My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book 29 of my Goodreads Challenge
This is a beautiful little treasure trove of a book, split into three parts giving a wonderful and varied selection of tales from British Folklore.
Part One: Of the Land, Plants and Animals
An apt place to begin with short insights into the seasons and the folkloric year. For example did you know that
… a sneeze on Wednesday in Hertfordshire means a letter is coming.
Part Two: Witchcraft, Magic and Heroic Tales
This section also includes several ghosts and hauntings along with various versions of stories of the hauntings of the Hell Hound
Part Three: The Milestones of Life
This sections as expected covers births and deaths, love and marriage etc. One thing that interested me here was the prominent part that cheese seems to play in a birth ceremony often called ‘the groaning cheese’
In Oxfordshire, a ring was cut into the middle of the cheese, and the child would be passed through it for luck on their christening day.
Where to find Folklore
This wonderful list of festivals can be found at the end of the book. Each festival is listed under the month in which it is celebrated, and often includes a link for further information.
All in all a beautiful book with simple black and white illustrations dotted throughout. Great for dipping in and out of at your leisure.