A Fairy Went A-Marketing! We are totally in love with this beautiful picture book originally composed by Ruth Fyleman and illustrated by Jamichael Henterly. I discovered this little gem about 10 years ago when Violet was just a wee one and I was selling early childhood development toys. There were many books re-printed by the company and this one has proved to be such a lovely little treasure. The illustrations are heavenly and a little bit like a "hidden pictures" format, there is something new to find in each picture each time the book is read. Cover insert: A kindly fairy uses her puchases only for a short time, then releases them for their own good or the good of others. Fyleman, Rose (1877-1957). The text is just delicious!
A Fairy went a-marketing, she bought a little fish; She put it in a crystal bowl upon a silver dish. An hour she sat in wonderment and watched its silver gleam, And then she gently took it up and slipped it in a stream.
A Fairy went a-marketing, she bought a colored bird; It sang the sweetest, shrillest song that ever she had heard. She sat besides its painted cage and listened half the day, And then she opened wide the door and let it fly away.
A Fairy went a-marketing, she bought a winter gown, All stitched about with gossamer and lined with thistledown. She wore it all the afternoon with prancing and delight, Then gave it to a little frog to keep him warm at night.
A Fairy went a-marketing, she bought a gentle mouse, To take her tiny messages, to keep her tiny house. All day she kept its bust feet pit-patting to and fro, And then she kissed its silken ears, thanked it, and let it go.
"Henterly adds elaborate pictures to this simple verse taken from Fairies and Chimneys by the late Fyleman. The artist has created a fairy-world of beauty with animals, plants, reptiles and small details making each double-page spread a breathtaking scene. The fairy-girl goes to market four times; whatever she buys fish, bird, gown or mouse, she sets free or gives away. Henterly's luminous drawings reveal an eye for the many fleeting details of nature; the curve of a squirrel's tail, the peeling bark of a birch tree." (Publisher's Weekly)
There are a few used copies at amazon.com that are well worth the under $25 price for a beautiful timeless treasure! I think it would make a wonderful copywork piece for an older child to illustrate and add their own "fairy magic" to the text!