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Treasuries of Folklore

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Introduction & Series Review

joe mclaren birdieThis charming series includes themed collections of folklore tales, focusing on the natural world. The books are written by the co-founders of the Folklore Thursday website, Dee Dee Chainey and Willow Winsham, and include short folklore stories, with a little bit of local context (check out their website for an idea of the style). The covers are foiled, and the books are appealingly illustrated with black & white images by British artist Joe McLaren, who is also known for his illustrations of the Folio Society’s Hornblower novels and the cover art for Terry Pratchett Discworld Collector’s Library.

List of books

The Treasury of Folklore: Waterlands, Wooded Worlds and Starry Skies - Dee Dee Chainey & Willow Winsham
treasury folklore waterlands 2024 cover

Batsford 9781849949217.
Aug 2024. 
Illustrated by Joe McLaren.

A gift edition compendium of folklore tales from across the three books in the Batsford Treasury of Folklore book series.

“An entertaining and enchanting collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding the seas, skies and woodlands that make up our natural world.”

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Treasury of Folklore: Stars & Skies - Willow Winsham

Batsford 9781849947749.
Aug 2023. Illustrated by Joe McLaren.

Sun Gods, Storm Witches and Soaring Steeds

“An exploration of the mysteries of the stars, skies and heavens above.”

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Treasury of Folklore: Woodlands and Forests - Dee Dee Chainey & Willow Winsham

Batsford 9781849946872.
Aug 2021. Illustrated by Joe McLaren.

Wild Gods, World Trees And Werewolves

“An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world.”

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Treasury of Folklore: Seas and Rivers - Dee Dee Chainey & Willow Winsham

Batsford 9781849946599.
Mar 2021. Illustrated by Joe McLaren.

Sirens, Selkies And Ghost Ships

“Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe.”

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And, although it’s not part of the Batsford series, this one is similar in form and content:

A Treasury of British Folklore - Dee Dee Chainey

National Trust Books 9781911358398.
Aug 2018. Illustrated by Joe McLaren.

Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe

“As well as looking at the history of fantastical British folklore tales, the book also includes a directory of places you can go to see folklore alive and well today.”

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