This time of year here in the north, we are craving color! This darling book called "Happy Easter", by Kurt Wiese will fill your craving and then some. I found this book at an estate sale last year. It is in sorry shape, but the illustrations within are still bright and beautiful. Most of us have colored eggs before and the results were much as in the image below, pretty, but nothing too extraordinary.
The magic of a good children's book, is that anything can happen. The writer/illustrator may come up with anything they desire. I feel that the end of the story was probably dreamed up first, and then the author went back and filled in his story to fit his illustrations.
Kurt Wiese (1887-1974), wrote/illustrated over twenty children's books and illustrated another three hundred some for other authors. He was born in Germany and eventually ended up in the USA.
This book cover was really dirty and as I scrubbed on it, most of the color came off, it is now a dull yellow. This is a library book and had been treated poorly and bore all of the marks, and stamps of the library. Eventually 'Discard' had been stamped all over it and it was taken out of circulation. This book was published in 1952, this book was the fourth printing. The book is not good enough for resale, but I am very happy to have it in my collection.
For other bloggers out there, you may have noticed that Picasa now links directly to GooglePlus, supposedly there is no limit on photo storage (if you use GooglePlus). I had been downsizing my images, but now Google actually wants the photos to be larger. If you click on the pictures, you will see them in a much larger size.
The delightful story is of Mrs. Rabbit sending out her youngsters to find some eggs to color. Apparently it is the job of rabbits to color and hide eggs in local people's gardens for Easter.
Off her children went in search of eggs.
They came upon Mrs. Hen, who finally parted with her eggs.
Mrs. Hen was disappointed that her eggs would not hatch despite her sitting on them for weeks.
The rabbit children hauled all the eggs back to Mrs. Rabbit who started the preparations for dying the eggs. They all where painting and coloring the eggs when they started hearing these crackling noises.
Then look what happened!! The eggs popped open and these rainbow colored chicks hopped out!
It had a happy ending for Mrs. Hen, her chicks all returned in brightly colored feathers. Sadly no Easter eggs that year.
Push aside those gray skies and watch the sun stream through the windows. This is the time of year for new life to begin. Time for some cute baby animals this spring! Here are a few I've gathered from around the web and from my own files, I think they all are extremely cute! So ignore those piles of snow (my northern friends) and take a little break.
While we wait for spring's arrival, I wanted to share this little video I made of the whimsical fairy gardens that I visited a few weeks ago. I didn't have to go too far to find a whole different world full of tiny, little fairy delights.
This presentation took place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the gardens were created by the Tonkadale Greenhouse. I think they did a magnificent job putting these little vignettes together. I can only imagine how much fun that must have been! I picked a few of my favorite images and put together this little glimpse into the world of the fairies, gnomes and sprites. They are all around, in the trees, under the leaves, spreading magic with their tiny fairy wands.
They had a few nice books on display featuring our favorite fairies and artists, like Cicely Barker.
Below are some of my favorite images and a few more that I could not fit into the video. Check out the charming cottages, furniture and accessories. I'm a bit envious of some of their darling homes!
This little fairy is in the orchard picking apples.
Who knew cute little gnomes lived in the desert!
An Asian themed fairy house.
Fairies also roast marshmallows!
The beautiful interior of the Arboretum's main hall.
Are you feeling inspired to create your own fairy garden? I can hardly wait!