Our favourite children’s authors

One of our favourite children’s authors is Molly Brett (1902–1990) was an English illustrator and children’s author, best known for her anthropomorphic artwork. Molly (Mary Elizabeth) Brett grew up in Surrey, Great Britain, surrounded by animals and nature. Her mother, Mary Gould Brett, was a respected animal painter who encouraged her daughter to paint from life, and this is reflected in Molly’s gift for making her animals look thoroughly naturalistic while giving them human characteristics and activities. And like Beatrix Potter, her artwork also reflects her great observational powers in depicting nature, especially notable in the illustration below.

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Molly began her art training with a correspondence course in illustration, followed by formal instruction at Press Art School and the Guildford Art School. It was at Guildford that she met Margaret Tarrant (also destined to attain substantial fame as an illustrator), who soon became a close friend and lived with her in Cornwall. She began her career by illustrating “weekly papers” for children. One of her earliest commissions was to illustrate stories by Enid Blyton. Inspired by this, she went on to write and illustrate 21 books of her own for the Medici Society of London, with whom she was associated for sixty years. Medici has published over 500 of her paintings as postcards and greeting cards.

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Molly Brett’s work has enchanted generations of children with its beautifully drawn details, subtle colours and magical atmosphere. Her work follows in the tradition of other twentieth-century “dressed animal” illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, Margaret Tempest, Racey Helps, and others.

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Books include: Good‑night Time Tales, The Jumble Bears, The Forgotten Bear, A surprise for Dumpy, Tom Tit moves house.

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Free Breakfast Role Play Set

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This activity role play set is perfect for parents, childminders, and school! Get creative with this printable breakfast set for hours of imaginative play.
Files are PDF, just click on the image below.

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What’s So Good About Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is not just about making sure workers get a decent wage; it’s so much more than that. It’s a different business model which tackles the unfairness of conventional trade, which marginalizes producers that are poorer, making them unable to earn enough to support their families. A fair trade model will enable workers to improve their lives, educate their children and live a happier life. Fair trade also supports human rights and gives workers the right to work in a decent and safe environment, without being forced to work long hours.
Our Fair trade dolls and soft toys are made in Sri Lanka by age old traditional methods of hand looming and dyed with environmentally friendly dyes. All parts of the cotton plant is recycled and everything is locally made. The artisan and workers all live and work in their own villages, therefore they can stay close to their families.

 

Nautical Activity Cards

Ahoy there! Here’s a free nautical activity that any wannabe sailor/pirate worthy of their sea legs would just love to play. Can be used as a matching or memory game. Just click on the image and download the PDF file.

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Here are some sea faring words to get you going while you play!

Ahoy there! – Hello
Avast – Stay still and listen
Aye aye –  Yes, okay
Booty – Treasure
Grog – A drink, can mean a glass of juice or milk!
Landlubber – A “land-lover”, someone unused to ship-life
Me Hearty – A trusted friend or well-loved child
Pieces of Eight – Silver divided into eight pieces to use as change
Shiver me Timbers – An exclamation of shock or surprise
Swashbuckling – A fun adventure
Walk the Plank – Captured sailors walk the plank into the sea