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Calvin The Swan

National Novel Writing Month #NaNoWriMo

Did you feel the buzz around October, many of my writer friends were prepping for the big challenge of November #NaNoWriMo I myself have not written anything for a long time but after seeing a video my nephew shared I was inspired. So I signed up.

I am working on several smaller projects rather than one big novel but you can take a peek at my progress on my profile page. Find me on the main NaNo website simply click the image below.

Calvin The Swan #YouTube Part 1

As I mentioned my newphew Scott took a couple of video’s on his mobile and he gave me permission to share them. Here is Part 1.

Scott lives in a beautiful house that looks out over a man-made lake. Whilst working from home he would each day take his exercise around the lake then head home.

He loves nature, and particularly the Mute Swans that live on the lake and rather than take bread (which I am lead to believe will not harm them) Scott purchased special swan food (pellets of mainly cracked wheat & maize with added vitamins). Well you can imagine they loved them. One particular swan was especially keen.

Unbeknownst to Scott, this cob (male swan, female is a pen) actually followed him home. Now it visits daily for breakfast or whenever he feels hungry.

Scott has named the swan Calvin. He sometimes brings his mate Barbara but she is a tad rude and often hisses at Scott. But she will still eat his food.

Images and video’s by Scott Green shared by @MissRubyHeart1

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Inspiration for a Children’s Book Series

I began the NaNoWriMo challenge on 1st November, like all the other writers. I had the idea to write about Calvin’s adventures following Scott home. Then it came to me, and I was on a roll. I wrote the first very rough draft of my new project Book 1 Calvin The Swan Prince. I simply had to begin with his birth.

I am unsure yet if this will be a picture book or a cross between a picture book and chapter book. I am still in my very early days and simply have the bare bones of the story. But I am very much enjoying writing it.

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Happy Reading

#ShareAStory ‘Double~Decker Playbus Colouring Book’

Childrens Activity Book

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Double~Decker Playbus ~ Colouring Book by Sue Wickstead

Great activity book with lots of buses to colour in, along with some great facts about the Playbus

Kids will love this, especially those who love bright double-decker buses. We are looking forward to colouring in Daisy Daydream with her beautiful nursery rhyme images on the side.

Transport fans will enjoy the facts within the pages. We are told how some Double Decker Buses were re-purposed into a special Playbus to give children a safe space to play and have fun. Hours of activities for kids and bus lovers. There is even a space at the end of the book for you to create and name your very own Playbus.

For colouring inspiration there are also lots of storybooks to read and copy the colours from. Look out for Daisy Daydream she is our favourite. All very highly recommended.

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Inside the Book

Here are a couple of pages from inside the book ‘Sparky the Dragon’ as you can see we made a start on colouring the bus.

About Sue Wickstead ~ a work of heart

I am a teacher and a children’s author..

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more, so I decided to write a fictional tale about the first bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’ came out in print in 2014. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continues with more stories written and on their way.

In my role as a Teacher I have been able to share the story with many children. I leave a copy of the first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, in each School that I visit.

The first picture book has led to further bus related stories. Each book has a bus connections as well as links to my teaching career.

Find out more on Sue’s Website Here –>> https://suewickstead.co.uk

Check out our review for Daisy Daydream –>> HERE

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‘Milk and Cookies’ Kickstarter Campaign

I just discovered this wonderful Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Milk and Cookies’ by Emma Rosen a sweet picture book that explains breastfeeding in an accessible way for small children. What a unique idea.This beautiful book informs while leaving space for families to have their own conversations. It’s not just for families who are already comfortable talking about breastfeeding, it’s for any little one with questions.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/emmarosenbooks/milk-and-cookies-1

Day 05 Advent re-visited ‘A Home for Emy’

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Day 05 ‘A Home for Emy’

Book 05 on the calendar was from Chris Turnbull a story inspired by true events ‘A Home for Emy’ with beautiful illustrations by Rebecca Sharp. We love these books about rescue dogs.

Emy has her own website where you can see the real inspiration behind the stories of both Emy and her sister. Click the image below (opens in a new tab).

Emy

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Day 03 Advent re-visited ‘The Dragon Dreamer’.

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Day 03 ‘The Dragon Dreamer’

Book 3 on the calendar is from one of our all time favourite book series about dragons and their unusual friendships. The Dragon Dreamer Series by J.S. Burke

A wounded dragon and an undersea misfit.

Bullied as a worthless dreamer, Arak flies away on a dangerous quest and crashes at sea. A fearless shapeshifter octopus heals the young dragon, and an unexpected friendship begins. Arak returns to the dragon clan, but a terrible illness strikes. Then an undersea volcano erupts, which triggers a deadly chain of events! How can two misfits save the dragons?

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About the Author

Jenny

J. S. Burke is an author, artist, chemist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. She lives in Georgia with her family and rescue pets.

It’s immense fun to write novels that blend imagination with real science and author experiences. Living on a ship far from shore, J. S. Burke traveled in a circle of blue and learned to walk with the sea.

The Dragon Dreamer series is science fantasy adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. The deadly sea storm that threatens the young dragon Arak, in The Dragon Dreamer, is one that the author survived.

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