A Natural History of Fairies


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This enchantingly illustrated natural history of fairies, compiled in the 1920s by the botanist Professor Elsie Arbour for her niece, is now unveiled for readers of today.

Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker, and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with colorful sketches and precise notes detailing the secret life of fairies and their important role in the natural world.

Inside, you will discover the wide and wonderful array of different species of fairies around the globe and explore where and how they live. Delight in this hidden world as you learn all about:

The anatomy of a fairy (Land-based fairies have individual, separated toes, just as humans do. However, many species of water fairies have webbed feet.)The life cycle of a fairy (When walking in the heather, be careful of the tiny flutterpillar of the Wicklow Fairy, decked out in greens and purples.)Clever fairy camouflage (Reed fairies living in wetlands usually wear striped clothes to hide among the tall reeds.)Fairies around the world (Meet the Lily Hopper of sub-Saharan Africa, the Queen Fairy of New Guinea, the Penguin Fairy of the Antarctic, and many more.)Fairy habitats (Fairies make their homes in all types of places: woodlands, jungles, deserts, the Poles, and even human homes.)

Concluding with a reminder that we must protect the endangered habitats of fairies, and all other creatures too, this is a book to be treasured for a lifetime.

From the Publisher

A Note From the Publisher:A Note From the Publisher:

A Note From the Publisher:

The original edition of this book, a volume dating from the 1920s, was discovered in the archives of the British Museum of Natural History, in a folder labelled ‘Unverified’. Although the publisher has made efforts to track down Professor Elsie Arbour, no trace has been found of her. For this reason, the publisher cannot confirm the authenticity of the book’s contents, so presents it merely as an item of interest. Readers who are keen to find out whether fairies really exist are advised to carry out their own investigations.

Keeping an open mindKeeping an open mind

Keeping an Open Mind

Until now, there has been very little scientific research into the lives of fairies. This is largely because fairies can be extremely difficult to track down due to their secretive nature and impressive means of camouflage. However, this doesn’t mean they are not real. Take for example the giant squid: this bizarre looking sea creature was thought to be a myth, until one day in 1861 pieces of it were brought ashore by a French naval ship. We have discovered thousands of species of animal on our planet, with new ones being identified all the time. My point is this: just because science hasn’t discovered the wondrous world of fluttering fairies yet, doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

Fairy Habitats

Rivers, Lakes and WetlandsRivers, Lakes and Wetlands

Ocean and CoastsOcean and Coasts

tropical areas surrounding the equator, the hot, moist climate createstropical areas surrounding the equator, the hot, moist climate creates


Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands

The world’s freshwater habitats include rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes and swamps. They provide homes to a huge array of wildlife, including fairies! Most fairies that live here have webbed feet, which help them paddle through the water.

Ocean and Coasts

Covering about two thirds of the Earth’s surface, the oceans combine a range of habitats. They are home to millions of creatures, including ocean fairies. These aquatic mammals are excellent swimmers, but they have to surface for air, just like whales.


In the tropical areas surrounding the equator, the hot, moist climate creates ideal conditions for rainforests. Among the sky-high trees live many types of fairy, alongside abundant insects and birds.


You might not think that these scorching places could support many creatures, but life finds a way. Many desert fairies have glossy wings to reflect the sunlight, large ears to allow body heat to escape, and long, thick eyelashes to keep the sand out.


These fairies happily warbling white-eye bird, which sips sweet nectar from the blossoms.These fairies happily warbling white-eye bird, which sips sweet nectar from the blossoms.

These fairies exist happily alongside the warbling white-eye bird, which sips sweet nectar from the blossoms.

fairy finding equipmentfairy finding equipment Useful Fairy-Finding Equipment

Above all, don’t rush. Take your time, tread softly and keep your voice low. Spend a while sitting still, quietly watching. To find fairies, you must open your eyes and your mind: you’ll only see fairies if you believe they are there.

A camera (to document your finds) A notebook (to record the species seen) A sturdy hat (in case antisocial fairies shower nuts upon you) Magnifying glass (to look for fairy eggs) Map of the area Binoculars Water flask Sturdy boots

A Guide to Finding Fairies

It is my great hope that this book will have provided all the information you need to identify fairies and to understand their place in the natural world.

All you need to do now is find them! Most adults are so distracted by the busyness of daily life that they cannot see fairies. They simply never take the time to look. It is a fact that children are much better at finding our little friends than adults. When fairy-spotting, it is important to spend time outside, amongst nature. It’s not surprising that the few adults who do come across fairies are often farmers or woodsmen, who work in fairies’ natural habitats.

Look for:

Tiny footprints Fairy eggs laid on leaves Discarded flutterpillar cocoons Sprinklings of fairy dust around the base of plants Butterflies (fairies often fly alongside them) Broken nutshells Glowing lights (some species are bioluminescent) Hollows in a tree trunk, which may be used as fairy homes

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Illustrated edition (Sept. 29 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 64 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1786037637
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1786037633
Item weight ‏ : ‎ 748 g
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 27.31 x 1.65 x 31.24 cm


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