If you’re a grandparent, a parent, or maybe a special someone who loves to read to the small folk in your life, you will appreciate this book. Here is a celebration of a collection of works by a Grandmother and her Grand-daughter, demonstrating the importance of loving and nurturing each other… and being proud and appreciative of each other’s artistic contributions. In this book there are poems, stories, cards and drawings sent to each other, and delightful photographs of the growing grand-daughter, Cirena. Beautiful messages emerge of the importance of being a ‘keeper’ of beloved toys and creative works – a concept not so readily embraced by the ‘throw away’ society we live in today
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Writing in the genre of children’s books has enabled me to offer the opportunity and encouragement for small folk to become equally besotted bookworms, as I myself have been, ever since I could read on my own. I believe it’s my Grandfather’s fault – he apparently used to escape the incessant demands of his large family by taking a book and heading off to the smallest room and locking the door… in his case, an outside ‘thunderbox’.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read everything you can get your hands on, and never stop learning. When you read from the best, you too will improve your skills – and learn from the rest the things to avoid, those that jar on your senses and upset your sensibilities. Never, ever give up your dreams, or stop trying to be the best you possibly can. Hold tightly to your self-belief and your self-esteem. Never stop treasuring your possibilities. Turn them into probabilities and then actualities. You CAN do it.
I am Christine Larsen – a wife, mother, grandmother, and writer. I have been – a Secretary, a Lifeline telephone counsellor, a Community Careworker – and a farmer throughout each of these. Now I am a born-again writer after countless rejections of my children’s stories over three decades ago. In those financially stretched years, I was too busy raising kids, milking cows and farming, to continue to believe in myself as a wordsmith. I tucked my works away on a back shelf to gather much dust. Perhaps it was my ’empty nest’ syndrome that found me embracing a variety of crafting pursuits before having another ‘go’ at writing. Success came with recognition by Squidoo and Ezine Articles that my words were acceptable, praiseworthy… and in fact awards followed. Armed with renewed positive feelings about my potential, I embarked upon an e-book self-publishing learning curve with Amazon’s Kindle. This first series of children’s books is the result.
This fifth book in the ‘Small Folk Tales’ developed its own life following the making of a ‘memory’ book for my grand-daughter sometime ago to celebrate her holidays on our farm. Reading to her and with her was such a feature of our time together over her growing years; I wanted to share our pleasure and our achievements. I hope to inspire others to treasure their work, because children of all ages need their self-esteem stroked and boosted, perhaps even more today than ever.