The Art and Myth of Gnomes And Fairies

Share Article features the history, mythology and art of gnomes, fairies and other elemental creatures, a children's book and much about Palmer Cox, who made the brownie gnome famous.

Good news for all you mothers, grandmothers and Palmer Cox aficianados. Martha Heller's original Uncle Sam Brownie Doll pattern, designed in 1985 for the Strong Museum in Rochester, now ships with every order for "The Return of the Brownies." Come see how you can order this book and browse a site brimming with fascinating and humorous content, wherein are quoted philosophers, healers,and poets in a wealth of descriptive pages and links about gnomes, fairies and other elemental spirits.

Palmer Cox, called the Disney of the Victorian Age, who, with his illustrated children's books and cartoons, made famous the Earth gnome called "Brownie," is present in the telling and showing content of this site. One page features a charming interactive game: "Find the Brownies in Brownie Castle." Offered for sale is The Return of the Brownies, Book One of The Gate Between the Worlds, a children's book by M.E. Heller about the Brownies who may have hung around Cox when he was alive. The book's illustrations, displayed throughout, are the work of cartoonist Martha Gradisher. One may also click on the audio of a child's review of the book from Public Radio. A gallery of rag dolls displays Heller's Brownie Dolls, commissioned and sold for over a decade in the Strong Museum of Rochester.

"I revisited your wonderful site and my original review stands: Beautiful site and chock full of information about gnomes and fairies (and all sorts of other mythic folk). The mission of the site and it's web address match up perfectly and make whoever visits want to buy the book. The site loads easily and is very easy to navigate." -- 2007-09-27 Kerri

Hosting the links page is a fairy character, Marigold. She also a runs a Book Club for "those who have finished Harry Potter." Marigold pops up here and there with her own, often funny, words of wisdom. This is a site for children of all ages, especially the one in each of our hearts.

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