Lore of the Wild: Folklore and Wisdom from Nature (Hardcover)
Delve into ancient wisdom and superstitions from around the world in this gorgeously illustrated book filled with natural folklore and wild wisdom. Read about folklore ranging from lucky flowers to folktales about the moon and stars, brought to life in bold, brilliant colors with this book’s unique and memorable art style. Readers of any age will love learning about folklore from cultures around the world and engaging with the beauty of the natural world.— Jenna, Wild Rumpus
Did you know that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm? That lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups? And that taking dandelions into the house would make you wet the bed?
Traditional nature folklore can help us understand how our ancestors interacted with the world around them and allows us to view nature from a new perspective. Stunningly delicate and magical illustrations capture the magic and strangeness inherent in natural folklore, and cultures from around the world are represented in this comprehensive compendium.
In this book, discover the lore of:
- An array of different animals, birds and insects
- All types of flowers, plants and trees
- The weather, sun, moon and stars
- Good and bad omens, and lucky charms
Claire Cock-Starkey is an author who worked with Ben Schott on his hugely successful Miscellanies and Almanacs. She has worked for BBC Radio 4 and written many other miscellanies and fact-filled books on history, libraries, words, books, and museums, including: Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins (British Library, 2016), The Book Lovers’ Miscellany (Bodleian Library Publishing, 2017). She is happiest perched in the British Library reading rooms surrounded by a pile of obscure and fascinating books, researching her next book.
With over 50K followers on instagram, nomadic illustrator AITCH originally hails from Romania but prefers not to put down roots in any one place; new scenery inspires and invigorates her tactile, folky illustrations and a constant string of exhibitions in cities across the continent pushes her technique further. Her dreamy characters hide among William Morris–esque gardens and bring to mind a bright and bold reincarnation of Victorian melancholy while still retaining a strong sense of her Romanian heritage.
“Cute and entertaining.”
—Nancy Call, ¬formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA, School Library Journal
“A visual delight.”
—Kathleen McBroom, Booklist
“Delightfully discursive look at nature-themed folk wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly