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Fern Valley Perfect Paperback – March 1, 2011
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"Shiny red bikes, tea parties, camp-outs, and birthdays! Come join the animal youth of Fern Valley as they learn from the situations in their lives." - Jolene Reader's Favorite Reviewer
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Elaine Littau, author of Christian Historical/Western Fiction
Kelly Hagen ~ author of Jake and Jesus
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.
Flashback to child hood story time.
The Bernstein Bears
Beatrix Potter's stories
The Big Burgess book of Nature Stories
I happen to own a copy of the Burgess book, it's a beautiful (and very old) hard cover with gold leaves on it.
If those were any of your favourites as a child, I'd recommend getting yourself a copy of Fern Valley. I'd recommend the paperback in this case as the formatting looks great, and it's not that much more than the kindle version. Whether you are reading it to children, or just want to remember the past, and curl up with a quick evening read, you'll definitely enjoy the book.
A while ago, I read part of Fern Valley to some kids at the market for story time. I know at least one person who is itching to know what they, and what I thought.
We only had an hour to read at the market, so I chose the first story in the book, "The Club". I'll concentrate a little more on this book since I can tell you the kids' opinions as well as my own, but it's pretty indicative of the rest of the book's style. Each story is unique, and all the characters are fun to read about and follow around the pages of the book, and the imaginary world I imagine each child creates after hearing or reading the book.
I'm taking a break for `supper' (it's 8:30pm here, and it's been a long day), but I'll be back later this evening to tell you more about the book, and The Club in general.
The kids liked the story a lot. It led to those wonderful questions that children as like "Who is your favourite? Is it Betsy? Mine's Betsy." to with the other kids had various answers, and wonderful imaginations about the Tea club, invitations and more. There's even a `tickle-trunk`. I remember some fun times with the cousins and my grandma's dress-up trunk a.k.a. the tickle trunk.
Betsy is the sweet lamb staying with relatives while her parents look for buyers for their hand-knitted sweaters, by the way.
That's really rather clever.
It turned out to be a great read at the market. We have our own wool and sweater makers, right from shearing the alpaca to knitting the shawl, or some crazy wonderful bee touque. You'll just have to come to the market to see that one.
The point is, the entire book has some really wonderful teachable moments whether it's about kindness, a moral lesson, local and fair trade goods. It's chalk full of great lessons, and one more thing that makes it an awesome piece of literature for children.
It lets their imaginations soar. If I were a kid and reading this for the first time, I'd be drawing Betsy, Roberta and Mildred all over the place.
The entire book is like that. I especially enjoyed, The Surprise, The Fort, The Visit and The Accident.
It reminded me of all the times both my granparents, my mom and my dad read to me. . . I demanded a lot of stories at story time.
Actually, it's more like story-time was ALL the time.
There's some great resource material available on Stewart's website. Talk about teachable moments and teachable resources. WOW. This book is more like an entire product package, and well worth spending the money. I love it's simplicity and honesty, and I love all the extra effort the author has put into making her book a really great product.
Aileen Stewart's website is a treasure trove of information. . . there are recipes, great links for new authors, blogging, crafting, free clip art and more. It really is a great resource, especially whether you're an author, teacher, mom, or crafter.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author.
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