Things I love – Brambly Hedge

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As I was out picking Blackberries yesterday, I started thinking about a series of books I used to read a lot when I was younger, you may have heard of them?  – The Brambly Hedge Series, by Jill Barklem.

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In short it’s a series of little stories about some mice that live in the hedgerows in the countryside, and what sort of things they get up to throughout the year.

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To be honest, the stories although they are great, they are not the main reason for loving these books, however it’s the illustrations that are the best thing about these books!

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Just the sheer attention to detail in the pictures is marvellous – I have spent quite a few hours just looking at the pictures and imagining myself exploring all the nooks and crannies within the homes of these mice

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I would love to live like this!

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Most of the books remains in Norway with my mum but I do have my own copy of some of the stories, as well as a nifty pop-up book I found in a used book store in Edinburgh (my love for pop – up books is probably food for another blog entry) so I spent Sunday evening nestled down under the duvet and re-visiting the stories that I used to love as a kid!

I was one of those kids that would pretend to go to sleep and then sneakily stay up and read books in bed until way past my bedtime – I would cover the bedside lamp with my duvet, pretend I was sitting in a tepee and read to my heart’s content, even if I was too young to understand the stories, I would still look at the pictures and make up my own stories. Of course I thought I got away with it every time, however my mum has since told me that they knew what I was up to but they figured there are worse things you can do than stay up past your bedtime to read books! I have got some of my favourite picture books brought with me to Aberdeen, so I’m thinking I might spend some time this autumn to re-read some of my old favourites!

Are you familiar with the Brambly Hedge Series? What other books did you read as a kid?

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7 Responses to Things I love – Brambly Hedge

  1. This series looks adorable. I wasn’t familiar with it at all but maybe I’ll try to introduce my nieces to it!

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  2. Oh you definitely should! They are adorable, and the stories are really sweet as well!

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  3. I have never read any of the books, but my mum really liked them and she made me buy her a Brambly Hedge DVD one Christmas.

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  4. Holly says:

    Me too Cecilia!! They are among my favourites too. I have been busy knitting my Flower Fairy book bag, with some items inside and am now about to start on a Beatrix Potter book bag and after that it will definitely be a book bag for my Brambly Hedge books. I can’t wait to knit little mice!

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