Pre-School Reading Debut

This week is parent involvement week at my daughters daycare. I thought I would take the opportunity to test one of my manuscripts out on a class full of children (25 4-5 yr olds). This was a little daunting as the book doesn’t have illustrations yet and at that age, as we know kids are very visual. I was so amazed by the children’s response to my story, Our Trip into Town, and they quickly demanded another one (very flattering). It is a class with a lot of boys, so I thought a nice scary story with a shark would be a good follow on, and they sat riveted as I told the story of Alfie the very cheeky fish. Then they demanded more ūüôā so I pulled out Dancing in the Kitchen, a story about growing up, which they also really enjoyed. They still demanded more! but alas I’d only taken the three stories with me. It was so nice to see their reaction and afterwards, they were all so keen to tell me which was their favourite and what they liked best. I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to go, and can’t wait to read these stories to a wider audience!

review – Wild Fox: A True Story by Cherie Mason .GIVEAWAY!

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Giveaway: The Wild Fox: A True Story by Cherie Mason

Today’s giveaway is from Down East Books and Kid Lit Reviews. The winner will receive the new hardback publication of this award-winning story.  Enter using the Rafflecopter link at end of the review.  Entries close Saturday at midnight.  Winner announced on Sunday.  Now for the review of Wild Fox: A True Story.


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Wild Fox: A True Story

by Cherie Mason

Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen, illustrator

Down East Books

4 Stars

Book Jacket:¬† When an injured fox (crippled by a steel leghold trap) hobbled into Cherie Mason‚Äôs yard one morning, it was the start of a special and unusual relationship.¬† The young fox had every reason to fears humans, yet was won over by Cherie‚Äôs persistent gentleness‚ÄĒand the tidbits from her kitchen.¬† For half a year he was a regular visitor and became something of a celebrity‚Ķ

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“It’s so evocat…A wonderful quote from Linda Motram on my story Our Trip into Town

“It’s so evocative ‚Ķ for me that story brought back images from my childhood and is wonderful, so wonderful”Linda Motram, ABC Radio

A short excerpt:

First we saw a man looking neat in his suit,

except he had chewing gum stuck to his boot.


Next was a lady looking ever so smart,

but I’m sure in her hair she had a piece of jam tart.