See nature in a whole new light with this enchantingly illustrated treasury of natural folklore and wild wisdom from around the world.
Did you know that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm? That lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups? And that taking dandelions into the house would make you wet the bed?
Traditional nature folklore can help us understand how our ancestors interacted with the world around them and allows us to view nature from a new perspective. Stunningly delicate and magical illustrations capture the magic and strangeness inherent in natural folklore, and cultures from around the world are represented in this comprehensive compendium.
In this book, discover the lore of:
- An array of different animals, birds and insects
- All types of flowers, plants and trees
- The weather, sun, moon and stars
- Good and bad omens, and lucky charms
About the Author
Claire Cock-Starkey is an author who worked with Ben Schott on his hugely successful Miscellanies and Almanacs. She has worked for BBC Radio 4 and written many other miscellanies and fact-filled books on history, libraries, words, books, and museums, including: Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins (British Library, 2016), The Book Lovers’ Miscellany (Bodleian Library Publishing, 2017). She is happiest perched in the British Library reading rooms surrounded by a pile of obscure and fascinating books, researching her next book.
With over 50K followers on instagram, nomadic illustrator AITCH originally hails from Romania but prefers not to put down roots in any one place; new scenery inspires and invigorates her tactile, folky illustrations and a constant string of exhibitions in cities across the continent pushes her technique further. Her dreamy characters hide among William Morris–esque gardens and bring to mind a bright and bold reincarnation of Victorian melancholy while still retaining a strong sense of her Romanian heritage.
“Engaging and informative.”
“Cute and entertaining.”
—Nancy Call, ¬formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA, School Library Journal
“A visual delight.”
—Kathleen McBroom, Booklist
“Delightfully discursive look at nature-themed folk wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly