Camp NaNoWriMo Day 05 Part 2

Another new #WIP work in progress from Rose English if you like poetry and nature then these collections are worth checking out.

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Day 05 Camp NaNoWriMo

So I thought I would share with you part of my reason for doing the Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge. It is to create some original prose to go with the poetry I did during my NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) Challenge earlier in the year. I absolutely LOVE the cover by JC CLarke.

Butterflies & Blue Skies Front

Butterflies & Blue Skies ~ Poetry & Prose 2

Synopsis:

Collection of Poetry & Prose, a sequel to ‘Rainbows and Roses’ which is a delightful selection of whimsical short stories, along with a collection of poetry inspired by memories from childhood, the environment, together with a little bit of fun.

In this second volume I am hoping to feature some information on flowers and plants loved by Butterflies and Bees.

Many of the poems that will feature were written during the 2019 NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)

Excerpt:

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Elegy of a Butterfly

Exhausted the…

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 06 Part 2 Selkie

We love folk tales and the folk ballad that inspires this work in progress is worth checking out. The YouTube video on this blog is wonderful and the music hauntingly beautiful.

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Day 06 Camp NaNoWriMo

Today I believe fate was giving me a guiding hand because I spotted a special offer on an editing package available for September. I sent off an email and was lucky enough to bag the final spot. So now I have something to aim for.

YouTube The Grey Selkie of Sule Skerry

I also came across a wonderful YouTube video the Icicle Diversswimming with grey seals. The short film was accompanied by the most beautiful version of the old folk ballad that I have ever heard by Maz O’Connor check it out. So very inspiring I’ve been listening to it most of the day.

‘The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry’ Teaser 2

I have been toying with the idea of using the original cover for Seal Mother as the basis of this new story. Love to read your thoughts, drop me a message below. Thank…

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#RubyTubeDay 08 More Ketchup Please

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08 More Ketchup Please

More Ketchup Please!

by Adam Bestwick

 

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We give this book 4 Paws & a Lick

4 paws plus

Full Review on Goodreads

More Ketchup Please! Ruby's Tomato TaleMore Ketchup Please! Ruby’s Tomato Tale by Adam Bestwick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Loved this book written in rhyme and full of fun illustrations. When Ruby was a baby Dad was half asleep one night when he went to get a bottle of milk to feed her. Sadly he gave her a bottle of tomato ketchup instead. Now Ruby has to have tomato ketchup on EVERYTHING!

‘She glugged ketchup on her boiled egg (and even in her soup)…
Ketchup on her ice cream too…
that poured out with a gloop!’

and when she runs out she screams “I want more ketchup please!”

Before we know it the corner shop runs out, then the supermarkets and even the whole world might be running out soon too.

Do you know womeone who loves ketchup as much as Ruby?

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#RubyTubeDay 07 Emy Gets A Sister

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07 Emy Gets a Sister

Emy Gets A Sister

by Chris Turnbull Illustrated by Rebecca Sharp

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We give this book 4 Paws & a Lick

4 paws plus

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Emy Gets A SisterEmy Gets A Sister by Chris Turnbull

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutley LOVE this little book series based on true events.

Once again a bright and very beautiful children’s picture book. The stunning illustrations by Rebecca Sharp really bring the story to life. A book to share with the whole family. This is Book 2 so I would highly recommend getting Book 1 ‘A Home for Emy’ to read first.


A Home For Emy by Chris Turnbull

Both very Highly recommended

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‘Brenda is a Sheep,’ by Morag Hood.

Oh my goodness I could not resist sharing this little book review of ‘Brenda is a Sheep,’ by Morag Hood and we certainly have to grab ourselves a copy when it is released in July. Check out the full review below from Library Girl and Book Boy

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Morag is well-known for her best-selling, eye-popping picture books with wry humour and characters you could fall in love with.  It’s for this reason I squeaked in excitement when I spotted ‘Brenda’ peeking out of the Jiffy bag.

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Book Boy snaffled it first and was sniggering away to himself as he read, but it wasn’t until I read it aloud to Book Boy Jr. that I realised just why…

Brenda lives with a flock of sheep who just love her. They all want to be just like her with her pointy teeth and excellent bright orange jumper. They don’t seem to notice that Brenda doesn’t like eating grass like they do, or that her preferred games invariably involve trying (unsuccessfully) to catch them. The slightly starstruck sheep also don’t seem to notice that Brenda is very hungry and is cooking up a rather large batch of delicious mint sauce ready…

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#RubyTubeDay 06 Seal Mother

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse

by Rose English Illustrated by Hannah Ryan

One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.

Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse.

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We give this book 4 Paws & a Lick

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Amazon Reviews

Miss Maria Gibbs 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story

Format: Hardcover

William Coniston 5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Charming

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JS Reads 5.0 out of 5 stars “Seal Mother” is a beautiful, poignant story for all ages.

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“Seal Mother” by Rose English is a beautiful, poignant story told in rhyme. I love the fairy-tale feeling of the helpful mouse and the way a shell is used to communicate. Illustrations further bring this tale to life. The dance of the Selkies is one of my favorite pictures; it perfectly captures the moment.

Trapped on land, the Selkie has an overpowering need to reclaim her life in the sea, to be free, to be herself. The ending is powerful. This story spoke to me of our own need to be true to ourselves. “Seal Mother” would be an excellent read for all ages.


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This story broke my heart in that way a good book has when it stays with you. To me it was almost an allegory for man’s interference with nature and the consequences were dire. It was a beautiful story told in verse. I loved it enough I’m going to order the actual book. The Kindle version is lovely, but the illustrations need to be appreciated also. I highly recommend this book to all ages.

Happy Reading

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