This children’s e-book is a celebration of antiquated words that are rarely, if ever used in the ‘oh so’ busy world of today. Sadly, many ‘babies are being thrown out with the bathwater’ in the name of Progress and amongst them are many ‘pearls’ of words in dictionaries gathering dust in almost forgotten bookshelves everywhere. Whatever your opinion, whatever your age, this is a book to amuse, entertain, and even educate in a most enjoyable way. Just wrap your tongue around a few of these twisters and check out what a mouthful they can be.
I am particularly besotted by the ‘Slubberdegullion’. Just say it out loud. Doesn’t it roll around your mouth, and force you to really move those lips? And don’t you find you maybe screw up your nose, or twist your mouth around it? Maybe you frown and try to look ferocious? But haven’t you found yourself laughing at your own antics? If you haven’t, go try it in front of a mirror. After you’ve read his story, I defy you to say ‘Sebastian the Spiv’ without looking shifty and roguish. And will you ever read about the bellygod without patting or rubbing your own stomach?
The good news is that all these strange words are listed after each rhyme with their pronunciation and meaning, plus there is a complete Glossary of the whole lot in alphabetical order, at the end of the book.
Welcome to a small excerpt from the world of the antiquated ABC. Have I whetted your appetite and tempted you to learn more? Then I have achieved my best dreams for this book.
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If your philosophy is the same as mine about ‘learning to read in order to enable reading to learn’, you will understand that this is a wonderful genre to use to entertain and quietly and subtly educate small brains. At the same time, my hope is that adults are sharing this precious time and enjoying my words, as well . In this particular book there are wonderful opportunities to share learning, knowledge, and reminiscences of days gone by.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Recognise and appreciate you are living in one of the most inspiring moments in history, with so much technology at your fingertips to enable you to self-publish and begin to build your self-esteem and reputation. Stay true to your audience and your own voice will emerge if you consciously stay true to yourself at the same time. Never stop learning and being open to criticism.
Christine is an ex-secretary, wife, mother, grandmother – and a farmer for more than 40 years, now living on and enjoying this end of her life on a retirement farm in beautiful Australia.
Decades ago, in the belief that editors’ rejections equaled no talent, she put her creations away on a back shelf to gather dust. Instead she concentrated on raising a family and meeting the various needs of farming, including successfully raising a myriad of animals, nine of which were kangaroos.
Christine has been rescuing something or someone ever since – on Lifeline telephones; adopting three ‘special needs’ children; in the community as a Careworker; animals from shelters; and from the Charity shops – abandoned small knitted folk.
Throughout these years she remained an avid reader and wannabe author, constantly ‘moodling’ about this – until, like a volcano, Christine’s creative writing skills had no choice but to erupt, and here she is – working her fingers to the bone on her computer and having the time of her life.
This is what I say in the book my Foreword –
One day I was contemplating the limitations of today’s vocabulary – seemingly shrinking all the time. And this mental meandering brought me to thoughts of so-called ‘fashionable’ words, and how many worthy words slip out of general use… some actually into oblivion. What a sad thing that many words from times gone by – wonderfully descriptive in themselves, or maybe just having a certain feel or ‘ring’ to them – had become obsolete.