A magpie's treasure

A friend of mine is a magpie with excellent taste.

She collects children's illustrated books that she finds in charity shops. She has found some amazing gems.

I have consistently forgotten the check the children's books in charity shops for years now, but of course, what a wonderful resource for inspiration.

My friend's most recent find is a book called 'Romany Free', published in 1974. The story, written by Robert Vavra, has been woven around paintings by the artist Fleur Cowles.

I have been loaned the book to have a look through, and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.