Environment, poetry, comment, children's books,
¨ Everything in the garden serves a purpose
¨ Basic science in rhyme with beautiful illustrations for ages 3—6
¨ Easy learning and teaching
¨ Onomatopoeia for fun!
I asked 4 yr old Ralph if he thought a story about a worm could be fun. He grinned. Ralph was one of a group of children at the Lechlade Festival participating in the launch of the first two little books in the Pa Dug & Rosie series. The antics Rosie employs when she discovers the underground worm tunnels made the gathered children giggle. Some stood and jumped up and down. “Are you waking the worms too?” I asked. After all, there is something fascinating about the thought of a network of underground tunnels made by smiley, clever pink worms who help bring food to the table. Rosie doesn’t believe Pa Dug when he tells her this. She shouts,”Worm’s cannot do what you’ve just said. Mummy brings the food to table. Mummy, not the worm, is able.” In the end, of course, she realizes the magic of nature and how the worm serves a very good purpose.
In the first book: Rosie Wears Her Wellingtons, we meet Rosie and Pa Dug for the first time and realize that even a rainy day is a celebration.
The books are written in rhyme by myself and are beautifully illustrated by Marta Pelrine Bacon.
I wanted a unique design for these stories, so I asked Marta for black and white illustrations with one colour on each page: the red boots, the yellow watering can, a single flower ~ all to aid memory and focus. These books should be read time and again to help a child develop rhyming skills, musicality and rhythm ~ not to mention learning about the natural magic of simple things that we might, otherwise, take for granted in the garden.
Buy them directly from Plum Tree Books at a cost of £3.50 each. This is less than the price of a Disney magazine with benefits that will last far longer!
Request them for your schools and libraries and help make these special pocket-sized books a big success. Please let me know if you would like to review them.