If you knew Ted Bear like Christine has for over 6 decades, you would know that one book about him was never going to be enough for this loveable fellow, who is as demanding as he is delightful. In the fourth book in the ‘Small Folk Tales’ series, Ted introduces us to his best mates – and he has quite a few. There are new faces like Gertie Galah, Captain Chas and Crow Bear, and a return of some old (very old actually) faithfuls, Gran and Grandpa. Each photo has its own cameo story to amuse and entertain, whilst always subtly reinforcing the value of acceptance of differences, friendship and treasuring loved ones.
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Children’s stories will always hold a special place in my heart. When I was read to for the short time before I could read myself, my passion for reading was born and has never stopped growing. Writing in this genre has enabled me to offer the opportunity and encouragement for small folk to become equally besotted bookworms, as I state on my own children’s book site. I believe all things are possible, if we can first read about it… and dream.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never ever give up. Dream. Imagine. Read. Do a heap of ‘moodling’ (mental doodling). Let your imagination loose. Scribble down ideas, no matter how fanciful – sometimes the smallest germ of an idea will grow into something exceptional – sometimes not. Just never ever give up believing in yourself and possibilities.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother and farmer… now living on a retirement farm with hubby, dogs, cats, hens and beef cattle. But first and foremost, I am a ‘born-again’ writer, after shelving my creations some decades ago. A few years back I retrieved them, dusted them off and with the help of some heavy editing and today’s technology, now present them in e-book format, starting with this first ‘Small Folk Tales’ series. I am dedicated to enticing children into becoming tomorrow’s bookworms – maybe some will be tomorrow’s authors? If my words can inspire and challenge this desire, I will have my greatest reward.
I’m not sure this book was so much inspired as desired… by Ted Bear. Resistance was useless. His quiet determination wore me down until a large degree of desperation and perspiration provided the inspiration.