Illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker
I've been looking for an alternative to the slutty princess market that's been trying for years to foist itself on my six-year-old daughter. These beautiful, botanically-correct flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (1895 - 1973), an English illustrator, satisfy us both.
Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation wrote in this editorial, "Our children are disconnecting with nature . . . By the time they are seven years old, most youngsters have been exposed to more than 20,000 advertisements. They can identify 200 corporate logos, but they cannot identify the trees growing in their front yards."
We're working on rectifying that, and Barker's books of illustrations are a very pleasant way to begin.