Brambly Hedge is my ideal world. The way the mice live is completely natural, which is how I think life ought to be. They appreciate and use everything that grows around them. Theirs is a loving, caring society, but the mice are not just serious and worthy. They have FUN!The much-loved Brambly Hedge mice first made their entrance in 1980 when four seasonal stories were published. Since then, readers have loved exploring the miniature hedgerow world and meeting the families who make their home there. Jill Barklem's warm, traditionally styled illustrations which evoke both drama and a sense of humour, are richly detailed, gentle and touching, and appeal to readers young and old.
For the first time ever all the Brambly Hedge stories are brought together in one glorious volume, an exquisite gift book that will delight committed fans and introduce new readers to the wonders of Barklem's hedgerow life.
The collection is introduced by Barklem herself, who explains how the stories came about, and what the world of Brambly Hedgemeans to her and to her legions of avid fans. A perfect gift for anyone who has ever basked in the warmth of these simple, romantic stories, The Complete Brambly Hedge is also an excellent way of introducing new readers to the wonders of the hedgerow, and is ideal for younger readers to enjoy with their parents, or for older, more confident readers to enjoy alone. (Age 4 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“…the most researched-crammed fantasy ever set before small children…” Sunday Times Magazine
From the Back Cover
The mice of BRAMBLY HEDGE first appeared in 1980 when the four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of hedgerow and meeting the families that live there.
In this collection, all the stories are drawn together for the first time. The mice have many adventures, but they always have time for fun, too. Whether they are by the sea, in the High Hills, or simply at home by the fire, they always manage to find plenty of excitement. And whenever trouble looms, there is always someone to lend a helping hand.
The brambly Hedge books are all available in hardback and paperback and on audio cassette:
• 'Spring Story
• Summer Story
• Autumn Story
• Winter Story
• The Secret Staircase
• The High Hills
• Sea Story
• Poppy's Babies
About the Author
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.