😊 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.

πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ˜ƒ A Wonderfully Whimsical Week! πŸ˜ƒβœ¨πŸ’«

Where does the time go? Another week has flown by in a blink of an eye and in the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, we’ve managed to cram a fair bit in!

First of all, I’m thrilled to say that I actually won a competition this week! Yes, little old me, who rarely wins anything! I entered a competition on Twitter to win a 3 month book prescription service with ‘Warm Vellum Books’ you see and low behold, I won it! The lovely folk at ‘Warm Vellum Books’ sent me a questionnaire to fill in, so they knew my interests, likes and dislikes. Then using this information, they sent me a suitable brand new reading book along with a very old Penguin classic book.

With my love of all things written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, they sent me ‘The Gates’ by John Connolly and ‘Room At The Top’ by John Braine. This later book dates back to 1959 and is in mint condition! Well, I was delighted and I can’t wait to receive next month’s’ exciting package in the post! Incidentally, these fabulous books come wrapped in brown paper and green twine. It really is a wonderful service and something I’d highly recommend for any book lover out there. πŸ˜‰ If this is of interest to you, then please click on this link for further information. 😊 http://www.warmvellumbookshop.co.uk/pages/about-us

My perfect 'prescription' books from 'Warm Vellum Books' πŸ˜ƒ
My perfect ‘prescription’ books from ‘Warm Vellum Books’ πŸ˜ƒ

Well, winning that cracking competition certainly started our week off brilliantly! On the subject of competitions, the ‘Wildlife Trusts’ (to whom we donate 10% of all ‘Whimsy Wood’ book sales) are currently running a competition on their children’s e-newsletter, ‘Wildlife Watch’. This is to win signed copies of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, the seventh book in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. So if you’re feeling lucky and fancy entering, then please click on this link! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š Β http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/september-2015-competition

Finally, the other wonderful event that happened this week, was my author visit to Wyberton Primary School in Lincolnshire. I always feel incredibly privileged to be invited into primary schools in the UK, to spend time with the children doing literacy-related woodland activities. This week’s visit was just as joyous!

Wyberton Primary’s splendid school council showed me around their amazing outside space. They have a special ‘Story-telling’ area, a ‘Water Garden’ and a ‘Sculpture Area’, along with their busy buzzing bees that they acquired a few months ago. The plan with the bees and their hive, is for the children to learn much more about the importance of bees in the world we live in, as well as learning to care for and handle bees safely and sensibly. Finally, they plan to use their knowledge and skills of bee-keeping as an enterprise, by selling the honey that is made. What a truly splendid school! πŸ˜ƒ

Meeting Wyberton Primary's 'School Council' after my assembly to the whole school 😊
Meeting Wyberton Primary’s ‘School Council’ after my assembly to the whole school 😊

Well that’s all for now folks! I’d best away and doing something creative and whimsical with my time! Whimsical wishes to you all. πŸ˜ƒ

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

 

 

πŸ“˜πŸ“—πŸ“•πŸ˜ƒ Books, books, books! πŸ˜ƒπŸ“•πŸ“—πŸ“˜

Well the house is rather quiet today, as my oldest 2 daughters went back to school this morning (after having a fabulous summer!) and my 2 year old son is in nursery. This of course means that I should be ‘knuckling down’ to do some writing on my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series…..Hmmm….yes….that’s all very well, but having a nosy through my new bedtime read is proving to be terribly distracting!

This brilliant book in question is ‘The Shepherd’s Crown’, which is Terry Pratchett’s final discworld novel. He really is my absolute favourite author and I was rather delighted that this cracking page-turner was released on my birthday last Thursday! πŸ˜ƒ If you’re not familiar with the quirky discworld, then here’s a snippet of this splendid story to give you a taste…..

‘ Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning…..’ If that ‘flicks your switch’ so-to-speak, then here’s the link to this marvellous must-read on Amazon:-http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shepherds-Crown-Discworld-Novels/dp/0857534815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441282056&sr=1-1&keywords=the+shepherd%27s+crown

Terry Pratchett's final discworld novel, 'The Shepherd's Crown'.
Terry Pratchett’s final discworld novel, ‘The Shepherd’s Crown’.

On the subject of books, I was delighted to learn that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, my 6th and 7th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, have been awarded the ‘Story Monster Approved’ medal!

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If you would like to read the press release regarding this wonderful news then please click on this link, thank you. 😊 http://www.authoramp.com/2015/09/whimsy-wood-books-67-earn-storymonsters-approval-whimsywood/

Finally, on Monday September the 7th, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ characters and I will be making our first school visit of this term. We’ve been invited to spend the day with all the pupils at Wyberton Primary in Lincolnshire. I have all sorts of whimsical fun and frolics planned for this author visit and I can’t wait!

Anyway, I really had better go and start creating book 15 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. It really won’t write itself now! πŸ˜ƒ

Whimsical wishes,

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

 

 

 

 

From Special School Visits To Fantastic Food Festivals!

As you may or may not know, we had the lovely launch of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, (the last book in the 1st set from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series), at The White Horse Book Shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire on Saturday June the 27th. You’ll be delighted to know that the publisher, Abela Publishing, are still running their spectacular special offer, for all 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ books in this 1st set, for just Β£25! Here’s the link for this awesome offer, if you missed the launch πŸ˜‰Β http://abelapublishing.com/whimsy-wood-series-set-1–7-book-special-offer_p27279552.htm

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Since then, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I have been fortunate enough to be invited to visit Nursteed Primary School ( http://www.nursteed.wilts.sch.uk ) in Devizes, Wiltshire. This author visit will be on Wednesday July the 8th and I simply can’t wait to meet all the key-stage 1 children and teachers! πŸ˜ƒ I hope they enjoy the reading of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, during their assembly and all the woodland-based literacy activities that I shall be doing with them! I wonder if there’ll be a special ‘author’s chair’?!

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We’ve also been invited to be part of Edington Farmshop’s Summer Food Festival! (Β http://edingtonfarmshop.co.uk/events ) This will be at the farm shop in Edington, Wiltshire, from midday onwards, on both Saturday July the 11th and Sunday July the 12th. There’ll be plenty of activities, crafts and stalls for all the family, along with an array of food, drink and music to entertain you!

'Mrs Scarlet the squirrel' and 'Posie Pixie' in Whimsy Wood's 'Woodland Store' 😊
‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ and ‘Posie Pixie’ in Whimsy Wood’s ‘Woodland Store’ 😊

‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ and ‘Posie Pixie’ are particularly excited about this event, as they want to see if the farm shop is anything like Whimsy Wood’s wonderful ‘Woodland Store’! If you haven’t been to Edington Farmshop before, then come along to this fantastic food festival and grab yourself a signed copy of one of my award-winning ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books from our ‘Whimsy Wood’ stall! Hope to see you there πŸ˜ƒ

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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.

A Very Vibrant Visit Ahead!

Well, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I, will be off on our first school visit of 2015, this coming Monday! Needless to say, I’m itching with anticipation and beyond excited, as I love doing author visits! Seeing children’s imaginations engage as you read them a story you have created, is such a joy to behold πŸ™‚

The school I’m going to see is Ilminster E-ACT Academy in Bristol. They have asked me to lead their morning assembly and then I shall be taking 30-minute creative and literacy lessons with their 5 infant classes. After lunch, their school council will be asking me questions on being an author and then I shall run a creative writing workshop with 30 of their junior pupils. Finally, we shall end the day with book signings of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series in their school library!

The aims of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series are to engage children more with nature and to ignite their imaginations. These will also be two of my aims of my school visit on Monday, along with increasing the children’s passion for reading. During the morning assembly that I’ll be leading on Monday, I’ll read an extract from book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, to the children. This book will be launched on Saturday February the 28th at WHSmith, Trowbridge from 2.30pm. Here is its front cover!

The front cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm', book 6 in the 'Whimsy Wood' series
The front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, book 6 in the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series

I’ll end my assembly and indeed today’s post, with a fabulous quote from the current children’s laureate, Malorie Blackman :-

“Imagination is a muscle. It needs to be fed by life’s experiences and flexed from time to time.”

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

Sarah Hill πŸ™‚