School, school, school!

Ok, so guess what I’m doing a lot of this week?! The clue is in the title incase you’re wondering! Yes, you’ve got it! My ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I are lucky enough to be visiting not just 1, but 2 primary schools tomorrow! Both of these schools are in the wonderfully agricultural county of Lincolnshire, where I grew up as a child – there are tulips, daffodils, sprouts and cabbages as far as the eye can see, I kid you not!!

The 1st school I’m visiting tomorrow is Swineshead St.Mary’s C of E primary school, whilst the 2nd is Sutterton Fourfields C of E primary school. During both these visits, I shall be doing book signings and reading book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’ to their key-stage 1 children (please see the link to where it is on the Abela website to the right of this page). The children and teachers will no doubt have some pretty brilliant questions to ask me and they will also be meeting some of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ characters….

Here's 'Wibble Woodlouse' and 'Posie Pixie' off on their adventures in 'Whimsy Wood'
Here’s ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ and ‘Posie Pixie’ off on their adventures in ‘Whimsy Wood’

I really can’t wait to meet them all tomorrow and neither can ‘Posie’ and ‘Wibble’! There’s something truly magical about seeing a child’s face light up as you read them a story and their imagination carries them off to a world of wonder and make-believe, while the words you’re reading wash over them like a gentle waterfall. It really is a joy and quite a priviledge. Hopefully the children and teachers will enjoy my school visits as much as I will!

This week’s blog is rather short and sweet I’m afraid, as ‘Posie Pixie’ and ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ need some help with their packing for our school adventure you see! I shall leave you with the link to a toptastic review of my 4th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’ http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/posie-pixie-and-fireworks-party-by.html  as well as a fabulous literary quote from none other than Albert Einstein ….

‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.’

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah 🙂

Ps; if you’d like to contact me regarding a school, library or similar visit, then please email me on whimsy.pixie76@gmail.com  thank you.

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What a whimsical week!

My goodness me it’s been a busy week in the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’! I’ve not had 1, not 2, but 3 schools request that my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I come visit them in the next month! On Thursday September the 25th, I shall be visiting Sutterton Fourfields C of E primary school and Swineshead St.Mary’s C of E primary school. I’ll be reading my 4th Whimsy Wood book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, to their KS1 children and we’ll be having book signings afterwards! On Tuesday October the 14th, I’ll be taking the morning assembly at Easton Royal Academy, Pewsey. I’m sure all these clever children will have some pretty brilliant questions to ask me and hopefully my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I will ignite their imaginations and create a love of nature. In preparation for these visits, Abela Publishing has now added complimentary colouring-in sheets on their website for parents, teachers and other such grown-up folk to download! Since I like sharing, please see the link below that will take you to these free (yes FREE!!) sheets!

http://abelapublishing.com/whimsy-wood-complimentary-colouring-in-sheets_p28915758.htm

Back in ‘Whimsy Wood’ itself, well it’s a constant hive of activity! ‘Humbug Hedgehog’ is busy foraging for worms, ‘Sonny Shrew’ is fiddling with a wonky wheel on his skateboard and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ is up to her black beady eyes in sparkly silver thread, as she’s taking the hem up on ‘Violet Vole’s’ skirt! ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ is ‘Whimsy Wood’s’ Scottish seamstress, incase you were wondering! Since book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, is written for this currently sunny month of September, I’ll share (I know, I really am too kind!) an extract with you from this book…..

‘Outside, the autumn sun was shining and the leaves on the woodland trees were changing from green to cherry reds and golden yellows. A choir of young chaffinches were practising their autumn songs and if you looked closely, you could just see the twitching whiskers, or disappearing tails of Mr and Mrs Dusty the dormice and their little ones.

The ivy in 'Whimsy Wood' that's currently flowering. These flowers provide nectar for wasps and other autumnal flying insects.
The ivy in ‘Whimsy Wood’ that’s currently flowering. These flowers provide nectar for wasps and other autumnal flying insects.

“It’s wonderful living here,” thought Posie to herself, as she skipped through Whimsy Wood admiring the ivy and gorse that were now in flower.’….

On that heavenly note, I shall leave you to mull over where Posie Pixie might be off to in Whimsy Wood and if you’d like to see more of this 2nd book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, please see the link below where it’s featured currently on the ‘Being Author’ website. Alternatively, you can click on the green link on the right of this page for ‘book 2 on Abela Publishing’.

http://www.beingauthor.com/2014/09/sarah-hill.html

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical Wednesday! 🙂

New Beginnings

Hello there! I’m Sarah Hill, author and creator of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series for 5-8 year olds and the young at heart! Today is the first day of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ blog. Not only that, but my youngest daughter (we are mad enough to have 3 wee tinkers aged 6 and a half, almost 5 and 14 months!) had her first day at school! So, with these new events in mind, I thought ‘New Beginnings’ would be a darn good title for today’s post!

“Yes, yes, yes. That’s all very well and lovely, but what’s going on in ‘Whimsy Wood’?” I hear you ask. Well, let me see. ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ is very busy, hustling and bustling away in The Woodland Store, as she puts away this morning’s delivery of ‘Miller Mouse’s’ flour. ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ has found a bright blue button that’s fallen to the woodland floor. She’ll be taking it back to her ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of a treasure room in her cosy burrow, with a Hop-Hop-Flippity-Flop I expect! ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ wears bright red flowery flip-flops on her fluffy feet, incase you were wondering!

As for the enchanting wood itself, well many of the woodland flowers have disappeared, now that summer is well and truly over. Although…Hang on a tick! What have I just spotted? I do believe I can see a patch of brazen foxgloves, still blooming beautifully for all of ‘Whimsy Wood’ to see! Now, if I peer a little closer, I’m sure I can see a little jingling, tinkling bluebell hat bobbing up and down…How odd! Who and what could possibly be under this hat? Why it’s none other than ‘Posie Pixie’ of course! She’s scurrying like a squirrel amongst these pink and purple foxgloves and looks rather flustered. I’d best catch up with her and see where she’s off to in such a hurry.

So without further ado, I shall wish you all a very whimsical Wednesday and promise to return next week with more Whimsy Wood fun and games! In the meantime, if you really can’t wait to find out what happens in Posie Pixie’s first adventure (this being ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’) then you can find out more by clicking on this link 😉

http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle_p27279519.htm 

foxglove

The Marvellous Candlesnuff Fungus !

“The marvellous what?” I hear you ask! Well quite! I stumbled across this incredibly interesting fungus over a year or so ago, when I was researching book 14 from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series . I often have a good old nosey through various woodland websites, to see what flora and fauna are out and about in a UK wood, for the particular month I am writing about you see. Alongside drinking copious cups of coffee and trying to look ‘terribly busy’! Anyway, book 14 is about the happenings within ‘Whimsy Wood’ for the scrumptious month of September. Once I’d discovered the charming candlesnuff fungus (xylaria hypoxylon, if we’re going to get all technical!) what else could I possibly write about, than this intriguing and fabulously named fungus?! So with my imagination ignited, I put pen to paper and before I knew it, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Candlesnuff Camp’ had been created, written and I was ‘moonwalking’ across the office floor with sheer delight and excitement!

Candlesnuff Fungus - Xylaria hypoxylon
Candlesnuff fungus growing on dead deciduous wood, which is where it’s happiest!

I mean just look at it, with its snuffed candle wick appearance! I’m starting to wonder if this was where the idea for the commonly used ‘glo-sticks’ came from! In fact, another similarity this fungus has with our party accessory, the glo-stick’, is that it’s rather rubbery and you can actually bend it without breaking it! There’s a handy fact for you to share at parties! Oh and before I go on to spill some inside information about my series, I’d better be responsible and inform you, that although this fungus is not poisonous, it is entirely inedible! Probably tastes like a ‘glo-stick’ too!!

Now, to folk who are aware of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, the appearance of a certain ‘Fearne Fairy’ will be somewhat of a surprise! This is because wee ‘Posie Pixie’ is the main character in the 1st seven books (which makes up the 1st set) in my series. Once we reach book 8 (the start of the 2nd set of seven books) ‘Posie’ and her jingling, tinkling bluebell hat, get to have a rest and lie down in a dark room from all the excitement of her adventures in ‘Whimsy Wood’! Along with ‘Fearne Fairy’, you’ll also get to meet ‘Mustard the Magpie Moth’ (Fearne’s best friend) and ‘Dr Tustle the Tawny Owl’. ‘Dr Tustle’ is of course the woodland’s resident doctor and is a rather serious, older member of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ community. He makes his 1st appearance in book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ (the last book in the 1st set and written for the month of February!) This will be released early Spring-time next year.

I fear I have given away a lot of inside secrets this week and before I share anymore, I’d best away and attempt to ‘look busy’ somewhere else! If you want to keep up to date with the latest illustrations, book launches and school visits, then pop over to the Whimsy Wood Facebook page and ‘like’ us, thank you 😉 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

Wishing you all a Whimsical Wednesday!