The Complete Brambly Hedge
by Jill Barklem
I love these beautiful and simple stories of the field mice (and voles!) living in the Brambly Hedge. The illustrations are lovely and intricate. I could pour over them for hours. I would have adored this as a kid, and I can see some of my students loving it. The stories are quaint, like the mice live in the 1700s or 1800s. I am a particular fan of the Winter Story with its gorgeous ice halls and winter feasts.
I would highly recommend this book to people who prefer "quiet" stories and intricate watercolor (I think?) illustrations.