✨ 📚 😊 A Whimsical Website And A Writing Competition! 😊 📚 ✨

Hello there and a happy Thursday to you all! I hope you’ve been having a wonderfully whimsical week so far and thank goodness it’s nearly Friday! My desperate need to reach the weekend, has been fuelled by the frenetic pace of this week. I honestly don’t know if I’ve been coming or going! Mostly ‘going’ I suspect though and probably ’round the twist’!

Anyway, needless to say that the wheels of ‘Whimsy Wood’ have been whirring away and at an equally hectic speed. This is because book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, is going through its formatting stage, ready for its release on March the 19th. Here’s another of Sarah Mauchline’s (our incredible illustrator) enchanting illustrations for this next Whimsy Wood book.

Poor 'Fearne Fairy' has crash landed again! 😁
Poor ‘Fearne Fairy’ has crash landed again! 😁

Along with the formatting of book 8, a wonderfully whimsical website is currently being created for my Whimsy Wood children’s series. This website will contain inside information about the series and background information on all the Whimsy Wood characters. There will be regular children’s competitions and woodland-related craft ideas, along with Whimsy Wood’s own little online shop. I am really excited about Whimsy Wood’s website and I hope you like it when it’s completed. 😊

In other Whimsy Wood news, I’m delighted to share with you information regarding a children’s writing competition! This is being run by The Little Hen House in Devizes, Wiltshire. If you’re not familiar with this super shop, I can tell you that The Little Hen House stocks charming children’s clothes for ages 0-8 years old.

They opened their children’s writing competition on January the 23rd, (National Handwriting Day) and the deadline for entries is February the 23rd. So if you were looking for a half-term activity for your children, then this could be a splendid suggestion. 😊

In the afternoon of Saturday March the 12th, I shall be giving out the prizes to the wonderful winners of this writing competition. This prize-giving event will be held in The Little Hen House and there’ll be a treasure hunt, colouring-in station and a Whimsy Wood book reading. For further information regarding this competition, please contact The Little Hen House directly. Thank you.

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Well, that’s all from me for today. Time is pressing and my ‘to-do’ list isn’t getting any shorter!

With whimsical wishes,

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

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🎁😊🎁 It’s All About Giving 🎁😊🎁

This morning was my daughters’ school harvest festival in our local village church. We live in Wiltshire, in the wee hamlet of Seend Cleeve (which happens to have 2 pubs, so for a small place it certainly has its priorities right!) The church in question, where this seasonal service was held, is in the spectacular village of Seend. The Church Of The Holy Cross (for this is its name) is a truly beautiful and historic church, tucked away down a quiet lane.

Inside the church this morning was a large table, filled with food donations from all the school children and their families, as part of the harvest service. This food will go to the local food bank and the splendid service itself, reminded me of the importance of giving to everyone and everything around us.

With this in mind and the thought of food and what traditionally used to be taken to harvest festivals years ago – I distinctly remember taking courgettes, marrows and a rather large pumpkin, to my own school harvest festival many moons ago! I thought I’d share with you a vegetable poem, that is one of my children’s favourites!

Where Broccoli Comes From – by Michael Rosen

Not many people know                                                                     that broccoli grows in the armpits                                                      of very big green men                                                                      who live in the forest                                                                         and brave broccoli cutters                                                                  go deep into the forests                                                                    and they creep up on the                                                                   very big green men.

They wait for the                                                                               very big green men                                                                              to fall asleep                                                                                     and the broccoli cutters                                                                      get out their                                                                                     great big broccoli razors                                                                   and they shave the armpits                                                                  of the very big green men.

And that’s where broccoli comes from.                                             Not many people know that.                                                             Just thought I’d let you know. 😃

With the same ‘giving’ theme and after numerous requests of hard back versions of my 1st 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, Abela Publishing (who have published my books to date) are indeed releasing hard back copies! Here is the front cover of the proof copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, in its hard back form’:-

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You can now order a copy of this hard back version of my 1st ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, directly from the publishers:-

http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htm

If the front cover hasn’t tempted you, then please check out its back cover! 😃

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Finally, on the subject of giving, I decided to donate copies of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ (books 5, 6 and 7 respectively in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series) to our local libraries this week. They already had copies of my 1st 4 ‘Whimsy Wood’ books, so it only seemed right to donate the rest of this 1st whimsical children’s set. 😊

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Donating copies of my 5th, 6th and 7th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books to Wiltshire Libraries 😊

Well, that’s me done on here for this week, so I’ll bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical day! 😉

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 £25! Here’s the link for this awesome offer, if you missed the launch 😉 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! 😃 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! ( 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 😃

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