The Wooing of Pomona – An Autumn Story

The Wooing of Pomona – An Autumn Story

  The Keeper-of-All-the-Orchards-in-the-World, a shape-shifting lover, and an abundance of beautiful autumn fruit.   THE WOOING OF POMONA – An Autumn Story –   ONCE upon a time, in the happy days of old, Vertumnus, Keeper-of-All-the-Orchards-in-the-World, […]

In the Bleak Midwinter – A Christmas Carol by Christina Rossetti

In the Bleak Midwinter – A Christmas Carol by Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional and children’s poems – best known for her works Goblin Market, Remember, and the Christmas carol, In the Bleak Midwinter. In honour of her birthday, we’d […]

Sunshine Stories – A Summer Reading List

Sunshine Stories – A Summer Reading List

This Summer Reading List is packed full of tales ready to whisk you far far away – even if you’re only in your garden. Whether you’re going away or not, these lovely books are the perfect […]

A Spring Reading List – Best Books to Read for Spring 2020

A Spring Reading List – Best Books to Read for Spring 2020

After what seems like the longest winter ever, the sun is shining, and Spring is finally upon us! We’ve sorted a Spring Reading List full of books inspired by flowers, new releases to get stuck into, […]

Sing a Song of Pancakes – A Poem for Pancake Day

Sing a Song of Pancakes – A Poem for Pancake Day

SING A SONG OF PANCAKES Sing a song of pancakes, Sizzling in the pan; One for Jack and Alice, One for me and Ann. Jack has tossed his pancake, Aren’t we having fun? Ann is watching […]

Mother Holle – A Grimm Fairy Tale

Mother Holle – A Grimm Fairy Tale

The story of two daughters, a bloody spindle, and an enchanted land at the bottom of a well.   Mother Holle – A Grimm Fairy Tale –  ONCE upon a time there was a widow who […]

Old Frost and Young Frost – A Lithuanian Fairy Tale

Old Frost and Young Frost – A Lithuanian Fairy Tale

A wintry tale of youthful arrogance, a frozen Lord, and a lesson learnt through hard work.   Old Frost and Young Frost   – A Lithuanian Fairy Tale –    Once there lived Old Father Frost, and […]

How Johnny Cricket Saw Santa Claus – A Christmas Story

How Johnny Cricket Saw Santa Claus – A Christmas Story

A curious cricket, a face all fringed with snow-white whiskers, and a surprise stocking.     This text was taken from: Friendly Fairies – Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle   How Johnny Cricket Saw Santa Claus A Christmas […]

Why the Sea is Salt – A Norse Tale

Why the Sea is Salt – A Norse Tale

A Christmas trip to Hell, a quern that grinds all kinds of things, and a skipper who made too much salt.     This text was taken from: True and Untrue and Other Norse Tales – […]

Festive Reads – Pook’s Picks from our Christmas Classics Collection

Festive Reads – Pook’s Picks from our Christmas Classics Collection

Christmas is a time for getting together with those you love and telling stories. Our collection of Christmas Classics are tales that bring magic and joy into Christmas, for both young and old, for years to […]

The Girl Who Danced With The Fairies – An Irish Halloween Tale

The Girl Who Danced With The Fairies – An Irish Halloween Tale

The prettiest girl in all Ireland, a great fire and the most deliciously tempting music. Halloween, otherwise known as ‘All Hallows Eve’ is a celebration that takes place annually on the 31st of October. It is […]

The Last Bee of Summer – An Autumn Story

The Last Bee of Summer – An Autumn Story

A story of the changing seasons, a mournful peacock butterfly, and a hard-working bee whose end is very near.   This story was taken from Dewdrops from Fairyland – Illustrated by A. Duncan Carse.     […]