My three year old loves books and she was lucky enough to be given a gorgeous 'Puddletown Tales' book for her birthday entitled Mrs Mouse's Cupcakes.
The friend who gave my daughter this gift has actually been 'online' friends with the author of the book, GretelParker for a couple of years. Gretel writes two blogs, http://allaroundus.blogspot.com/ in which she talks about her life as a children's illustrator, needle felter and toymaker in a tiny cottage in the Cotswolds and http://cotswoldpeeps.blogspot.com/ which focuses on the Cotswolds as a place to live and visit.
In the post Cobbling it Together , Gretel talks about the process of turning the idea for the Puddletown Tales into a reality.
Mrs Mouse's Cupcakes is a simple story of a friend visiting. Mrs Mouse's attempt to make cupcakes for her friend does not go according to plan but all is well in the end. The illustrations combine traditional drawings with photographs of the characters and cupcakes crafted in felt to create something visually rich and quite beautiful. Add to this the fact that the pages are engineered into a multilayered 3D effect that quite literally draws you into the world of Mrs Mouse. The book is a real treat.