This is the first in my ‘Small Folk Tales’ series of e-books, an original collection of poems for wee small folk – to capture and enhance their own wondrously fertile imaginations, it is called ‘Small Folk Rhymes’.
With names like ‘Guppy Puppies’, ‘One Lonesome Shoe’ and ‘Echidnas are not Kidding’, this cheerful verse will delight small hearts, and even if they cannot read yet themselves, the carefully chosen clipart and photos enhance my words, adding their own brand of quirkiness and charm.
Now I am looking for a talented reader out there for each of those smalls who have maybe not yet begun their path to becoming a book lover, able to read to themselves. May I request the ‘out loud’ reader to share the honour with me of being part of creating another special book lover?
Targeted Age Group:
3 – 7
Writing in this genre for small children is easy when your philosophy is the same as mine about ‘learning to read in order to enable reading to learn’. My attitude will not change, as my chosen genres may change in the future – the principle still applies.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read and read some more. Learn from reading the best… and the rest. Never, ever give up your dreams, and never stop rising to the challenge to be the best you possibly can – and never, ever let anyone steal away your self-belief or erode your self-esteem. These things are yours and only yours. Treasure them.
It is with a sense of amazement that Christine finds herself in amongst so many talented, knowledgeable and clever authors.
For a long time, she felt overwhelmed by their credentials and felt her humble beginnings and life experiences were no match for the expertise of those authors she was reading about. But gradually, she came to realise that she too has a tale to tell – a story many others would find entertaining and fascinating.
You see, 55 years of Christine’s life have been lived in the last century, as a wife, mother, grandmother and farmer. Earlier attempts to see her words published met with a barrage of rejections, and when these were combined with the demands of her busy lifestyle and responsibilities of family and farm, it all became too overwhelming, and her wannabe books were shelved for more than three decades.
An opportunity came Christine’s way as the ’empty nest syndrome’ was happening, and suddenly, back out came her trusty pencil, and a series of lenses on Squidoo began, followed by many articles written for Ezine Articles. These all proved successful enough to encourage her to revamp and edit, and rewrite and edit her old ‘stuff’ for kids, add in a whole new lot, and here is the result.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The great Aldous Huxley said, ‘Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.’
This is my philosophy, one of the major reasons I write – to open small eyes to the world and all its possibilities.
I believe the people of our world can never have too many dreams – to soften its harsher realities, to bring more light and love into our lives – and you’re never too young to start dreaming . . . or too old to stop.