In 1980 Collins published four little picture books by a young author and illustrator, Jill Barklem.

SPRING STORYSUMMER STORYAUTUMN STORY and WINTER STORY chronicle in astonishing illustrative detail, the lives and adventures of a community of mice who live in Brambly Hedge. Brambly Hedge is an idyllic spot where old values flourish and seasonal self-sufficiency is the order of the day.

Intended for small children, the books were an immediate success with readers of all ages and the books have been translated in to over thirteen languages and sold over seven million copies.