Once again, as in the first book in this series, Small Folk Tales, this last and sixth book is another collection of rhymes and this time with a few stories, as well – not a picture book in the traditional sense, but photos and clip-art pics dotted here and there to enhance my words and add to the pleasure.
Cute story names include – ‘A First-Rate Feast’ and ‘Missy the Feline Feastress’,
and rhymes – ‘Jesse the Rocker’ and the quiet and thoughtful ‘Listeners’.
There is something here to entertain and delight the hearts of small folk, even if they can only read the pictures yet, as they listen to the words.
Targeted Age Group: 3-7 yo
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
These rhymes and tales were inspired by happenings in the lives of our children and neighbourhood kids. It didn’t take much stretch of my imagination to see the potential to teach a few small but valuable lessons in friendship, caring for each other, working as a team, and respecting differences.
COME CLEAN FERGUS
Fergus didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Trouble is, tears get lost in all the pond water, he thought. So Fergus croaked instead.
He was young, and his croaks still came out “REEDEEP, REEDEEP”, but Fergus didn’t care. The Elders had told him his real croak would grow with him as he grew. Great Grandpa Horatio even said he believed Fergus might develop the best “FOUR BOB, FOUR BOB” croak in the swamp. Fergus was proud about this, and he practiced for hours every night, to deepen his tone of voice.
But Fergus wasn’t croaking his ‘wannabe’ deep voice now. He was making frantic, frightened little ‘reedeeps’ – lots and lots of them – because Fergus was looking at his world from the bottom of a deep plastic bucket. There was water and small rocks and grass in the bucket with him, but none of this made him feel better.
It’s not a home – no matter the decorations. That kid and his hateful net! He might call this a good home, but I’m still his prisoner! And this is still a jail.
About the Author:
It is with a sense of amazement that Christine finds herself in amongst so many talented, knowledgeable and clever authors. For a long time, she felt overwhelmed by their credentials and felt her humble beginnings and life experiences were no match for the expertise of those authors she was reading about. But gradually, she came to realise that she too has a tale to tell – a story many others would find entertaining and fascinating. You see, 55 years of Christine’s life have been lived in the last century, as a wife, mother, grandmother and farmer. Earlier attempts to see her words published met with a barrage of rejections, and when these were combined with the demands of her busy lifestyle and responsibilities of family and farm, it all became too overwhelming, and her wannabe books were shelved for more than three decades. An opportunity came Christine’s way as the ’empty nest syndrome’ was happening, and suddenly, back out came her trusty pencil, and a series of lenses on Squidoo began, followed by many articles on Ezine Articles. These all proved successful enough to encourage her to revamp and edit, and rewrite, and edit her old ‘stuff’ for kids, and add in a whole new lot, and here is the result.