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Edmund Pickle Chin Blog Tour — A Donkey Interview

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edmund-cover-600x900Edmund Pickle Chin: A Donkey Rescue Story

Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood, Authors

Lynne Bendoly, Illustrator

eTreasures Publishing, April 26, 2014

Suitable for ages: 4-10

Theme: Animal Rescue

Today you are in for a special treat. I am the fifth stop or the tail end of the donkey blog tour!  I have the pleasure of interviewing the star of the book, Edmund Pedro Pickle Chin Big Head Ed Elwood. He is 10 years old and lives at Everymay Farm, a non-profit rescue for farm animals in rural Georgia. It was founded by Susan and Tom Elwood in 2007. According to Susan,  Edmund stands watch over the smaller critters and has become their protectors. He even tolerates goat head blows to the chest and waits to eat until the other animals have finished. Susan says, he can also be quite comical when people are around. Although he is still very shy, he will  “curl his…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

3 comments on “Edmund Pickle Chin Blog Tour — A Donkey Interview

  1. Patricia Tilton
    June 5, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing my interview with Emund Pickle Chin, the star of the book! Such a great animal rescue story! And, I had so much fun with this fun-loving character!


  2. Gretchen Del Rio
    June 6, 2014

    Wonderful. Rescued animals always seem to be grateful. Of course they know. Edmund is beautiful and how great that he stars in a book about rescue for children.


  3. clarbojahn
    June 7, 2014

    Thanks so much for reblogging Edmund’s interview on you blog! This is my very favorite of all our posts we did for the tour. Susan my coauthor is really Edmund’s voice and she did a fantastice job of creating a unique Donkey voice making Edmund into a character we can all fall in love with. Not like he wasn’t loveable in the first place not at all. i thought he was so good I wanted to write a picture book about him and we did just that. It is a terrific book! 🙂

    Thanks again for spreading the love! 🙂


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