FEARNE FAIRY AND THE LANDING LESSON by Sarah Hill

 

In this delightful children’s book we join Fearne Fairy as she is wakened by the dawn chorus in Whimsy Wood on a marvellous May morning.

Fearne is a lovely kind fairy, but she has a terrible voice, so when she asks to join in the chorus the woodland birds don’t want to hurt her feelings, after all why make someone unhappy if it isn’t necessary? Instead, they divert her thoughts by asking how her best friend Mustard the Magpie Moth Caterpillar is.

Racing down stairs she finds Mustard happily sleeping soundly in his little leaf basket by the stove. Fearne loves her friend so much that she decides to make him a special breakfast, and sets off for the Woodland Store. However, although like other fairies Fearne can fly, her landings are not so good, and on her return she crashes. Startled awake, Mustard suggests that she needs to get some help perfecting her landings, and she agrees.

Thus begins a magical adventure, as we join Fearne and Mustard in their search for Bristle Bumblebee and Dewberry Dragonfly, flying experts who Mustard thinks will be able to help her.

After breakfast, with picnic packed, they set off on their quest to find Bristle and Dewberry.

The woods are wonderful, and most of the creatures are having fun, and enjoying the lovely May weather, but then they come across Bromley the Badger, and his friend, who is a very sad Hedgehog called Humbug.

However, when Fearne discovers the cause of Humbugs unhappiness she realises that it is within her powers to make him happy again, and so she waves her magic wand, and says a special spell, making things right.

Pleased to see his friend happy again, Bromley tells them that Bristle and Dewberry have opened a Flying School down by the purple orchid patch, to help the May bugs and stag beetles who are having problems learning to fly. So off Fearne and Mustard go in search of Bristle and Dewberry’s Flying School.

But will they find it?

And, if they do, will Bristle and Dewberry be able to help Fearne improve her landing, after all, she isn’t a May bug or stag beetle?

Well you will have to read the story to find out the answers to these questions, but the only thing I can say is that practice really does make perfect…

The wonderful way this magical children’s story is told, and the way its beautiful illustrations compliment the story makes this not just a book, but a prized possession, the type of book which will be handed down from child to child, through generation.

I would liken it to the famous The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and think it definitely deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf.

 

 

About the Author:

Sarah Hill is a children’s author and a small animal Vet. She gained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Bristol University in 1999 and worked in practice for 10 years. At that point she had her second daughter and soon after, she decided to take a career break. She was writing her children’s series, ‘Whimsy Wood’, at home in Wiltshire (with her husband, their baby son, two daughters, two dogs, two cats and “a partridge in a pear tree”!) for a good 3 years, before her work was taken on by Abela Publishing, based in Sandhurst, UK.
There are 35 books in the Whimsy Wood children’s series for 5-8 yr olds. These are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. Each book is written specifically for a month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood, change as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within every story for the reader to find, giving it real meaning. Please note that 10% of book sales is donated to The Wildlife Trusts, UK.

 

Other books in the Whimsy Wood series:

Book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, was published in July 2013. Book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, was published in November 2013. Book 3, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, was published in February 2014. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, was published in May 2014. Book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, was published in October 2014. Book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, was published in February 2015. Book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, was published at the end of June 2015. Book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, was published in March 2016. Book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, was published in July 2016..

Books 1-5 were all awarded the Readers’ Favourite 5 Star Seal in 2015. Books 6 and 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ respectively, were tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in October 2015. Both these books were also awarded the Story Monster Approved Seal again in 2015. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards in October 2016. Finally book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, received an honourable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in June 2016.

About the Book:

Will Fearne Fairy finally master the art of landing? Who will help her overcome her flying flaw? Find out in this 10th enchanting story from the award-winning Whimsy Wood Series.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/FEARNE-FAIRY-LANDING-LESSON-Winning/dp/1910882798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487155498&sr=8-1&keywords=fearne+fairy+and+the+landing+lesson

and Barnes and Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearne-fairy-and-the-landing-lesson-book-10-in-the-award-winning-whimsy-wood-series-sarah-hill/1125194925?ean=9781910882795

Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm by Simone Da Costa

A wonderful children’s story.

Emily Roses Day at the Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Book: Emily-Rose finally gets to feed the animals on her Grammy’s farm, but Emily-Rose finds that it is not as fun as she thinks it is.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, publisher and freelance Magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines and she currently writes for The Caribbean Current and she is a contributor on Yahoo! Voices.

She is an author of a non-fiction spiritual book and fictional children’s books. She recently published her second children’s book titled ‘Emily-Rose’s Day at the Farm.’

Simone operates a blog called Simone’s Blog – Depicting the writer in you. It’s mission is to help authors/writers express the literary art of writing and its evocative quality that gives them much joy.

 

Review by Susan Keefe.

Emily-Rose loves visiting her Grammie on the farm; however, she’s not allowed to help feed the animals because Grammie says that they are too rambunctious.

Then, one day, she’s finally allowed to do the feeds with Grammie and she’s so excited. However, the experience is not what she imagined, animals do get excited at feed times, and soon Emily-Rose finds out what the word rambunctious means.

I live on a smallholding with chickens, sheep, goats and a horse so this type of children’s book always appeals to me. When our grandchildren visit, they love to ‘help do the feeds,’ and I found the authors descriptions of the animals’ characters, and Emily-Rose’s reaction to them were so accurate, it had me smiling throughout.

A lovely, bright, colourful and beautifully illustrated children’s book which provides plenty of opportunity for interaction between adults and children. The story contains important messages, and it has the added bonus of two games pages at the back.

Available in Paperback from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Roses-Day-Farm-Simone-Costa/dp/0987925563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393263685&sr=8-1&keywords=Emily+Rose%27s+day+at+the+farm

 

 

 

 

Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills by D. C. Rush

A beautiful children’s story

Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

About D. C. Rush: We actually began writing our first children’s book about 2 years ago. Cathy and I would often sit outside watching the birds. We fed the birds daily. They were very clever and fun to watch, especially when the little birds kicked seed to the ground for the larger birds. It seemed the birds had some group structure and displayed very effective teamwork. We thought it would be interesting to write a book about birds flying south for the winter.
The finished book sat on our computer hard drive for over a year before my brother and sister-in-law convinced us to self-publishing. I never thought we would actually publish our work. However, the birth of our grandson Rylie gave us some added incentive to get the book out there, and we decided to dedicate the book to him. We thought it would be nice to leave something behind for our children and their children. So we had the book proofed, edited, illustrated then self-published it ourselves at Amazon.com.
Cathy and Don currently live in Arizona with their cats, Nomi and Hershey. Cathy is a homemaker and Don is a retired Manufacturing Manager and former Elementary School Governing Board Member.

About the book: The world is a very big place when you’re a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can.

Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing her new friend, Wilma the Whale with her. Those aren’t the only friends the birds have. They also meet Rhonda the Red Fox, Ollie the Owl and Ellie the Eagle who all play a very important role when two baby Robins from Robby’s flock are kidnapped by a Hawk.

The birds see some amazing sights on their travels, such as Muscle Beach, giant Redwood Trees in Big Sur, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. They also get to ride on roller coasters, cable cars and do bird bungee jumping!

This is another enjoyable and educational children’s story from D.C Rush about friendship, loyalty, excitement and adventure with some unusual but charming heroes and heroines.

Review by Susan Keefe

In this fourth book, we join Robby the Robin and his ever growing flock of mixed species birds as they decide to travel again, this time their adventures are to take them down the coast and they are joined by their seafaring friends  Wanda the Whale and her friend Wilma.

During their adventures, they have fun visiting lots of new places and meeting new friends, soon discovering that the tales of their previous escapades have spread far and wide.

However, at a resting place in a Redwood forest disaster strikes the flock in the shape of another bird – an evil Hawk.

In this book, as in the others of this series, children through an engaging story which is really beautifully illustrated,  learn about important qualities, such as obeying their parents, consideration for others, loyalty, friendship and trust.

I think that an added bonus is that, whilst sitting watching the birds feed with the children I found myself showing them the different bird species, and we had great fun comparing them to the Robby’s Quest characters.

Available from Amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9IJMQG 

and Createspace in Paperback here https://www.createspace.com/441477


 

A bird book for the very young

Birds of prey (First animals) is  written by Kimberley Jane Pryor for very young children aged 0-3 years.

Birds of prey (First animals)

Available in Kindle format.

http://www.amazon.com/Birds-prey-First-animals-ebook/dp/B0087UNGOM/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

Mothers (and fathers) have, in this beautifully colourful ebook, the opportunity to introduce their very young children to birds of prey, one of the wonders of the natural world.

In Birds of prey each of the twelve pages contain a beautiful photograph, some taken by the author, of a bird of prey, and its name is written underneath.

Another colourful and informative book especially for the very young, by this very knowledgeable author.

Bird book – Australian parrots (Birds are awesome)

Todays blog book is Australian parrots (Birds are awesome) by Kimberley Jane Pryor.

Australian parrots (Birds are awesome!)

Available on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Australian-parrots-Birds-awesome-ebook/dp/B007RJJNPU/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

Australian parrots is a beautiful book, full of colourful photographs and interesting information.

Whether you would just like to identify more species, or learn more about their differerent feeding requirements, their behaviour and breeding, this book is essential reading.

Kimberley has written this book for young people who are interested in these clever, beautiful birds, and would like to know more.

If you love birds, wildlife, nature, pets or just learning about the natural world, you will love Kimberley’s books which are bright, colourful and full of information.

Robby’s Quest for Seed by D.C. Rush

Robby’s Quest for Seed

Product Details

 

Available in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Seed-D-C-Rush/dp/1481055852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357057918&sr=8-1&keywords=Robbies+quest+for+seed

and Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-for-Seed-ebook/dp/B009V7GZ2K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357057918&sr=8-2&keywords=Robbies+quest+for+seed

Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=2940015737028

Barnes & Noble Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=9781481055857

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270644

 

Watch the YouTube Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1oqoMG1pNA

 

When you watch the birds outside your window preparing to fly south for the winter, do you ever wonder how they know where to go, and in which direction?

Well, in this delightful book you follow Robby the Robin, his brother, and a variety of feathered friends on their adventures south.

The flock, led by Robby, leave their big Maple tree with its bird feeder and lovely birdbath and set off, they’ve decided democratically, that Florida is going to be their spring break destination.

Each adult bird has a job, and the parents supervise their children.

Disaster strikes when one youngster goes missing on the way. What has happened to her? Will they be able to find her?

However, things get worse when they arrive to find Florida has been struck by a hurricane and there’s no food to be found anywhere. Follow their adventures as they struggle to find warmth and food.

Will they be able to find their way to safety and survive?

I think this is a lovely children’s book, which through an interesting story explains in a child friendly way, bird behaviour and migration.

 

 

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Lobo Visits the Barnyard – Written and Illustrated by C. L. Murphy

A wonderful bright interactive children’s book.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/adventures-lovable-lobo/id598005507?ls=1

In this second book, Lobo the lovable wolf pup visits a barnyard.

Lobo is a fun loving happy wolf pup who loves to play, and now Lulubell the cow has invited him to visit a barnyard, and he’s very excited!

The silly pup has great fun imitating the animals he finds there, and discovering all about them. They have to keep telling him that he’s not one of them, but he knows that really!

This is a wonderfully bright and engaging interactive children’s book, which allows children to have great fun discovering the different barnyard animals and birds in the company of lovable Lobo. Throughout the book, they have to find and then press the animal footprints to hear the noise they make.

This book is ideal for parents and grandparents who want have the opportunity to spend time with children entering a bright and colorful world of discovery.

The talent of this author who is also an amazing illustrator shines through in this wonderful bright interactive book.

Robby’s Quest: Return of the Cat by D. C. Rush

Robby and his friends adventures continue with Hershey the Cat.

Product Details

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BI0MU4U

or at Createspace here https://www.createspace.com/4087638

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270644

Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-dc-rush/1114680458?ean=2940016316017

Hershey the Cat is sad, horrible recurring nightmares haunt his sleep and all his authority has gone, all because of a silly incident with some annoying birds. What’s more, his life is changing and he has no control over it. He’s not sure what’s happening, but one thing he does know is that he’s not a happy cat!

After their summer in San Diego, Robby and his flock are deciding where to go next. Some of the flock decide to stay put, but the others are undecided. In the end, they decide to go to Las Vegas where apparently you can see many replicas of the wonders of the world in one place. The next day they set off.

Two trips made at the same time, one by a cat haunted by memories, the other by a flock of birds. What are the chances of them meeting? And, if by chance they did, what might happen?

Finally arriving in Las Vegas the flock make friends with some very unusual coloured birds and have the time of their life, visiting all the famous sights.

Meanwhile, Hershey finally arrives at his new destination and has an amazing surprise.

What will the future hold for Robby and his flock?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I loved having the opportunity to follow Robby’s adventures with Hershey, and could not help but admire the beautiful illustrations by the very talented Daniela Frongia.

Robby’s Quest: Ocean Bound by D.C. Rush

The further adventures of Robby the Robin and his friends.

 

Product Details

In the first book, Robby’s Quest for Seed, we discovered how Robby and Ricky the Robins, and their friends, migrated to Arizona, and the adventures they had on the way.

In this second book, we join the assorted flock of birds as they discover that Arizona is getting hotter by the day and wonder if they ought to migrate again, but this time to somewhere cooler.

The birds are trying to deciding where to go, and then Ruby, Ricky’s girlfriend and one of the new flock members suggests they go to San Diego, by the coast. She has been there before. All the other birds listen with interest as she tells them excitedly about her previous visit, how the weather is glorious and the food is plentiful, until finally convinced, they agree to migrate there.

Led by Ruby, they set off on their new adventure, eventually arriving in beautiful San Diego. It seems like paradise to them and soon they’ve picked their nesting tree in the gorgeous Balboa Park.

Happily, the birds go off the next day, exploring their beautiful new surroundings, but the two young sparrows Joy and Rosie become bored with sunning on the beach and decide to fly out to a big white ship they spy on the ocean.

The journey is further than they think, and when they arrive on deck they’re hungry, so they eat and take a nap. To their horror, when they awake they discover they are miles away from the flock, surrounded by sea and on an adventure of their own!

Meanwhile at home, when they’re discovered missing, all the birds go out searching for them,  then Sid the Mourning Dove learns from Sadie the friendly Seagull that she saw two Sparrows flying over to a big white ship, but didn’t notice them return.

Soon a search party sets off down the south coast and into Mexico to try and find them.

But will they succeed?

What will become of the intrepid flock next?

The continuing adventures of Robby, Ricky and the rest of the flock make a lovely story, sure to enthral any youngster, and the book is beautifully illustrated by Kaui Wilson.

 

See the YouTube Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCBtGM-_oqA&feature=youtu.be

 

The book is available through the author’s websitehttp://www.dcrushbooks.com

Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Ocean-Bound-1/dp/1481989715/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358429474&sr=1-2&keywords=robbys+quest%3A+ocean+bound

Amazon Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Ocean-Bound-ebook/dp/B009V7IRL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358428468&sr=1-1&keywords=robbys+quest%3A+ocean+bound

CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/4106755

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-dc-rush/1114144592

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/274779

 

Athletic antics (Birdgirl) by Kimberley Jane Pryor

Kimberley’s love and knowledge about birds, especially birds of prey, comes shining through in this very enjoyable book about a girl called Ava and the magical Rainbow Bird.

Athletics antics (Birdgirl)

Available on kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/Athletics-antics-Birdgirl-ebook/dp/B007AAM10U/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1354969007&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=athletic+antics+by+kimberley+jane+pryor

 

Ava loves birds and is very caring; however this doesn’t save her from being teased by the `popular’ girls at her school.

She shares a love of shot put and discus with her dad and decides that she would like to make him proud by enter these events at the School Athletics Carnival.

When spiteful teasing means the loss of something important, she calls upon her friend the Rainbow Bird for help, and is transformed into a magnificent bird of prey, which saves the day and leaves her with a good luck talisman.

Despite everything Ava comes through in the end in this great book which will appeal especially to girls and lovers of birds of prey, as it has some fascinating facts about the Black-shouldered Kite in the back.