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It’s Great to be Small!

My newest book is out now!

Ebba

Ebba the baby elephant doesn’t like being the smallest elephant in her group. When she meets Tiny the mouse, though, Ebba realises that it’s not how big you are on the outside that matters! A beautifully illustrated story by well-known children’s book author Jane Simmons.

• Ebba the baby elephant doesn’t like being the smallest elephant in her group. When she meets Tiny the mouse, though, Ebba realises that it’s not how big you are on the outside that matters! A beautifully illustrated story by well-known children’s book author Jane Simmons.

• Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language.

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All the Ebb and Flo Books have been re-issued and are now available.

All the Ebb and Flo books are available again……………….Things couldn’t be better.

Ebb and flo and the new friend Ebb and Flo and the baby seal Ebb and Flo and the greedy gulls Ebb and Flo and the sea monster

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Henry’s Favourite Friend

Henry’s Favorite Friend is the first book I have written and illustrated specifically for emerging readers. It uses up to 50 different words, repeated so the reader can learn to recognise words and begin to read with confidence. Henry and his favorite friend Sam do similar things but in very different ways!

Here are some illustrations from the book.

     

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Ship’s Cat Doris

 

 

 

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This is my latest book, Ship’s Cat Doris. It is all about a cat’s struggle to find his feet amongst the hectic life on a boat. He faces a lot of challenges to fit in with the strange crew of the old trawler, ‘Prosperity’.

 Doris’s story is based on my own cat’s experiences. He is the main character in Ship’s Cat Doris and now is a very old and well travelled cat, having been at sea for many years.

 

 

 

 

Where I get ideas for stories and paintings

I have always used the world around me for my stories. When I wrote and painted COME ON DAISY I was living on a boat on the river Camb in Cambridgeshire. The paintings came from everything I could see out of my window and from the ducklings that swam around my boat. They were always getting lost, just like a friend’s child who nearly got lost in the market when we were walking through it.

In TOGETHER I used ideas from my two dogs that lived with me at that time, as you can see the dogs in the book are based on the real life ones.        Pip was a stray in France and still lives with us.             Daisy grew up on the boat when we first came to France.

  They were very different, but became great friends.