There’s nothing quite like settling down with a good book, you can easily get lost in the pages and, before you know it, an hour or two has passed, but what book was it that first captured your imagination and turned you into the reader you are today?
We asked Elaine (who loves a good book ) what book was it that she read or had read to her as a child that encouraged her to read? Without a moments hesitation she answered “it has to be Chicken Licken”, I remember my old schoolteacher reading a few pages to us (if we had behaved) every week and the whole class couldn’t wait for the next installment, my favourite character was always Foxy Loxy.
As I got older I moved on to Elinor M. Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School series and read as many as I could get my parents to buy for me.
There are some wonderful books out there that children will love to read over and over again and many new and exciting authors appearing.”
UndertheChristmasTree was fortunate to receive copies of the first five Whimsy Wood books written by Sarah Hill and we asked Elaine what she thought of them; this is what she had to say:
“Just looking at the books would make a child want to read these books, the illustrations on the fron cover entice you to open the book to read what’s happening in the illustration.
Posie Pixie Books by Sarah Hill are available from Amazon
These books have a 5-8 age on them which I would probably agree with, I like the clarity of the text too and the fact that they’re not filled with words they wouldn’t know.
Throughout the series we get to know Posie Pixie and all the friends she meets within Whimsy Wood. The illustrations throughout will carry young readers along with the story and finding the hidden proverb hidden within the story gives each book another dimension.I think children will love following Posie Pixie on her adventures and as each book links the stories and characters from previous books they’ll certainly find it as difficult as I did as a child to wait for the next installment from their favourite characters. As each story ends kids will love finding part of a map of Whimsy Wood which can be cut out, these will become more complete as they read more of the stories”
These books would make a great Christmas present or why not drop one of them into some lucky child’s Christmas stocking?
What book from your childhood stands out in your mind? Do get in touch below and tell us – we’d love to know!