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Review: George the Orphan Crow (Children’s Book)

George the Orphan Crow is a magical story bursting with drama, suspense, love, loss and heroism – the fantastic debut children’s book from author Helen Fox

George the Orphan Crow

As a children’s book, George the Orphan Crow has it all

As a children’s book, George the Orphan Crow has it all. It is gripping, fast-paced, wonderfully imaginative and even educational. It makes you smile and laugh, but it doesn’t dodge the serious stuff. It tackles themes as deep as friendship and loyalty, death and loss, war and revenge, and love and forgiveness.

And all the way through, it is a bloomin’ good yarn.

In a way that is reminiscent of classics like Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit and Watership Down, our heroes and villains are all animals. With human-like lives and emotions, the characters come to life in a world that is our own, and yet magically different.


The Story

In their secret home of Blossom Valley, the animals have their own village with schools and a hospital, and they get together every evening to celebrate their fantastic little community, made up of all sorts of different animals, all living and working together in harmony. Continue reading

Do you read to your child every night? [10 Second Poll]

mother reading to child

Is it true that only 19% of parents read to their children every night? Help us find out!

This week, Alton Towers Resort revealed new study results showing that ‘only one in five parents are reading to their children every night before bedtime’.

REALLY?! I thought as I read this… Surely more than 1 in 5 parents read to their children every night?

They’ve described the results as staggering… and they certainly sound it. But then I started thinking… is this just another case of spinning the evidence to make an eye-catching headline?

You see, I’m sure the statement is true (from their study results) – but the reality may be a lot less shocking than it sounds.

For example… it might still be true that, say, 70% of parents read to their children 5 or 6 nights every week. In other words, most parents might still read to their children most nights, but just not EVERY night. If that was the case, the survey results would be a lot less shocking.

And also – how old are the children we are talking about? I couldn’t find that stat anywhere in the press release… And the older the child gets, the more likely they are to read their own bedtime story – or not want one from mum and dad. So if older children are included in the survey, again, the statement would be less surprising. Continue reading