One of the most enchanting little books one could possibly imagine!
Linnets & Valerians—also published as The Runaways—by Elizabeth Goudge is a perfect read for early summer; a children’s book for all ages, made of beautiful prose, everyday magic, and strawberry jam. I couldn’t recommend it more, and I couldn’t resist making a little playlist for it. It’s such a sweet, and such a beautiful novel, full of forests and flowers and animals and birds and bees and music and adventure. 🌿
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper is a wonderful book, although it is not quite as well-known as it should be. It is the second, eponymous, volume in a remarkably beautiful middle-grade series, influenced by nature, season and local mythology.
This little playlist shall capture the atmosphere of this book, the snow and the wind, and the long dark nights of Christmastime. The protagonist, an eleven year old boy named Will Stanton, comes from a musical family, is an Anglican choir boy—a charmingly unusual trait for the hero of a fantasy novel!—and traditional Caroling and Wassailing, as well as the use of music as a means of magic, make an important theme.
The melodies of Greensleeves and Good King Wenceslas in particular are highlighted and involved in the story.
Here blows, despite, or maybe because of, my excitement for the beginning of Spring, the last, cold Winter wind.
John Rutter’s Suite Antique: Prelude
Fantasia on Greensleeves
In The Bleak Midwinter (Holst)
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
The Sheep Beneath The Snow, The Cutty Wren, St. Stephen’s Day