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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Perfect Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617395277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617395277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Let me begin by thanking you the reader for taking this opportunity to find out more about me. Although I was born in Oakland, California, my family moved around several times when I was quite young. I have lived in Sandpoint, Idaho where my younger brother was born; I have lived in Collville, Washington where I rode my first school bus (something which I still abhor to this day); and when I was seven, my family and I moved to Willard, Ohio where I lived until adulthood.

To this day, I still live in Ohio in the small town of Shelby where I have been widowed, re-married, and have given birth to a beautiful daughter who is the light of her father's and my eyes. It was she who actually inspired me to write my book Fern Valley-A Collection of Short Stories and her father who encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming published.

The fact that I chose to write about farm animals is directly related to the fact that my childhood friend lived on a farm. It was a magical place to visit and the place where I became a big fan of chickens and gathering eggs. The characters and events in Fern Valley are loosely based on people I knew and events my brother and I experienced growing up.

I have many loves besides writing. I love to travel, I love to bird-watch, and I love to bake. I also like to craft, play board games, attend auctions, take photographs, do book reviews, flower garden, and volunteer at my daughter's school and our local library.

And if you loved Fern Valley, watch for Return To Fern Valley coming summer of 2014. As always, wishing you all Happy Reading!

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I highly recommend this book for children starting to read chapter books.
Mymcbooks
What I received was a pleasant surprise, the book has actual stories with wonderfully written characters, who use their imaginations and are very polite.
R. Shaffer
Each story contains a wonderful message to share and teaches children valuable lessons in honesty, hardwork and more.
Phyllis Marie Griggs

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judi Chesshir - Author of "My Finny Fin Fin" on June 15, 2011
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Fern Valley is a collection of stories that all kids can relate to. Children will enjoy fun stories about clubs being formed, the excitement of being part of a school play, the thrill of camping outdoors and the pleasure of building an indoor fort. There are stories with life lessons that children may have to face someday. Kids will relate to experiences such as these: finding something that doesn't belong to them and wanting to keep it; having to work for something you want, new additions to the family, and telling the truth is always the best. This would be an entertaining book for reading out loud with the family and could open up some good moral discussions. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any child's collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Shortridge on May 17, 2011
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What a darling story. I wasn't sure what my son would think when the first story opened with a tea party...but, soon after the boy stories started. Perfect for an eight year old boy who loves fishing and generally getting into trouble without ever meaning to. Stewart did a wonderful job of mixing it up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kel_H on March 11, 2011
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Fern Valley by Aileen Stewart is a great bundle of heart warming stories for children. Each story is filled with exciting details and imagination. She takes everyday situations and uses them as a tool for teaching children, from telling the truth, to helping out at home.

Kelly Hagen ~ author of Jake and Jesus
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dolores Ayotte on May 14, 2012
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"Fern Valley" by Author Aileen Stewart is a wonderful children's book chock full of short stories. Each of these stories has a message or moral woven into the story. Therefore, this book is a great teaching tool for children in the earlier grades.

The characters in these stories are a variety of farm animals which will bring the imaginations of the children reading them to life. Aileen Stewart has a great imagination herself, as she masterfully creates these short stories to not only share her gift, but to share her own morals and values as well in such a creative and effective way.

Two of my favorite ones in this collection are The Locket and The Sitter. This little gem of a book would be a welcomed addition to any school or library. It is such a delightful book, not only to be read by young children, but a book to be read to them by parents and teacher in order to further discuss the moral messages found in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tortorello on July 12, 2011
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Aileen Stewart certainly brings her animals to life in Fern Valley! Children will find themselves captivated by the talking animals and their escapades, while adults will appreciate the tried and true lessons that are taught in each story.

I'm a middle school teacher and always try to see how I can incorporate new things in my classroom. At first I thought these stories would be a little on the "young" side for my students, but as soon as I finished the first one I had teaching ideas popping in my head!

I like that there are separate short stories because I can use these as read-alouds to my students. Discussions on theme will follow and with each unique lesson a unique writing prompt.

Aileen did a great job, not just writing a book for children to enjoy but a book of timeless lessons both parents and teachers will want for themselves.

Lisa Tortorello-Author of My Hero, My Ding
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Littau VINE VOICE on June 26, 2011
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Fern Valley by Aileen Stewart is a sweet story book for children. It reminds me of "Uncle Wiggley and His Friends". The characters are loveable and cute. Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk, Kimmy, Betsy, Sammie, Edward and Alice are characters that children will adore. The lessons ingrained in the stories touch a child's heart in a non-condemning way.

Elaine Littau, author of Christian Historical/Western Fiction
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Goodhew, author on June 18, 2011
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I found Aileen's book, Fern Valley, to be a delightful collection of short tales and I am certain that it will appeal to all children, especially those who have begun reading and comprehending full paragraphs. Aileen has a way of describing things in such detail that I could actually visualize each scene and occasionally thought I could taste some of the scrumptious desserts mentioned! Each story caught and held my interest and revealed some valuable lessons learned along the way that any child would be able to relate with. The book cover was an excellent choice and the adorable illustrations really added extra dimension to each story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Burchfiel on April 25, 2011
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Fern Valley is a quaint little town with lots of possibilities for its young inhabitants. This collection of short stories by Aileen Stewart tells of the goings on of the animal children in this little community. Kimmy Curlytail the pig, Betsy Woolridge the sheep, and all their friends have stories to tell and adventures to experience here in Fern Valley.

The characters are cute and likeable. The stories are well thought out and teach moral and relationship lessons to the readers. The writing would be able to be read by most 8-10 year olds, but even younger children would enjoy having the colorful characters and exciting stories read to them. Each short story is easily used for right before bedtime.

I enjoyed my time spent in Fern Valley and encourage everyone to stop in for a cup of tea at the tea club, build a fort on a rainy day, or try to figure out how to handle an accidental mistake. I especially enjoyed the story of the Locket, as so many children can relate to wanting something that someone else has.

~Kristi Burchfiel, Author of Without Regrets and The Daily Devotional Series
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