How did I not know about Brambly Hedge?
I love our co-op preschool. It's great how, after a year of working together, we parents know each other really well.
When one of the parents asked me, a month or two ago, whether I was familiar with the Brambly Hedge books I had no idea what she was talking about. But I knew that I'd better find out. She knows me well enough that I trust her opinions entirely, and she thought I would enjoy the author's attention to detail. (Oh, she knows me too well with my little obsessions...)
Our library doesn't have the books, which surprised me. Are they out of print? I had difficulty tracking them down and finally purchased two copies on Amazon (love the used book option--it makes purchasing out-of-print books so much easier than ebay).
The first book just arrived. It's amazing. The story is simultaneously sweet and exciting, and it will thoroughly capture Tsia's attention when we give it to her for Christmas.
But the illustrations! Very Beatrix Potter in feeling and presentation, and completely fantastic. Here are two of them, in case you aren't familiar with the books either. Beautiful, yes?
You can see more illustrations on the Brambly Hedge website as well. And look at this sewing pattern for the little mice! Very sweet.
So I guess I need to come out from under my rock here. I thought I knew children's books pretty well. What other books am I missing?