This title combines what was originally the fourth series of four stories from the 16 titles in the 1980s classic Tales from Fern Hollow series. These gently humorous 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: Spike Willowbank (hedgehog), Sigmund Swamp (toad); Pippa and Patch Bouncer (rabbits); Miss Crisp (fox); Brock Gruffy (badger); Snitch and Snatch the wicked weasels.
The map on the endpapers helps children find their way around the village and appeared in every single title in the Fern Hollow series. Children really love the map and enjoy pointing out where all their favourite Fern Hollow Characters lived and all the stories take 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. Parents who read the books with their children back in the 1980s and 1990s are now enjoying them all over again with their grandchildren. Four hardback collections incorporate all 16 of the original storybook titles and The Seasons in Fern Hollow (the forerunner to the Tales from Fern Hollow series) is now available again in a 40th Anniversary hardback edition
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 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 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 countries around the world and translated into many languages - including his retellings of 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."