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Pablo the Storytelling Bear FREE 7 April 2018

Pablo the storytelling bear is free in ebook format tomorrow, 7 April 2018, for one day only. It’s always free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and the paperback version is £5. You can download here.

Read what one reviewer thought.
5.0 out of 5 stars

It’s what sister’s do!
By Sarah Stuart on 18 March 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Bill came alive instantly with the snoring bear. Of course, he would suspect his sister of hiding to play a trick on him. It’s what sisters do! The two youngsters in my life are brother and sister, and he recognised her in Emily and read on with great glee. She started reading to object to this idea and became so hooked into the stories she forgot her motive and enjoyed them.

Schools tend to buy books with that include “lessons”: racial tolerance and equality for example – that come over as boring lectures. Pablo the Storytelling Bear’s messages that validate good manners and behaviour are subtle, and therefore effective.

The subject of endangered species is close to my heart, and I was delighted to find The Enormous Bear Rescue, which describes how they are protected even when they invade towns and represent danger, and the stories follow on with Bill asking his bear how he could help.

Many thanks to Sarah Stuart for the lovely review.

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The Children of Kindness (Children’s Story)

Esmeralda, a wizened old lady, stamped her foot and screamed.
‘I don’t want to live here. ‘It’s too dark and dingy. Build me a new house.’

Happy and Willing, her daughter and son, heard her order and looked at each other in horror. Over the years she had set them many difficult tasks but this was the hardest.

‘What a lot of work that’ll be,’ said Happy.

‘It’ll take years,’ said Willing, ‘but we must try.’

The next day they set about learning how to build a house. Happy went to the council to get permission for the new house and Willing started drawing up first plans. At the end of the day they told their mother all about what they’d done.

‘I want my new house now, not next year!’ she shouted at them.

Happy and Willing went away feeling sad but soon Happy said, ‘Don’t worry Willing, mother will be over the moon when she sees the new house.’

At this Willing smiled.

‘I’ll put in some extra big windows so she’ll have lots of light,’ he said.

The next day they told Esmeralda all they had achieved.

‘I’ve managed to get a good architect who will draw up the detailed plans,’ said Happy.

‘And I found a builder who’ll do the building,’ said Willing.

‘You’re both so slow and incompetent,’ moaned Esmeralda. ‘Why was I burdened with such dim-witted children?’

And so it went on. Every day Happy and Willing worked hard to sort out their mother’s new house and every evening she said unkind words to them, but in spite of this they carried on until the new house was ready.

‘Come mother,’ said Happy. ‘Your new house is waiting for you. It’s beautiful and has wonderful bright windows.’

‘It’s about time,’ said Esmeralda ‘I’ve waited long enough.’

She stood up and shuffled along the path to her new house. Happy and Willing were very excited. The house looked beautiful. It was bright and spacious and they had decorated it with care. Anyone would be pleased to live there but when Esmeralda saw it she didn’t smile.

‘I’ve waited all this time for this. Is this the new wonder house that you’ve both wittered on about for the last year? Why it’s cold and horrid. I hate it. The windows are so big everyone will be able to look in.’ she said.

Happy looked across at her brother. ‘Was that a tear that glistened on his cheek?’ she thought.

‘Why mother, I know just the thing that will put things right. Just wait here,’ she said.
And with that she linked arms with Willing and guided him out of the beautiful building they had created together.

‘Where are we going? asked Willing.

‘Brother we’ve done everything we can to make our Mother comfortable and content, but nothing has worked. Now it’s time to let her keep her own company for a while.’ Happy pulled an envelope from her bag, ‘We are going to travel the world with these tickets and see all the places we’ve never seen.’

Willing looked at the tickets carefully and then as all the misery they had shouldered for so long, fell away; they both smiled and ran away into the distance.

So, dear reader, if someone does you a kindness, smile and say thank you. Don’t close your heart and allow misery to reign, for the children of kindness may disappear like a raindrop in the sunshine.

Happy New Year

A very happy 2013 to everyone who pops in here from time to time. I have just updated The Green Book, which is published for free on a separate page of this blog.

It’s also available in hard copy from www.Lulu.com for £3.99. In the book there are illustrations and the formatting is different from the blog version. It will soon be available from Amazon.Brrr a

The book is suitable for primary aged children from about five to ten years old. If any young readers read the story I would love to hear from you.

A new short story for older readers will be posted next week which I hope you will enjoy.

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