There is something very special about children’s books. The printed kind. The ones that you can pick up and feel the weight of in your hand and smell… they have a booky smell right? The type of magical sensory explosion that can take you right back to childhood in an instant, as well as whisking you off into an imaginary world where anything is possible. Little Button was thrilled when Just For Tiny People sent over a copy of their new Fairies Book of Secrets for her to discover.
Secretly, I have been just as excited as Little Button to see the new Fairies Book of Secrets. You see… I had one of those when I was little! It was no way near as elaborate and magical, but there was something about it that kept me turning the pages until… well… they fell out. I am not joking either.
The book comes as a hardback and has a truly magical and decorative cover. In hand, it feels like a good quality book with thick pages that are likely to stand the test of time and yes, it smells deliciously booky. It makes for a wonderful keepsake, something to treasure and hold onto for years of reading no matter how old the reader is.
I think it is very important to point out that this is not a children’s story book. It is a collection of fairies secrets written and cleverly documented as a collection that can be easily selected and dipped into. The secrets shout… I am real and you will believe by the time you have read me, if you didn’t already that is. I will admit to dipping into the ‘Types of Fairy’ section with Little Button and gasping ‘Oh my goodness… did you know that mermaids are water fairies?’ Yes, it hooks you in that easily.
The book is intended to be read by an adult to a child. As I mentioned previously, this is not a story book but a collection of facts… honest *she smiles*. Before reading the Fairies Book of Secrets to Little Button, I read it through myself and then picked a few key areas I know she is interested in already. Rather than read it word for word, we talked about the themes and I read the most appropriate lines to her that she, as a three year old, would understand.
The illustrations are delicately detailed with the promise of secrets just waiting to be found inside each section, and this helps to draw you in even further.
Little Button was able to fully immerse herself in the ideas of this book. Although the illustrations appear to be more aimed for an older child, this somehow reinforced to her that ‘its real mummy, the book says so’. I think it would appeal to any believer, and will work beautifully with younger children if the reading adult is able to help the magic soar.
Just For Tiny People was set up by the fabulous Effie after spending 8 weeks hand making her daughter what would go on to be her most successful product, a ‘Magical Teepee’. A few years later and with the help of famous Dragon Deborah Meaden JFTP has soared to become the number one place to find the most beautiful products to help you to create the ultimate magical space for your little ones.