😊 Bluebells And Bonnets! πŸ˜Š

I bet you’ve been wondering what the Whimsy Wood folk have been up to over the Easter holidays? Well, along with the annual Easter egg hunt that always starts and ends at The Woodland Store, there’s been a spectacular Easter bonnet parade, which was held in the bluebell patch by Mrs Bramble’s burrow!

Below, you will see the bluebell archway that was the entrance to Whimsy Wood’s Easter bonnet parade! There are bluebells dotted throughout Whimsy Wood at this time of year, but they seem to grow in abundance in this spot by Mrs Bramble’s burrow! I’m guessing it’s something to do with all the carrot peelings that she digs back into the ground around her burrow?!

Are you ready for the Bluebell Bonnet Parade in Whimsy Wood this May?!
The Entrance To Whimsy Wood’s Easter Bonnet Parade!

There was such an amazing array of beautifully decorated hats, that Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow struggled to pick a winner for the ‘Best Bonnet’ competition. In the end, she chose Winona Wren’s violet-themed extravaganza of a hat! This creation was so big, that Winona couldn’t fly with it on her head! Instead she had to instruct a team of ants to carry it along to the Easter bonnet parade for her!

So that’s got you up to speed with what’s been happening in Whimsy Wood. As for me, well, I’ll be off visiting another primary school this week. Burbage Primary School in Wiltshire, have invited me to visit their key-stage 1 children on Thursday April the 14th. This is part of their new topic for this term, titled ‘What’s At The Bottom Of My Garden?’ I’m really looking forward to meeting them all and I’ll let you know how this author visit goes. 😊 http://www.burbageprimary.org.uk/wilts/primary/burbage

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

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πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‚ Birthday Blog! πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰

Hi there! It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m rather excited! We’re off for a day and night of birthday glamping fun in Herefordshire! There’s a bell tent and fairy lights and everything, which all sounds like wonderful whimsicalness to me! πŸ˜ƒ

Now I love birthdays! Not just my own of course, but everything to do with birthdays. So on my special day, I like to give my 3 children a present too. This year, I stumbled across the ‘Storytime’ magazine and this looked perfect to me for my 3 bookworm babies! The magazine’s website had an offer on to subscribe for 3 months for Β£9.99. This monthly magazine is currently the UK’s only story magazine for children and it’s stacked full of delightful stories and poetry. There’s also beautiful illustrations, games and activities for children to do.

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If you’re familiar with my blog, then you’ll know that I’m a children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series for 5-8 year olds. Not only was the Storytime magazine brilliant for my 3 children (Olivia aged 7yrs, Poppy aged 5yrs and Monty aged 2yrs), but I also found it full of inspiration for my own creativity and imagination. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š If you’re keen to check this marvellous magazine out, then please click on this link for more information. http://www.storytimemagazine.com

On the subjects of ‘giving’ and ‘stories’, you may be intrigued to learn that we’re currently running a competition to win signed copies of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, book 1 from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. This competition is on the Whimsy Wood Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you’d like to enter, please click on one of these links! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl or https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

Front cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle', book 1 in The Whimsy Wood Series

Finally, I had a rather fabulous early birthday present this week. This was a wonderful review of my latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ book, titled ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ and it’s the 7th instalment from my children’s series. If you’d like to check out this review, then please click on this link. πŸ˜‰ Thank you. 😊 http://www.4under4madness.co.uk/?p=402&subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes'

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical rest of the week!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

Sarah Hill

Half-way house!

Would you believe that we are almost half-way through 2015 already!?! Crazy I know, but true. During this week, there has of course been the annual D-day celebrations, but did you know that 100 years ago, the 1st publication of Beatrix Potter’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ story occurred? Not only that, but during this week back in 1934, ‘Donald Duck’ made his 1st appearance! Whilst in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. What an amazing gift that became.

To add to these exciting past events and bringing us back to the here-and-now, the new Children’s Laureate was announced this week. Malorie Blackman’s term as the previous children’s laureate has come to a close and instead, Chris Riddell will be taking on this prestigious role.

Closer to home, in our own wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, flyers have been distributed for the launch of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’. Journalists have been notified of this pending event at The White Horse Book Shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, on Saturday June the 27th, from 2.30pm. Fabulous posters advertising the launch, designed specifically for this shop’s window, have arrived. All in all, I think we’re set for a toptastic event! 😊

On a more creative note, I had an awesome author visit to Knebworth Primary School in Hertfordshire this week! I was invited to spend half the day with their KS1 children. We created woodland characters, designed woodland maps and I read ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ to them during their assembly! Apart from my own 3 children, they were the 1st children to hear this latest instalment from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I’m pretty sure they thoroughly enjoyed it! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

Signing my 'Whimsy Wood' children's books at Knebworth Primary 😊
Signing my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books at Knebworth Primary 😊

 

Reading 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes' to the KS1 children at Knebworth Primary 😊
Reading ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ to the KS1 children at Knebworth Primary 😊

Not only that, but we can happily announce a competition to win signed copies of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ on the fabulous ‘mummascribbles’ website! Thank you heaps Lisa in advance for running this 😊 To be in with a chance to win, simply click on this link below:- Β http://mummascribbles.com/competitions/giveaway-whimsy-wood-book-7-posie-pixie-the-pancakes/

I do believe that’s all there is to mention this week in the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, so I shall bid you a wonderfully whimsical weekend 😊

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series.

Igniting Imaginations!

So, it’s been a jolly busy week already in my wee world of writing! I mentioned in last week’s post, that my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books and I had been invited to Ilminster E-ACT Academy in Bristol, as part of their ‘book week’. Well my all-day author visit to this smashing school was on Monday and it was fantastic! I had so much fun with their 260 pupils and they were a joy to spend time with. The theme for my visit was ‘Imagination’ (my all-time favourite word!) and I used several quotes from inspiring people, to underpin this tremendous tool that we all have within our brains. One of these quotes being….”Logic can get you from A to Z, while imagination can get you everywhere…”, by Albert Einstein. Another was…”Imagination is a muscle that needs to be fed with life’s experiences and flexed from time to time…”, by Malorie Blackman.

I was asked to lead their assembly that morning, so I told the children and staff about my journey to becoming a children’s author, although I originally trained as a Vet and was in practice for 10 years before I started writing! I then read them an extract from ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, book 6 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series, which is due out on February the 28th. The rest of my morning was spent running woodland-related literacy activities with their six infant classes. One particular thing stands out in my mind here and that was regarding a lovely lad in one of their Year 1 classes. I had asked them to create their own woodland character and to use three adjectives to describe it (following a discussion of what they would see in a wood and the adjectives that I have used in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books to describe my own characters). He had drawn a brilliant bunny, given it chicken-pox, slitty eyes and yellow teeth. When it came to the ‘show and tell’ time at the end of the activity, this hilarious and rather clever young man, very proudly stood next to me at the front of the class holding up his drawing and said…”Here’s my rabbit! He’s sick (chicken-pox), evil (slitty eyes) and is dirty, because he doesn’t clean his teeth Miss!!” Β Just brilliant!! πŸ™‚

After lunch I had a ‘Q&A’ session with their school council. The children asked me some really fabulous questions on being an author and hopefully I gave them a good insight into the world of writing, publishing and marketing. I then ran a creative writing workshop with their junior children. We played some ‘warm-up’ games ranging from, ‘Let’s take a word for a walk’, to ‘Showing not telling’,Β to get their imagination ignited and their words flowing. The thoughts and ideas and then the original pieces of prose, that they created all by themselves, were fantastic. One young man said to me at the end of the workshop, “Wow Miss! I didn’t know I could do that!” His comment blew me away. I suspect the memory of that lovely lad will remain with me throughout my writing life.

The rest of the week has been busy with the usual social media promotion and connecting that is essential in this day-and-age for any author, along with sending illustration placements to the publisher (Abela Publishing) as formatting is well underway for ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’! I’ve also been completing author interview questions for two magazines (who shall remain nameless for now!) as well as preparing for a reading of ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ this Tuesday on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio in America! Thank goodness it’s nearly Friday!!

On a lighter and more whimsical note, the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk have been having heaps of fun in the snow that fell during their recent snowstorm! ‘Skittle Spider’ has been enjoying a spot of downhill skiing, whilst ‘Sonny Shrew’ has adapted his awesome skateboarding skills and mastered the amazing art of snowboarding! ‘Mr Bilberry the blackbird’, proud postman to the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk, has somehow managed to keep postal deliveries going during this particularly testing cold snap. While ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’, who runs ‘The Woodland Store’, has kept her shop open so the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk have been able to grab their essential chestnut crumpets and snowberry juice!

Well, I’d best say goodbye and get on writing book 15 in the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series, as it’s not going to write itself! I’ll leave you with a beautiful image of the blue birds in ‘Whimsy Wood’ during the recent snowstorm and a few links that may be of interest to you. Wishing you all a rather early (it’s nearly here!) yet whimsical weekend πŸ™‚

Sarah Hill

Some bold and brave blue birds during Whimsy Wood's snowstorm !
Some bold and brave blue birds during Whimsy Wood’s snowstorm !
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