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Children’s Books Coming to the Plum Tree!

For many months now, I have been working with the fabulous, Marta Pelrine-Bacon on a little children’s book idea I had a while back. The story was inspired by my marvelous 3 year old granddaughter (then 2). She loves being in the garden so much with her papa Doug, that I decided to write about their adventures. And being the keen environmentalist that both myself and Doug are, we wanted the stories to have a strong environmental theme…

Rosie & Pa Dug in the garden series was born! The stories are about how everything in the garden serves a purpose.The stories are a little peek at the garden eco-system for 3 – 5 yr olds! In the first story, Rosie wears her wellington boots…she learns that even they serve an important purpose. She is learning how to be prepared for being in the garden in all weathers…

Wolly The Worm is next, followed by a story about roots, ice, trees etc. The little books are pocket sized…5 inches by 5.5 inches and will make great presents.  All our children’s books will have very strong teaching elements as well as being fun. Rosie is quite a character! The first of these little books in the series will be available for pre-order soon. Watch this space for the release date!

Marta’s illustrations are phenomenal! Marta is also an author and her first novel. The Blue Jar will also be published by Plum Tree Books on February 10th.  More on that to follow!

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About niamh clune

I love to write in childish rhyme I really do it all the time A Doctor and a Nana too 'Tis on the plum tree that I grew! Before we go any further, I must let you into one of my secrets. When I was little, fairies lived at the bottom of my garden. I used to talk or sing to them quietly (as fairies don't like shouting). And when dew covered the grass and made it glitter and sparkle, I knew the fairies were preparing for a shindig! Everyone knows that when dew is on the grass, fairies have their choice of the most beautiful sparkles imaginable. Fairies might wear peony or iris sparkle. They might wear rose or violet sparkle. Boy fairies wear shamrock and shiny breeches of bark be-dewed and made smooth and slithery ~ great for sliding down mole-hills! Fairies always throw parties in celebration of dew, as fairies love nothing more! They drink it, and it makes them giggle! They wear it, and it makes them shimmer. Dew really is the diamond in the fairy-queen crown. Apart from anything else, dew means it is a new day, and fairies love the time before dawn when they can flit and dart ~ flicker and start; hover and whiz ~ zip and fizz; float and flash ~ make-a-dash; tease and prance ~ skip and dance; hurry and scurry ~ all of a flurry; rush and rail ~ skim, speed and sail! The very best Leprechaun fiddlers play the most lively jigs. Elf harpists pluck at your heartstrings and weave magic in verse. Goblins are, by far, the best drummers, whilst meadow sprites have very high, reedy singing voices ~ almost inaudible to all but the very trained musical ear. Usually appearing on percussion are the cobbler gnomes ~ with a-clink and a-clank, whenever needed, and in perfect time. All in all, fairy gatherings are a sight to see ~ for those able to see them. I spent many an early morning dancing to the tunes of the little people. Very soon, they began to trust me, (Fairies seldom trust humans, as humans do very strange things to fairies and to fairyland), but I could dance a fine jig, pirouette often, sing a long song and recite a poem, all of which is of very great interest to fairies. They taught me some of their ancient secrets about bees and butterflies, worms and magic bears who know such an awful lot about everything. They also taught me secrets about science and the sky, and how to grow up into someone who is wise (wise enough to still believe in fairies). I like to share some of those mysteries with boys and girls (and grown-ups who still have magic in them) who are inquisitive but can also keep a secret. Sssssssssh! Promise you won't tell anyone... Are you ready? Now listen well, to the stories I will tell...

19 comments on “Children’s Books Coming to the Plum Tree!

  1. DiAnne Ebejer
    October 11, 2012

    A fabulous new direction and addition for Plum Tree Books and a wonderful first children’s book! Totally exciting and something to be proud of! Clapping loudly!

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      Me too, DiAnne…It feels like opening a Christmas present and finding exactly what you asked for.

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  2. JLBCreatives
    October 11, 2012

    How wonderful and exciting! I love your writing and Marta’s art – with a combination like that these little books are bound to be a pleasantry to many. ;-)

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      Many thanks, Janet! Well! You know about children’s books, fantasy writing and great art work, because your Maycly series is so stunning! And what a HUGE amount of work that would have been. Best of everything with it. Hopefully, we can feature you here soon telling us about your book on our Youth-Tube corner.

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  3. Ampat Koshy
    October 11, 2012

    Niamh – I have a children’s book by a friend to show you for publication. Can you tell me where to send it to?

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      We are not taking submissions at present, Ampat, as our books are based on creative collaborations with members of Plum Tree Books. I create books with in-house artists, writers and poets. That is the nature of our company at the moment. It might change in the future. But thank You for your enquiry.

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  4. Shawn MacKENZIE
    October 11, 2012

    How very cool, Niamh. I get so discouraged by the quality of books for kids these days. These sounds wonderful!

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      I hope that we shan’t disappoint! Lol! And I know what you mean.

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  5. Tonia Marie Houston
    October 11, 2012

    This sounds lovely, sweet, and reminds me of one of your favorite stories- Alice in Wonderland. In fact, I can picture Marta’s illustrations for your beloved book. I know the two of you make quite the team and I can’t wait to see the final product. I have a son who will be three next month and he loves being outdoors. Tell me, can I get copies signed by both you and Marta? :)

    I think the British word I’m looking for to describe what I see with the featured illustration is ‘posh’. Indeed.

    Truly excited.

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      Posh it is! And of course you can have signed copies. Plum tree Books is gearing up for the releases of Marta’s, yours, mine, a poetry book by DiAnne Ebejer, another by Susie Bertie. We have a full house, and are putting the wheels in motion. Thanks for your comment, Tonia.

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  6. Juliette
    October 11, 2012

    This is so sweet and the illustration lovely. Good job.

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      I am glad you think so, Juliette. I really hope little ones will LOVE this series.

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  7. the secret keeper
    October 11, 2012

    This is so wonderful. Now I know my nephew is a newborn but I am thinking he would be fascinated with these books and his mom and dad could tell Luke that his Aunts Jen and Shawn knows one of the authors personally and the other one is part of the writing family I am getting to know. They will be so marvelous for Luke, I know where he is going to get a lot of his reading from. What a great job Marta and you have done. I am so excited for both on the children’s books. Congrats. & Brava!!! J.K.

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 11, 2012

      Yes! They would be a wonderful, special present for your nephew.

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  8. Walking with Beverley
    October 12, 2012

    Well I just can’t wait to get a copy! This is exciting. I have my first chilren’s story book started on trees hope to have it has a christmas gift for my grandkids…would love to have it published but for now will just print it…

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  9. Patricia Tilton
    October 12, 2012

    Congratulations! I love the idea of your garden series. I will look forward to reading the first. You are truly in a constant flow of creativity right now — and you are using your channel well!

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    • ontheplumtree
      October 12, 2012

      Thank You, Patricia. I hope you will love the series as much as I loved writing it and working with Marta,

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  10. the secret keeper
    October 13, 2012

    Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    Plum Tree Books are coming out with children books. My nephew Luke is definitely going to benefit from this venture. I will start collecting the delightful stories for when he is old enough to understand. He is a newborn at present. The first books Is about: “…Rosie & Pa Dug in the garden series was born! The stories are about how everything in the garden serves a purpose…” The author Niamh Clune and the illustrator Marta Pelrine-Bacon are both extremely talented in creating this chilldren’s book and there is another one. Please go to the site for “on the plum tree” and investigate more of what is happening with the childrens books and all other creative offerings that are present on this site. J.K. the secret keeper

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