gift. Fairies are very close to my heart.
    And it's very true that no one is ever too old for them.
    I love the way you've taken the photos, the pop up at the back is so detailed isn't it!
    I've always enjoyed books which have letters and little flaps to lift and pop up sections. And have always loved flower fairies too.
    Love n fairy dust kat xxx

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  6. I used to love Flower Fairies books too, this is lovely!

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  7. I have this very book!!! & I simply adore it.

    Did you know this is follow up to the original 'A Flower Fairies Journal' by Cicely Barker? It's pretty much the same concept, adorable aesthetic and added quirks like letters and envelopes. It's a purple cover with a similar silver design.

    I got the first one a couple of Christmas’s ago and then the year after got 'Return to Fairyopolis'. I really recommend them both. They are the most stunning books. There is even an envelope containing some fairy dust!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these books xx

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  8. This book looks so cute! I loved anything fairy when I was little.

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  9. I love this post!! This takes me back, I always adored Pop-Up Books as a kid. Your images are beautiful.

    Hope you're having a fantastic week :)

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  10. oh my!! i love the flower fairies pictures :D my mum covered my walls with framed pictures of them when i was little :D i want this book! im going to look for it.. iv got a flower fairy address book. xxxxxx

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  11. Pop-ups were my favourite! When I was a little girl I had one which contained the most famous tales (Little red riding hood, Sleeping beauty) It was amazing and I was really fascinated with it.

    Fairies are just magic, and sometimes it's nice to remember that we can have some magic in our lives, isn't it?

    Thank you for this cute and close post.

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  13. I bought my friend the Dragons version of this book a couple of years ago - they're just so beautiful! I love yours.

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  14. I didn't know there were pop up books this sofisticated!

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  15. what a beautiful book! ive never read these series when i was younger, but i'm intrigued!:) i just love children's books.

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  16. this book is gorgeous, beautiful, magical! i love interactive books with little letters, notes, and compartments! <3

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  17. I have just stumbled accross your blog(and started following)and I utterly adore it!
    What an amazing find, I love secondhand books of any kind, they have so much character & charm
    xo

    porcelain-complexion.blogspot.com

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  18. What a lucky find! I used to love picture books. I even made one when I was little. What gorgeous details! If I do find one around here, I doubt I'm ever going to find anything as pretty as yours. Sweet flea market trip!

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  19. Oh oh oh, I've seen this, translated to danish, my cousin has it. It's so wonderful! :)

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  20. I love this post. Remind me of my childhood years.

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  21. Wow it´s so beautiful, I love fairies

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  22. lovely pictures!

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  23. I was just about to mention the books Love Audrey commented. they're available in The Baltic shop. I got the Alice in Wonderland one for a friend and they're just magical!

    Katie xox

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  24. Ooh I love fairies. I used to have the flower fairy books. I have just bought lots of flower fairy stuff for my daughters birthday. Lovely pictures.

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  25. Oh I used to love Flower Fairies so very much! I still have one of their books. I'm going to go dig it up righ away!

    Leia's Delights

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  26. gorgeous pictures!
    fairies... i still dream of them!

    xoxo

    ✺‿✺

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  27. Definitely never too old, I still talk to fairies:)

    The book is the sweetest thing ever, you are so lucky to have found it!
    xx

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  28. Such an amazingly sweet book!

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  29. Oh wow, that's gorgeous. Such a lovely gift to give.

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  30. What a gorgeous book! I used to love pop-up books as a child and this one looks fantastic! I like the additional details like the letters, notes and cinema tickets...

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  31. this reminds me of 'lady cottington's pressed fairy book' which is a bit less adorable and a bit more edgy. but still awesome :) i got it at barnes & noble on clearance...i don't remember how much anymore but i love it!

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  32. oh my goodness! this is one precious find!! and i can't believe how much details it has within...simply magical! you did a great job capturing them all in shots! lovely.
    xxjess

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  33. Wow! This is so beautifully done. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing :-)

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  34. Yes, we are never to old for fairies. I don't know what's in them but I'd rather be a fairy than a princess. They're beautiful, slender, they can fly, they can work magic - I just love fairies.

    I so envy you! Pop-up are the best children's books. This one is especially unique with the post cards and letters.

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  35. So beautifull post! =)
    lovely!!

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  36. I adore pop up books and books with things that pull out and open up! This is beautiful. x

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  37. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves a good pop-up! I love it when they have adorable treats like those letters, this was a very sweet find indeed :D

    Ripped Nylon

    p.s. I'll e-mail you shortly, thanks so much for getting back to me

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  38. Such a great book! When I see things like this in a store, I always want to take them with me :)

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  39. What a cute idea for a book!

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  40. I adore this book :0) One of my favs...great pics. Trace x

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