Book Reading Challenge: Book 8

The Enchanted Wood

What can I say!  I feel as though I have been transported back in time.  Through gold framed, rich, elaborate, colourful pictures, we follow Sarah Jane, through the forest where she meets all these beautiful fairies.  When they insist that Sarah Jane is needed in Fairyland, she is magically made smaller, and flown to a beautiful island, where she meets the Fairy King and Queen.   Sarah Jane discovers that her presence, being mortal, will bring good fortune and a happy marriage, and therefore is invited to their daughter’s wedding.

 Author and illustrator Shirley Barber has certainly pulled out all the stops with this beautiful story.  Born Shirley Machon and growing up on the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel, she always knew she would follow her parents love of art and in her teens won many prizes.  With her husband (Peter Donald Turner) she immigrated to Australia.  She also dabbled in all types of art including pottery and figurines and worked as a fabric designer.   Shirley also built up a thriving business of paintings mostly depicting fairies, and cute animals.  In 1985, 30 years after first attempting, she reworded Martha B Rabbit (picture book) and resubmitted for publishing, eventually receiving special mention in the coveted Crici In Erba Awards throughout Europe.  I could go on about this author but I would rather you took time out to wander through her wonderland that is her website, beautifully crafted by one of her sons.  Read her life story, check out her art catalogue.  There are downloads of how to paint or listen to her read.  One can get lost here as you would in one of her exquisite books.  This is a website I will visit again, if only to visit the dream-child within me, play a gem game, or try my hand at painting.

Shirley’s website is:

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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4 Responses to Book Reading Challenge: Book 8

  1. Patricia says:

    Sounds like an enchanting book. My daughter loved fairies, fairy stories, and dress-up clothing. Today, at age 26, she has a glass cabinet filled with fairies. She would have loved a book like this. Is it published in the states, or local to NZ? She has saved all of her favorite books for her children. Would be fun to give her this book.


  2. Patricia says:

    Noticed she has a new book out Alienology — you must review it as it sounds very unique with puzzles etc. Also wondered about her age and if she lived on the Guernsey Channel Islands during the war. One of my favorite adult books is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” written about the residents that lived there during the German occupation. She may have been a child, or not born yet. Anyway, her collection of books must be popular as she’s sold 30 million. 🙂


  3. Thanks for the update Patricia, and I will certainly check out the Alienology book. Don’t you just love her pictures. Her websight is just gorgeous.

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