The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Ages 5 to 7
Pages: 248 Hardcover
Date Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than thirty years. All eight of the classic picture books are brought together in this exquisite volume.
The mice of Brambly Hedge made their first appearance in 1980 when the four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there.In this collection the mice have many adventures, but they always have time for fun and relaxation too. Whatever the season, and whether they are by the sea, in the High Hills, or simply at home by the fire, there is always someone ready to lend a helping hand.
Contains: Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, Poppy’s Babies, Sea Story, The High Hills, and The Secret
Through out the past several years I’ve been amassing quite a reading list, both from titles that I plan to read aloud as well as titles for my budding early reader and her siblings to follow to read as they grow. I love books and I hope to instill this love. One title that I have come across on occasional listings is Brambly Hedge. I’ve heard people mention it was a childhood favorite of theirs, but I have not been familiar with this one personally. I was thinking perhaps it was British or the like in my searching for it only revealed options from the UK, so alas I have not had the chance to read it yet.
When I saw that it was coming up to be republished from HarperCollins in the 2015 year I found myself quite excited! As of the end of December (the time of my drafting this informational post) I find myself with fingers crossed that I might be privileged to review a copy.
Jill Barklem was born in Epping and led a quiet childhood enjoying being close to nature. On leaving school, she studied illustration at St Martin’s in London. The inspiration for Brambly Hedge appeared during Jill’s daily train journey between Epping and London: shutting herself off from the outside world, she became obsessed with the way of life of a band of hedgerow mice, later to be developed as the world of Brambly Hedge. Jill still lives in Epping, Essex.