Once Upon a Birthday by Arthur Groom (circa around 1950), tells the story of Pamela, a little girl who goes to fairyland and meets fairies, the stuff of many little girls and boys dreams. The book is filled with the most beautiful illustrations, some of which I'm sharing today. They really appeal to me, capturing the fantasy element that lies within every child, and come to think of it, grown up.
Arthur Groom, born in Hove, Sussex in 1898, wrote over one hundred books for children and over 400 books in total, from children's books to adult fiction and nonfiction under many different pen names. Arthur worked as a journalist and lecturer, and had a particular interest in scouting. During the Second World War, he was a Captain in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He died in 1964.
Books like this make me want to be a child again and inspire me to keep my plans to start drawing and being more creative. Do you feel creative at the moment? I'd love to know what inspires you...
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