The Enchanted Forest is a childhood favorite that has stoo d the test of time and remains an adult favorite. I remember having it read to me at an early age, me curled up against my dad, while he read it in his deep voice making the characters come alive. He would have to pause frequently as I marveled at the illustrations. They are works of art and I wanted to explore every piece of them.
The story is about Anne, a young girl, who gets thrown from her horse and she is lead by her tame rabbit Potty, who at night transforms into his faerie form, through the enchanted forest. This is an exploration of her beloved forest in a view she hasn’t seen before and she meets talking animals, faerie, witches and goblins.
I received this book as a child and to this day the illustrations are imprinted in my mind of what magic and faerie are. It is a beautiful story. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is a master artist, even if you do not know her by name or read her books, I guarantee you have seen her work on a card. I was surprised to find she is not more well known by name. I had to search and search on google, amazon, goodreads, etc before I found this book (because I also did not remember her name – just the book title.) She is an amazing artist who worked with her husband on several children’s books in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her artwork details subjects of the forest, faeries, and magic.
I recommend this book for every child and I was dismayed to see this book is out of print and extremely rare. It actually threw me into a whirlwind trying to find mine. If you read my about page, I have many backbreaking boxes of books that I don’t have shelf room for, I started opening my boxes and causing a mess of catastrophic proportions after I didn’t find it on my shelves. I can’t explain why its not on my shelves, but finally I found it and breathed a sigh of relief that my childhood friend had been found. That being said, if you can obtain a copy of this book it has the ability to awaken magic in any child or adult. I would urge anyone to buy this. The story is beautiful but the illustration work is unforgettable. This is one that can only be done justice in book format.