This hardback edition combines what were originally the first four stories from the 16 titles in the 1980s classic Tales from Fern Hollow series. These gently humourous stories are written and illustrated by English author/illustrator John Patience, with 64 pages of detailed, colourful and cheerful illustrations depicting the animal characters of the village of Fern Hollow, tucked away somewhere in the countryside of Edwardian England.
As the inhabitants of Fern Hollow go about their daily lives, there are small adventures to enjoy and little mishaps to overcome. Everyone lends a helping hand and there's always a happy ending - and usually a feast for everyone to share in celebration.
Characters in this collection include: Brock Gruffy, Sigmund Swamp, the Rusty family, Lord Trundle, Snitch and Snatch, P.C. Hoppit, Horace Hoppit, Spike Willowbank, Polly Prickles.
Brock the Balloonist Brock is not normally an adventurous sort of badger but when he finds a hot air balloon he just has to try it out. Flying high in the sky is fun at first but there is trouble ahead, trouble and lots of it!
Mr Rusty's New House One night a terrible storm hits Fern Hollow. Lightning flashes, thunder crashes and the rain comes pouring down. Mr Rusty's house is flooded and he and his family are forced to take refuge on the roof! Things look very bad for the Rusty family. What are they going to do?
Sports Day All the Fern Hollow animals are excitedly preparing for the village Sports Day - it is sure to be lots of fun. The only thing they didn't prepare for is a big black cloud and pouring rain! It looks like the Sports Day will have to be called off but Lord Trundle has a bright idea.
The Brass Band Robbery Lord Trundle decides that Fern Hollow should have its own brass band. The musical instruments are delivered and the animals begin to practise, but the troublesome weasels, Snitch and Snatch, have other ideas.
The map on the endpapers helped children find their way around the village and went on to appear in every single title in the Fern Hollow series. Children really loved the map and enjoyed pointing out where all their favourite Fern Hollow Characters lived and all the stories took place. Naturally, we have retained the map in this new collection.
These stories of animal folk have an enduring charm. A generation of people who had the Fern Hollow stories read to them as children have now grown up and are buying the books to read with their own children, nieces and nephews. Parents who shared the books with their children back in the 1980s and 1990s are now enjoying them all over again with their grandchildren. Further collections are planned to incorporate all the original titles
About the Author
John trained in typography and book design at the Harris College in Preston, Lancashire, UK and worked briefly as a designer for a couple of publishers in London, England. He then did various jobs to earn a living, whilst writing and illustrating his own children's books and trying to get published. John's first self-authored and illustrated children's book was published in 1980 - The Seasons in Fern Hollow. Since then he has had more than 100 titles published in many territories and languages - including many of the classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and others. John has written, designed and illustrated both flat books and pop-up books including doing the paper engineering.
"I read the Brass Band Robbery to my kids tonight and have been reading the bedtime book during the past week. A new generation is thoroughly enjoying your work! You really have created master pieces in each one of those books!"
Will Michael, the CT Naturalist, Connecticut, USA.
"Thank you for sharing your talent for writing and illustrating with me, a little girl from Canada who learned to love reading because of Fern Hollow. I am grateful to you for the magic those books brought, and continue to bring, to my life and to that of my children."
V.R., Tampa, Florida.
"Thank you for your marvellous Fern Hollow books. They gave my brother and I many hours of joy. I no longer have many of the books and I am looking to purchase them."