23 Aug 2019

WHO HIDES HERE? FOOTPRINTS ON THE FARM.


WHO HIDES HERE? FOOTPRINTS ON THE FARM by RACHEL COVERDALE (With illustrations by SHELLY OYSTON).


A charming picture book with beautiful illustrations allowing children to discover which farm animals have made footprints in the fields and countryside. Written with a sing-song rhythm and rhyme, children will delight in joining in with the grown-ups reading to them.

- Amazon.Co.UK Blurb

Who is hiding on the farm?
Sometimes shelters in a barn.
A coat like silk,
We drink her milk.
Who is hiding on the farm?
- First Verse

Who is hiding in the hay? 
Likes to nibble, scurry and play.
His long tail
Leaves a trail.
Who is hiding in the hay?

- Memorable Moment; Page Un-numbered


SOURCE ... Received from the author with thanks.

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... An invitation to guess just what  animal is hiding in the pen, in the hay, in the reeds or any other number of places around the farm.

Written in verse and colourfully illustrated, Who Hides Here? Footprints On The Farm is suitable for the youngest of children who will doubtlessly love the beautifully drawn animals right through to slightly older children who having read/been read the clues get to turn the pages to reveal just which animal has been hiding and what noises they make.

As fun as it is educational. I love that the book also includes some activities that encourage children to revisit the story by, for example, getting them to spot Sammy Snail who has photo-bombed every picture throughout ... something I myself hadn't noticed at first reading but enjoyed spotting thereafter. 


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20 Aug 2019

DON'T DRINK THE PINK.

DON'T DRINK THE PINK by B.C.R. FEGAN (With illustrations by LENNY WEN).

Follow the special relationship between Madeline and her Grandfather as they both grow and share in the most magical birthday experiences. Filled with secrets to uncover and  brimming with imagination, Don't Drink the Pink explores a number of basic concepts including colors, numbers and the reality of growing older.
- Back Cover Blurb

Grandfather Gilderberry never seems to rest.
- First Line; First Verse

On my seventh birthday,
Grandpa bounded in.
He wore a crooked smile
which broke into a grin.
- Memorable Moment; Page Un-numbered

SOURCE ... Received with thanks from Ariella of TaleBlade.

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... A bit like my grandfather ... and I'm sure like the grandfather(s) of many of the book's readers ... Madeline's grandpa is considered by some as, well, crazy and yet to Madeline herself there really is no-one quite like him.

Written in verse which in itself is a treat to both young and not so young ears alike. Add wonderful illustrations and you have the truly magical story at the heart of which there is the charming, fun and yet bittersweet tale of the power of love and all the magic ... and heartache ... that this can bring.

Following the super cute Madeline as she celebrates her first to fifteenth birthdays; birthdays in which not only does she get older but her beloved Grandpa does too. Alongside the less weighty concepts of colours and numbers the author also takes a creative and yet sensitive look at ageing and all that this implies ... and, yes, this includes death.

Not necessarily easy topics to broach. Yes, this character's ageing and ultimate passing is sad but then why shy away from it? 

Written by an author who time and time again has produced quality children's books, as well as a sweet read I have no doubts that this could provide an invaluable aid when it comes to raising the subject with young children.

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13 Aug 2019

(BENEDICTS 1): FINDING SKY.

Finding Sky (Benedicts, #1)FINDING SKY by JOSS STIRLING.


When English girl Sky catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can't get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. She must face the dark even if it means losing her heart. Will Sky have the strength to embrace her power and be brave enough to control her own destiny, or will the demons of her past prevent her from realizing her true potential? 
- Back Cover Blurb

The car drew away, leaving the little girl on the verge.
- First Sentence; Chapter 1

See 'My Thoughts' below for my Memorable Moment.

SOURCE ... A charity shop buy.

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... 'He'd climbed the apple tree and was sitting outside my room, straddling the branch. I threw open the window.' (Pg 80)

Surely it can't just be me that's thinking this is suspiciously like that scene in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight in which we find Edward sitting looking longingly at Bella through her bedroom window.

New girl in school (in this case its Brit Sky Bright) with zero personality falls for the school's 'bad boy' (Zed) who, the youngest of seven brothers 

- Trace, Uriel, Victor, Will, Xav and Yves. I know! T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. (Its just as well there wasn't an 8th child or would the parents have just started back at A?) -

all of whom are mysterious (and, it goes without saying, gorgeous), is really just a pussy cat ... until someone messes with his girl.

A 'paranormal' romance (the first in the author's Benedicts series). Whilst there was some paranormal element to the story take away the powers of Sky and the Benedict's and you were left with what to all intents and purposes I thought of as a fairly standard thriller. As for the romance. Hmm! This was kind of cute (albeit totally lacking in any chemistry between the protagonists)but it did concern me that just as with Edward and Bella in Twilight there was also something that didn't always sit too well with me when it came to what could be taken as the sometimes controlling nature of the relationship. 

Twee, full of laughable dialogue and lacking in originality but in need of something twee and full of laughable dialogue that I could sink myself into and didn't have to think about Finding Sky fitted the bill perfectly and proved an ideal diversion.


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7 Aug 2019

WWW: THE WHIPPOO WHAT?

First off if I may ... Its come to my attention that some of those using Akismet Spam Protection are encountering difficulties with comments using my now name being labelled as spam. If you weren't aware of this name change and use Akismet could you please look out for any comments under the name of Felicity Grace Terry ... they are not spam. Thank you. FGT

Not a creature of myth and legend as say the mermaid or the vampire or even the luchorpain.  Magpies aside never has a bird been surrounded by so many myths many of them involving death ...



Its call best ignored according to the Native American Omaha tribe as to answer it meant certain death,

One New England legend says  it can sense a soul departing, and can capture it as it flees, 


According to H.P. Lovecraft in "The Dunwich Horror"

"It is vowed that the birds are psychopomps lying in wait for the souls of the dying, and that they time their eerie cries in unison with the sufferer's struggling breath. If they can catch the fleeing soul when it leaves the body, they instantly flutter away chittering in daemoniac laughter; but if they fail, they subside gradually into a disappointed silence",


Also mentioned in a short story by James Thurber in which the protagonist, driven mad by the insomnia caused by its persistent call, kills the occupants of the household and then himself,

Believed to be one of the gods of the night according to the The Colorado Utes who had it that it could turn a frog into the moon,

The Mohegan Tribe held the belief that makiwasug (magical little people) travelled through the forest at night in the shape of them,

'Old wives' tales had it that in springtime if a single woman heard its call only once she was destined to remain unmarried for that year. However if the song was to continue she was destined to remain a spinster for life ... unless of course that it is she made a wish upon hearing that first call,

As well as books and stories it features in many songs including the below ditty by Blackburry Smoke (A favourite group of Mr T's younger brother; the middle bro Terry.



It is of course the whippoorwill to which I refer
 - Here its call here.

Not your typical Wondrous Words Wednesday post (WWW being a Meme hosted by BermudaOnion's WeblogI grant you but hey-ho a word I haven't come across before. Care to share any you have come across lately?

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