While the wind is blowing a gale outside and the rain is pitter-pattering down the window pane, I’m trying to remain positive and think about that well known saying above of ‘March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers’! If it all gets a bit much, I might have to adopt Fearne Fairy’s thinking below of ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ and go jumping in numerous muddy puddles!
Here’s Fearne Fairy jumping up and down in a muddy puddle in Whimsy Wood!
Incase you didn’t know, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books all have a proverb or old saying woven into each story, giving the books real meaning. For example, the proverb that appears in book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, is ‘Share and share alike’. I’m rather excited to share a wonderful review of this particular whimsical book which is especially written for the month of March. This review arrived in my inbox this week and here’s an snippet…..’This is a truly enchanting fairy tale, magical and yet with a little lesson about the importance of sharing woven in. I read it to my little granddaughter and she was captivated, loving both the story and the wonderful illustrations. I look forward to sharing more Fearne Fairy tales with her as we explore this exciting series together.’
The fabulous front cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’!
If you would like to read the rest of this review then you will find it here:-https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2C8PX8GINZSRP/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
Also, you may be excited to learn that Wildlife Watch, the children’s club of The Wildlife Trusts, are currently running a competition to win signed copies of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’! The competition closes on March the 31st and all you have to do is tell them what you most like about Spring and then enter here http://wildlifewatch.org.uk/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks
Now what I most like about Spring is the sign of fresh green shoots growing, indicating new life and fresh beginnings, which brings me onto the new Whimsy Wood story that I’m currently writing. I love researching all the woodland flora and fauna that is relevant to the month and book that I am writing for and it amazes me the number of weird and wonderful things we have growing and living in our woodlands! This terrific toadstool below is a prime example! This beauty is named the ‘Plums and Custard’ fungus and rightly so, with its creamy yellow undersurface on its cap and the rest of it being a marvellous maroon colour! You won’t be surprised to learn that I shall be weaving this magnificent mushroom into the latest Whimsy Wood book!
‘Plums and custard’ fungus!
Finally we’re thrilled to have been invited to attend the Pewsey Fairy Fayre in Pewsey, Wiltshire on Sunday April the 23rd! There will be a Fairy Trail as well as the fairy-themed Fayre, so if you fancy a day filled with fun, frivolities and fairies then come along!
Flyer for the Pewsey Fairy Fayre!
Well, that’s all from me for now. I shall toddle off and try to be creative elsewhere! Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend! 😃📚✨
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.