In the third e-book in my ‘Small Folk Tales’ series, you will meet my best and oldest mate, Ted Bear Esq. (lovingly known as Ted to me all the 66 years we have shared, so far!) It all began modestly enough with some photos of him for his story on Squidoo – ‘A Little Known Aussie, Ted Bear Esq.’, but do you think this was enough for this furry prima donna? No way! He beat his hairy chest for a bit, then demanded a full exposure of his ‘togetherness’ with all his friends. He would agree to one photo only of the Knitty Gritty Kids, growling that they had already had more than their fair share – this was his “moment in the sun”. And then, more… MUCH more than this… he’s demanding heavily expanded stories about his mates and his special friendships with them all. You would think this photo shoot would be enough. Time will tell, because truly… a Mother’s work is never done!
Targeted Age Group: 3-7 yo
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In a word, Ted. He did start by asking politely, but that soon deteriorated into pouting and snivelling – even a bit of the old grovelling. He knows how to twist my heart and bend me to his will. Ted learned that trick decades ago, and as always, he wore me down.
Dedicated to Ted Bears everywhere
– may you be loved and treasured all the days of your life.
And always remember these wonderful words –
‘In a world gone bad, a bear – even a bear standing on its head – is a comforting, uncomplicated, dependable hunk of sanity.’ – Pam Brown, b.1928
The Knitty Gritty Kids love to hear stories from my life… or tall tales I invent. They don’t care… the Knitty Gritty kids just snuggle in and cry out… “More”, and “Don’t stop. We want another.”
THEY know the truth of the saying – ‘A bear teaches us that if the heart is true, it doesn’t much matter if an ear drops off.’ – Helen Exley, b.1943
Captain Chas comes from Tas. (or Tasmania). Sometimes I put on my riverboat hat, and we talk ‘pirate’ and sing sea shanties (songs).
One of our favourites is –
‘Come all ye young fellows that follows the sea
To me, way hey, blow the man down’
but our most special favourite is –
‘In South Australia I was born
Heave away, haul away’
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 could 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, rewrite and edit her old ‘stuff’ for kids, and add in a whole new lot, and here is the result.