If you’re a grandparent, a parent, or a special someone who loves to read to the small folk in your life, you will appreciate this book – a celebration of a collection of works by a Grandmother and her Grand-daughter, demonstrating the importance of loving and nurturing each other… and being proud and appreciative of each other’s artistic contributions.
In this book there are poems, stories and a newspaper clipping, cards and drawings sent to each other, and delightful photographs of the growing grand-daughter, Cirena. Beautiful messages emerge of the importance of being a ‘keeper’ of beloved toys and creative works – a concept not so readily embraced by the ‘throw away’ society we live in today.
Every child needs to know their simplest creations are some of Life’s richest treasures to those who love them. And every adult needs to recognise the inestimable and proven value of reading to children from the youngest imaginable age.
Targeted Age Group: 3-7 yo
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What better inspiration could a person have than watching and sharing the growing years of a dearly beloved grand-daughter? We seemed to be a constant inspiration to each other whenever she was here on our farm, sharing weekends or holidays. Such special words and illustrations begged to be recorded, following a couple of albums made especially for her. This fifth book in my ‘Small Folk Tales’ series is the loving result.
A HOLEY SONG – by Christine and Cirena
There’s a hole in my sock, dear Gran, dear Gran,
There’s a hole in my sock – Dear Gran, a hole.
Then mend it, dear Cirena, dear Cirena, dear Cirena,
Then mend it, dear Cirena – dear Cirena… mend it!
With what do I mend it, dear Gran, dear Gran?
With what do I mend it? – Dear Gran, with what?
A needle and thread, dear Cirena, dear Cirena,
With a needle and thread, dear Cirena…needle and thread!
But where is the needle, dear Gran, dear Gran?
And also the thread? Dear Gran… where, oh where?
In my sewing box, dear Cirena, dear Cirena, dear Cirena,
In my sewing box dear Cirena… there’s a needle and thread.
But where is the sewing box, dear Gran, dear Gran?
Oh where is the sewing box, dear Gran…where is it?
On the table outside, dear Cirena, dear Cirena,
On the table outside, dear Cirena….just look!!
Do I wear my boots, dear Gran, dear Gran, dear Gran?
Do I wear boots, dear Gran… do I wear my boots?
Yes… but don’t forget your socks, dear Cirena, dear Cirena,
Just don’t forget your socks, dear Cirena, your socks!!
But there’s a hole in my sock, dear Gran, dear Gran,
There’s a hole in my sock, dear Gran… A BIG HOLE!!
About the Author:
Christine is a wife, mother, grandmother and farmer who now finds herself in the company of many talented, knowledgeable and clever authors, and she just cannot believe it. After decades of feeling overwhelmed by others’ credentials compared to her humble beginnings and life experiences, she was sure she was not an author’s armpit. But gradually, she realised that she too had tales to tell – stories many others could find entertaining and fascinating – especially because 55 years of Christine’s life have been lived in the last century. Earlier attempts seeking publication 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 creative writing was shelved for more than three decades. An opportunity came Christine’s way simultaneously with the ’empty nest syndrome’ and suddenly, her trusty pencil re-emerged, and a series of lenses on Squidoo began, followed by many articles on Ezine Articles. These proved successful, praiseworthy, even award-worthy, and it was all enough to encourage her to rewrite and tweak her old ‘stuff’, and add in a whole new batch. This series of children’s books is the joyous result.