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Alive Again opens the door to understanding loss in any form

By Lindsey Jones* Just last year after my second year of college, I lost my mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  There were so many initial thoughts that went through my mind regarding the situation, many of them being experiences I would never have with her or that she would never be able to see.  I could no longer have Downton Abbey or Sherlock marathons with her over Cadbury Eggs and English Breakfast Tea.  I no longer had my best…

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Make any story MINE!

By Pippa Goodhart* I’ve just had the lovely experience of doing a storytelling session at the Petfringe festival in West Sussex.  I was sharing two Tiny Owl stories, The Clever Mouse and A Bottle of Happiness, with a small group of children, and their intent faces as they listened were a joy.  Because they were reacting so much to the stories events and emotions, it encouraged me to ‘up’ the expressiveness with which I read,…

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Alive Again: a thought-provoking book

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Margaret Pemberton for Armadillo Magazine:    This simple but very effective book follows a young boy’s thoughts as he contemplates the cycle of nature and whether words die.  The thoughts are about simple things such as ‘blossom’, ‘wheat’ and ‘journey’, but they start the reader thinking about the meaning of words and about how personal experience can affect our understanding. This is a charming and thought-provoking book which…

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Video: Tiny Owl and Pippa Goodhart at Greenwich Book Festival 2017

Tiny Owl joined the fun at Greenwich Book Festival 2017, in the majestic setting of the Royal Observatory, for an event with the author of A Bottle of Happiness, Pippa Goodhart! Pippa read her book to a packed room full of children and parents. The children then suggested what they might put in a bottle of happiness, and made their own to take home! Here you can see a film of this wonderful event. See…

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A book about learning to fly and leaving the nest…

Read a wonderful review of A Bird Like Himself by Diana Barnes for Armadillo Magazine:  This picture book starts with a little bird hatching out of an egg, with a tiny ambulance driving away, but no parent, and the assorted animals around it attempting to look after the little bird.  He has a swing on the coils of a snake, and fox writes numbers on his teeth to help him learn.  (A suspension of disbelief…

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