Tiny fairytale books that you can make yourself – SOLD!
I didn’t think Laurence King Publishing could top Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini’s My Miniature Library, a gorgeous little kit lauded by the LA Times as ‘the most precious gift set of the year’ until I saw My Fairy Library.
The concept is magical in its simplicity. The kit contains printed sheets and covers for 20 miniature books. 12 are pre-illustrated are the rest are left blank so that you can add your own words and pictures. I was particularly taken with A Guide to Fairyland and Decorating Your Fairy Home whereas Little M preferred the stories especially The Fairy and Two Sisters. It’s hard to sum up how beautifully designed these are in this blog post, but hopefully our photos give you an idea!
The collection is aimed at 7-11 year-olds so Little M was slightly below the age range but she loved making these with me. All you need is a pair of scissors and glue plus a bit of careful folding. My little helper was able to manage the cutting and sticking, I did the concertinaring. She could also read everything herself – good practice during the school holidays. We even designed a couple but decided to save some of the blank sheets for later in the year.
This is where the box comes into it’s own. Sturdily-made, it can double up as either a storage folder or can be adapted to display your creations. If you stand it on its side it becomes an enchanting woodland scene with miniature shelves. Ingenious and super-cute. My one request for future versions (please let there be more!) would be to make the box deep enough to hold a large glue stick.
When Laurence King first gifted My Fairy Library to us, we originally planned to hide some of the books in the woods, but so far have failed in this task. Why? The books are just too beautiful! I cannot bring myself to part with any of them. Truthfully, even if the publisher hadn’t sent us this, as a huge fan of their first set, I would have snapped it up myself., especially at £16.99. It’s added a sprinkle of magic to our summer and I can’t wait for Little M to add more fairy designs to our tiny collection over the years.
You can buy the book here.
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Photos: The Book Family Rogerson