I have to admit, I was a little nervous about what to pick up for Mothers Day this year. That is, until I discovered these beautiful little gems. The Puffin in Bloom collection contains some childhood classics that, personally, I feel should be on everybody's bookshelf. The set of four includes: 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott; 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett; 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery; and lastly, 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri. Not only does it possess a beautiful collection of literature, but the gorgeously vibrant cover art has been especially designed by Anna Bond, Rifle Paper Co.'s principal artist and my oh my... I know we ought not to judge a book by its cover, but how could you not when holding this collection in your hands?
The collection itself comes in a fittingly designed display box, which shares that same minimalistic foliage design that Anna Bond has become so well known for. Each of the four books in the collection are hardback, which I think really adds to the special feel of this collection, and gives it that extra quality needed if they are to potentially be passed down through generations in the family. I personally don't like canvas as I think they get grubby quite easily, so I was pleased to see that the Puffin in Bloom collection featured smooth, yet still vibrant covers. Additionally, they're quite a bit shorter than the average paperback book, which makes them so very easy to hold, or perhaps to carry on you if you enjoy a cheeky relaxing read during your morning commute like I do. Lastly, what I think I love most about the design of this collection in particular, is that each of the rear covers feature a proudly framed quote, giving some inclination as to what secrets may lay inside.
Their bold, colourful, contrasting designs fill me with glee and excitement each time I so much as glance at them, which I think is just wonderful. More books should make you feel like that. I hope it'll fill others, especially younger children, with that same feeling of nostalgia and adventure that my mum also feels whenever she picks up a copy for a fun, yet calming read. I think it's safe to say that if this collection is ever expanded in the future (please literary Gods!), then I will definitely be one of the first to check it out as they truly are some of the most bloomin' beautiful books I have ever seen (hehe, I couldn't help it. Sorry)!
If you're thinking about picking The Puffin in Bloom collection, I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you do. Whether you intend to gift it to a child, your mum, a friend, or heck, even as a treat to yourself (luckily, my mum likes sharing!!) - I promise you that you will not be disappointed. I can't imagine anyone not swooning over this beautiful collection (and yes, they are somehow more beautiful in person), so I really do feel that they'll make for the perfect treat and/or gift, for any occasion or reason.
If you'd like to pick up the whole set as I did, you can find it cheapest here (< link). However if you'd prefer, you can also pick up the books individually here (Little Women), here (A Little Princess), here (Anne of Green Gables) & here (Heidi).
What are some of your favourite childhood classics?
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