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George’s Frog…The proofs Are In!

front cover of George and the Frog We have just received the proof of George’s Frog…the first in a series of little books to help young children learn about their emotions. This is a story about what happens when George’s Frog dies. The illustrations are by award-winning artist, Maria Antonietta Terrana. Story and idea by me (Niamh Clune). These will be published by Plum Tree Books in the New Year! Yay! We will be sending out copies to reviewers in the New Year!

And here is a picture of the wonderful Maria winning the Van Gogh award at Città di Amsterdam …Galleria Arti et Amicitiae

van gogh prize

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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...

18 comments on “George’s Frog…The proofs Are In!

  1. songtothesirens
    December 19, 2012

    I think that a series of books to help children learn about their emotions is a marvelous idea! Emotions can be very difficult for an adult to understand, let alone a child. As a very emotional child (some would say hyper-sensitive, some would still say that), it would have been nice to have someone or something that would have helped me process the world as I experienced it. Great idea….. I hope the series does well.

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    • ontheplumtree
      December 19, 2012

      Thank you…it is for very young children. Just teaching them that it is OK to cry, feel sad, angry etc.,

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      • songtothesirens
        December 19, 2012

        It is very important for them to know that their feelings are okay to have. I think that sometimes adults forget what it was like to be a child and feeling confused about our emotions. I try to never forget what being a child is like.

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      • ontheplumtree
        December 19, 2012

        I am inspired to remember. My granddaughter teaches me.

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      • songtothesirens
        December 19, 2012

        That’s wonderful…. I had a very inspiring grandma too. She taught me a lot, and I hope that she learned from me as well.

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      • ontheplumtree
        December 19, 2012

        I am sure she did…we always learn from the young because we have nothing in the way…

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      • songtothesirens
        December 19, 2012

        Very good point. I love the opinions and thoughts of children. They are not so colored by the onslaught we receive as adults, and are unfettered and honest.

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  2. Juliette
    December 19, 2012

    Congratulations! This is so sweet!

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  3. Patricia Tilton
    December 19, 2012

    Wow, I love the cover! Importat theme for kids. I love you teach through nature Can’t wait to see the final book!

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    • ontheplumtree
      December 19, 2012

      Thank you, Patricia. I will send it in the New Year! I do hope you like it!

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  4. DiAnne Ebejer
    December 20, 2012

    Congratulations and I can’t wait to get this for my grand children! This is very exciting and such a great addition for Plum Tree Books!

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  5. the secret keeper
    December 20, 2012

    This is marvelous. Something to add to your wanting to teach children it is okay to have emotions. That the old adage: “Children should be seen but nott heard,” can be well buried. A new world and a new acceptance for children and a way to save from those who would still support that children have nothing to offer. When inactuality, children have more to offer the world then most adults, with the acception of those adults who haven’t forgptten how to keep the child alive inside with an on going imagination and the growing and listening and learning spirit. Cannot wait to see this new book. It will be on my list of books to collect for Luke. my very young nephew, who gets all the love in the world for everyone around him. Thanks Niamh and Maria for what promises to be a wonderful book and a great addition to the PlumTree Books collection. :-)

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  6. thiskidreviewsbooks
    December 21, 2012

    I love the cover! Congrats! :D

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  7. the secret keeper
    December 21, 2012

    Niamh, I have a surprise for you. Go to anyone of my posts. Scroll down the page. Look to the right column sidebar. Eventually you will find the surprise. If you click on it you will find your way to a very special post. Hope you like this. jk the secret keeper ;-)

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    • ontheplumtree
      December 21, 2012

      And I have a surprise for you! I have nominated you back for the blogger award, so you have another star to pick up. I am not sure how to add the badge,,,but, anyhow,at least I have joined in. Thank you for your great surprise.

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      • the secret keeper
        December 21, 2012

        Thank you Niamh. I will switch to the 4 star badge. That’s great of you. Thanks for joining in. I promise I will help you through creating a badge. Like I did with George’s Frog. It will be fun once you get down the basics. It’s just a bit complicated but definitely manageable. I am pleased you like my surprise. :-) jk

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    • ontheplumtree
      December 21, 2012

      Really great! Thank you!

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