Thank You!


Mungai and the Goa Constrictor book coverI would like to take a quick break from blogging about wildlife and the environment for this post and thank my fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper (The Brit), for his review of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor. I am always really thrilled and flattered when someone who follows my blog actually buys my book as well, but even more so when they take the time to say what they think about it. Thank you Kev, you’ve lightened my day.

Kev’s own website, Kev’s Stuff, can be found here.  Kev is an author and song-writer in his own right and shares much of his work on his fun blog. Drop by and say hello. I am sure he would appreciate it.

This is what Kev had to say about Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

“This is a very clever story. Amelia’s imagination and use of animals to tell a story is amazing. I loved the story from start to finish and would recommend it as a must read on any child’s kindle. Children will be mesmerized by this story as they follow how Mungai and Goa deceive the other animals into working for them and giving up their beloved forest. I don’t want to say too much that would give away the story. This is the kind of story teachers could have a ball with in their classrooms, bringing out all kinds of topics about wildlife and forestation in an interactive and exciting way. That’s my vision for it.”

Kev’s review can also be found here on Amazon

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Thank You!


Mungai and the Goa Constrictor Book CoverI would like to take a quick break from blogging about Endangered Species for a moment and thank two of my fellow bloggers for the new reviews of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, which I have just discovered on Amazon.

My thanks first go to Peter Schreiner.  I am thrilled with this wonderful review by Peter, whose own website is a huge favourite of mine.  Peter, a staunch Vegan, writes beautiful, if not very sad, poetry about the suffering of animals at the hands of man.  For anyone who has not yet discovered Peter’s blog, Crow’s Head Soup , do have a look.  Peter is quite forthright in his views, and if you are animal lover you will love his work and most certainly agree with the sentiments of his poetry.

For the second fabulous review, my thanks go to Kandy Scaramuzzo, an ardent lover and rescuer of horses.  Kandy’s site can be found here at Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo where you can learn about the incredible Pie, who is now pushing forty and still, with lots of love and care, plodding around the paddocks at home in Texas.

Both reviews can be found here on Amazon

Children’s Book of the Week: Thomas and the Lily Pond by Jane Whiteoak


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I am thrilled to introduce this week’s Children’s Book of the Week, Thomas and the Lily Pond by Jane Whiteoak. With enchanting animal characters, charming illustrations and a fast pace this enjoyable little book shows children how friendship ultimately will triumph over bullying tactics. Please read my review below.

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About the Book                                                   Thomas and the Lily Pond is a book about bullying for children ages 4-6 yrs. old. A group of animals are living very contentedly in a forest until the arrival of a large outspoken frog, named Bruno. He attempts to manipulate the group through flattery and ultimately directs his insults at a docile, hardworking Turtle named Thomas. The group follow the directive of the bullying frog due to peer pressure, ultimately getting involved in a food heist at night! Bruno’s ultimate goal is to take over the lily pond completely for himself; he is almost successful! Chaos erupts when a huge storm arrives and most of them end up fighting for their lives in the water. Thomas does not hesitate to try and save them.                                                                                                                                About the Author                                                                                                         Jane Whiteoak has worked in media and communications for over thirty years. After her son had completed University, she changed careers, went back to school and became a Montessori teacher. She has always had a great respect and love for children and had started writing books for children, in health related areas, for a Company when she first started working, years ago. Thomas and the Lily Pond is Jane’s first e-book. Martin the Christmas Mouse, will be on Amazon KDP within the next few weeks. It is her second e-book. The illustrator for Jane’s books was a former amateur and pro-boxer. Interestingly, Ray Henderson was also a professional graphic artist and did work in advertising. His father was a professional artist from Kent, England. Jane and Ray collaborate on books together; he has a unique style with  animated animal characters.

My Review of Thomas and the Lily Pond
Thomas the turtle has a life that verges on perfection.  Idyllic home, lots of good things to eat and wonderful friends. Until, that is, the arrival of Bruno; an over-sized, overbearing and overtly Machiavellian frog.
Bruno arrives unannounced at Thomas’ lily pond one day, and with much blandishment and no small amount of  intimidation, manages to draft all the other animals onto his team, with each soon vying for his attention. But sadly, he turns on Thomas, whose friends, eager to stay in Bruno’s good books, and slightly overwhelmed by him, side with Bruno against Thomas and drive him away from the pond he loves so much. Bruno’s motivation is two-fold. He not only wants the pond for himself but he also wants the little animals to do his sneaky bidding. Thomas, he declares, is too ‘pokey’ to be bothered with.
I am pleased to say, Bruno does get his comeuppance and there is a happy ending.
Aside of the well-written narrative, another notable thing about Thomas and the Lily Pond are the illustrations by artist Ray Henderson. Original, colourful and bold, they complement the story beautifully – and there are plenty of them. There are some lovely descriptions by the author of the various animals too, making it easy for children to learn about different species.
At a time when we hear so much about bullying, Jane Whiteoak’s delightful book would be a most appropriate addition to any child’s bookshelf.  But it is not only about bullying – the story is also about friendship and how doing the right thing usually wins through in the end. It is a great little book to read aloud to small children, and I can just see them all cheering in Thomas’ corner. Nobody likes a bully!
Whilst the book is perfectly suited to the age group it is aimed at, I also feel children up to ten or more will enjoy it too.
I highly recommend this book and hope to be able read more of this author’s work soon.

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GO away Thomas, let our new friend live here on his own.

Thomas and the Lily Pond - sample image - Children's Book Review on Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

They stuffed themselves so much that they could hardly move…

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Everyone returned to the peaceful life they had once known, deep inside the forest.