This is the first in my ‘Small Folk Tales’ series of e-books. An original collection of poems for wee small folk – to capture and enhance their own wondrously fertile imaginations, it is called ‘Small Folk Rhymes’. With names like ‘Guppy Puppies’, ‘One Lonesome Shoe’ and ‘Echidnas are not Kidding’, this cheerful verse will delight small hearts, and even if they cannot read yet themselves, the carefully chosen clipart and photos enhance my words, adding their own brand of quirkiness and charm. Now I am looking for a talented reader out there for each of those smalls who have maybe not yet begun their path to becoming a book lover, able to read to themselves. May I request the ‘out loud’ reader to share the honour with me of being part of creating another special book lover?
Targeted Age Group: 3-7 yo
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The first rhyme in this first book features a photo of our beloved grand-daughter, enjoying one of her holidays on our farm. Her friendship with the animals was my inspiration, following many years of sharing books with her and watching her develop her own love of reading. My passion to lead other children along this path was born and continues to blossom with each children’s book I write.
ECHIDNAS ARE NOT KIDDING
An Echidna looks such a friendly chap,
As he does his daily scout.
His head keeps swinging from side to side,
Finding ants with his trusty snout.
* * * *
Not for him the joys of a lollypop,
Nor an icecream, chocolate or jelly,
Not raspberry jam, nor steak nor chop,
It’s ants he craves in his belly.
* * * *
“Going down,” he grunts, and digs in like a ‘dozer,
when he scents a tasty ants’ nest,
The dirt piles up on each side like two hills –
munching every last one without rest.
About the Author:
6. 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.