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Fairies, pixies and whimsy – just my cup of children’s fiction

on 06/04/2016

Today’s guest is a special treat for me and everyone who enjoys children’s fairytales. Sarah Hill, the author of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, her 8th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, is here with some info and even a free sneak peek into the book and illustrations. Feast your eyes and share with your children!

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Sarah Hill’s Bio

Sarah Hill is a children’s author and a small animal Vet. She gained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Bristol University in 1999 and worked in practice for 10 years. At that point she had her second daughter and soon after, she decided to take a career break. She was writing her children’s series, ‘Whimsy Wood’, at home in Wiltshire (with her husband, their baby son, two daughters, two dogs, two cats and “a partridge in a pear tree”!) for a good 2 years, before her work was taken on by Abela Publishing, based in Sandhurst, UK.

There are 35 books in the Whimsy Wood children’s series for 5-8 yr olds. These are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. Each book is written specifically for a month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood, change as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within every story for the reader to find, giving it real meaning. Please note that 10% of book sales is donated to The Wildlife Trusts, UK.

Book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, was published in July 2013. Book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, was published in November 2013. Book 3, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, was published in February 2014. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, was published in May 2014. Book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, was published in October 2014. Book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, was published in February 2015. Book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, was published in June 2015 and book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, was published in March 2016.

Synopsis for ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’

Meet Fearne Fairy! She loves to sing and fly but is hopeless at landing! ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ is written for the magnificent month of March, so you’ll read about white wood anemones and yellow daffodils. You’ll also meet ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ and ‘Bertie and Beatrice Bunny’, as well as Fearne of course!

Come on this next exciting adventure in Whimsy Wood, with Fearne and the delightful woodland folk, in which sharing and teamwork play a crucial role in solving Fearne’s dilemma. As for what her dilemma actually is, well, I couldn’t possibly say! You’ll just have to read ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ to find out!

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Sneak peek:

‘ It was a beautiful, bright March morning and Spring had certainly sprung in Whimsy Wood. The dew-filled daffodils swayed in the breeze, while a choir of young chaffinches led by their singing teacher, Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow, practised their spring songs.

Down on the woodland floor there were pretty yellow primroses and white wood anemones, which sparkled and shone like little iced gems in the spring sunshine.

Now somewhere in the middle of Whimsy Wood, was a large moss-covered tree stump. If you were to crouch down next to it and listen very, very carefully, you might just about hear a rather shrill voice singing a funny little tune. ….’

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Reviews:

“This is a warm and lyrical spring tale, in which Fearne Fairy teaches some mischievous bunnies an important lesson. Whimsy Wood is a magical setting, filled with perky woodland characters.”- Sarah Hillier, County Children’s Librarian, Wiltshire, UK.

“I loved Fearne’s singing in this magical book. My new rabbit will be called Raspberry!” – Millie Westmacott, 5 years.

“A great bedtime story full of magical creatures and fluffy bunnies.” – Freya Love, 8 years.

“I love Fearne Fairy as she’s funny and friendly, clever and wise.” – Ella Evans, 6 years.

“Fearne Fairy and the Dandelion Clocks is a hot, buttered crumpet of a read; full of coziness and kindness.” – Beck Stubbs, Principal of Easton Royal Academy, Easton Royal, Pewsey, Wiltshire.

‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ on GoodReads:-

‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ on Amazon:-

Visit the home of The Whimsy Wood Series:-

The latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, direct from the publisher, Abela Publishing

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One response to “Fairies, pixies and whimsy – just my cup of children’s fiction

  1. Looks great! Fairies are always great!

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