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David Larkin (Editor), Brian Froud, Alan Lee (Contributor)


  Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells : Quentin Cottington's Journal of Faery Research

Terry Jones, Brian Froud (Illustrator)

Ex-Monty Python member Jones and renowned faery authority and illustrator Froud team up to present the hilarious sequel to the brilliantly successful Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book. Lady Cottington's previously unknown twin brother, Quentin, employs his "psychic image nebulizing generator" and "psychic odour nasalizing gasificator" to analyze the protoplasmic nature of the mysterious stains left by pressed fairies. This is a pretty silly book!

The former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus presents a journal of fairy research by Quentin Cottingham that attempts to analyze the protoplasmic nature of fairy stains. 60,000 first printing.


  Encyclopedia of Fairies

Katharine Briggs, Katherine M. Briggs
Occult and Metaphysics Editor's Recommended Book
Perhaps she should have called it "Everything You Wanted to Know about Fairies, but Were Afraid to Ask." This book covers every type of "little people" from abbey lubbers to Young Tam Lin. Not just the tiny, translucent winged pixies of popular art, but brownies, goblins and bogies, even larger creatures like dragons and mermaids. Exhaustive in its coverage, while still entertaining.

Book Description
A complete guide to fairy lore from the Middle Ages to the present. Both an anthology of fairy tales and a reference work with essays about the fairy economy, food, sports, powers and more.


  Irish Wonders : The Ghosts, Giants, Pookas, Demons, Leprechawns, Banshees, Fairies, Witches, Widows, and Other Marvels of the Emerald Isle

David Rice McAnally, H. R. Heaton (Illustrator)

  The Book of Fairies : Nature Spirits from Around the World

Rose Williams, Robin T. Barrett (Illustrator)

From Booklist , January 1, 1998
Gr. 5^-7, younger for reading aloud. Many of the most popular fairy tales are not really about fairies, but this anthology offers retellings of tales in which fairies play a starring role. The introduction gives some general history of fairies' role in mythology and uses examples from the stories in the collection to establish a link between fairies and the natural world. The eight stories have been drawn from such diverse countries as France, Ireland, Japan, and India. The story choices are good, and the retellings are competent. Robin Barrett's illustrations, in airy pastel colors, lend a lovely, ethereal quality that enhances the text. Youngsters may enjoy searching the pictures for the flowers and trees said to be associated with fairies, which are described in the closing section "Fairy Flora." This section, the introduction, and the source notes will be helpful research aids. Lauren Peterson
Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Kirkus Reviews , November 1, 1997
In her first book, Williams has gathered from around the world eight tales about fairies, those sprites of woodland, field, hill, and stream who have served as guides and mentors to humans regarding questions of proper behavior and natural harmonies. She includes stories about France's ``Fairy of the Meadows,'' who has advice on the perils of greed and the keeping of promises; China's ``Spirit of the Herbs,'' who counsels Chun Tao on curing a plague sweeping her land; Ireland's ``Fairy Queen,'' who tells Connla and Nora their destinies; and other equally extraordinary creatures from England and Japan, and from the Algonquin, Hindu, and Ojibwa traditions. Williams has chosen wisely, not only for the quality of the stories, but for making plain the universal appeal of fairies, despite their varied functions in disparate cultures. Newcomer Barrett takes a much softer approach to fairies in illustrations that are uniformly mawkish, and don't convey the bite, fear, or melancholy that gives the tales their crackle. Booktalk this one--an unusually small typeface may put off children drawn to the subject. (notes) (Folklore. 9-12) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Horn Book
This thoughtful collection includes eight elegant retellings of fairy stories from a wide range of countries and cultures, including India, China, Ireland, and France. The illustrations, however, are overly fussy, and the print is small and difficult to read. Adults will appreciate the source notes and section on airy flora,but the stories themselves will hook young listeners. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


  Fairies : Real Encounters With Little People

Janet Bord

Tales of fairies are usually left to the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, by many ordinary people claim to have encountered them in the modern world. Janet Bord, who has written extensively on numerous supernatural phenomena, has amassed a startling array of contemporary eye-witness accounts of the Little People. 8 pages of b&w drawings.

Hordes of tiny people playing at a spot in Wales called "Fairies Bog" . . . an impossible tiny shoe found in Ireland . . . fairy dust discovered on Mount Shasta, California . . . the wondrous sighting of a winged woman inside a rose. These and many more astounding accounts are offered in the collection of spell-binding accounts.

  Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings : Working With the Intelligence of Nature

Marko Pogacnik, Karin Werner
Book Description
Describes the various elemental beings and their roles in maintaining the web of life, along with the flow of energies within landscape and the long-suppressed Goddess culture. Includes evocative images of the nature spirits.

  The Secret Life of Nature : Living in Harmony With the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks

Peter Tompkins
Occult and Metaphysics Editor's Recommended Book
Peter Tompkins, author of the New York Times number one bestseller The Secret Life of Plants, parallels the scientist's world of quarks and muons with the spiritualist's world of fairies and sprites in The Secret Life of Nature. There's more to nature than green leaves and twittering birds: it's a world that only the gifted and dedicated observer can see, using techniques of the mind that transcend the limits of the five senses, much as the scientist peers into the subatomic world with supercolliders and electron microscopes. Going beyond the boundaries of typical pro-environmental propaganda, The Secret Life of Nature is more than a plea to save the planet; it will change the way you see the world.

The long-awaited follow-up to Peter Tompkins's bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS is an astonishing account of how spiritualists and scientists alike are revealing that the physical world teems with nature spirits. In a dramatic meeting of New Science and New Age, Tompkins's new book is sure to radically transform how readers perceive and treat the natural world around them. Index. 20 photos & drawings.

From the Publisher
In his long-awaited follow-up to the No.1 New York Times bestseller The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins presents the brilliant and lively world of nature spirits -- animate powers that are beyond our ordinary reality. Experienced most by those societies and individuals closest to nature, gnomes, fairies, nymphs and fire spirits inhabit countless myths, legends and religions worldwide.

In this dramatic combination of New Science and esoteric religious and philosophical wisdom, Tompkins draws from the recorded accounts of the visions of clairvoyants and shamans dating from the ancient mysteries, passed on through Hidus, Persians, Chaldeans, Pythagoreans, Pharaonic, Egyptians, Gnostics, neo-Platonists, Kabbalists and Rosicrucians down to the theosophists and anthroposophists of today. To these are added recent studies by naturalists and scientists that support the view that nature spirits are, in fact, not only real, but crucial transformers and manipulators of primordial energy within the natural world.

A century ago theosophists using yogic powers accurately described the subatomic composition of all known chemical elements (and several as yet undiscovered by science) down to the level of quarks and beyond, descriptions since validated by nuclear physicists. Why not, argues Tompkins, give credence to the minute descriptions of the world of nature spirits provided by the same theosophists and anthropologists down to the details of their habits and essential functions, and upward through the spiritual hierarchies from which they derive?

"Walking through the woods I do not see spirits, but I sense them all around." According to Tompkins, they develop the growth in plants, assist in the rhythms of nature and are intermediaries between humans and the world we live in. Assuming that the actions of these beings are fundamental to nature laws, Tompkins says it should be possible to "integrate [our] efforts with theirs and to lead this planet back to its proper state as a Garden of Eden, thriving and healthy." But time, he reminds us, is running out -- the loss of natural ecosystems and the extinction of plant and animal species around the world is approaching catastrophic levels. Concerned ultimately with both the condition of the planet and the state of the human soul, Tompkins prescribes a cure: To develop our innate perceptions, become conscious of these spirits, and cooperate with them to heal the earth, restore nature and rediscover ourselves.


  The Elves of Lily Hill Farm : A Partnership With Nature

Penny Kelly

"Ye are out of balance and yer standard of living is so close to a nightmare that we are sure ye must all be asleep!" So says the elves of Lily Hill Farm. This incredible true story revolves around Penny Kelly (owner of Lily Hill Farm) and the "deal" she makes with a group of elves to produce one hundred tons of grapes from a mere 13 acres of vineyards. The result is an amazing drama involving humans, plants, animals, and the elements. Reminiscent of the Findhorn story. photo insert.

  The Findhorn Garden

Findhorn Community

  Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland

W. B. Yeats (Editor), Benedict Kiely
The classic introduction to Ireland's folklore--the only edition approved by the Yeats estate--this treasury of the greatest and most representative Irish folk and fairy tales grandly brings to life the sounds, the feel, and the magic of Ireland and its people .
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