Radio interview next Monday 14th Nov

So with my radio interview just around the corner I have been frantically writing to finish the prequel to Polly’s Piralympics. Set in 2 parts, How Polly Became a Pirate and Polly Ya Na Can Fly are both free to anyone who would like to contact me. And I will be discussing these as well as the series Polly’s Piralympics and how life lessons are reflected through the stories.

All the books in the series lean strongly towards looking at how we all have challenges of some sort – one arm, no legs, one eye, can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t count, can’t spell or can’t cook, can’t run 100m in under 10 seconds, can’t play the cello, can’t ride a bicycle, can’t see, can’t hear, have a stutter. No-one is perfect, it’s just that some challenges are more obvious than others. So they emphasis, don’t tease/ pick on or bully others because you may just find that one day they find out what you can’t do and bully you too.

So I thought I would give a few snippets from the first book How Polly Became a Pirate just to open the door on Polly’s life.

How Polly Became a Pirate

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Home – Somewhere in the Jungle

In the deepest part of Africa where gorilla’s still roamed the forests, lions roared on the plains and elephants and rhinos wandered freely between both, Polly the baby parrot lived in her home with her parents – in a nest high up in a huge tree.

She had always been the smallest chick of the brood and her brothers and sisters had already left the nest and were flying around in the surrounding trees.

“Do you think she’ll make it?”

Polly overheard her mother Precious the parrot asking her father, Phomello the parrot one day.

“Of course she will my dear.”

Her father loved Polly dearly, even though she was still only a 3 week old chick.

“Polly, is a special parrot, she may have only one eye but she’s a fighter, you wait and see.”

Polly had been born with only one eye, but that didn’t stop her chirping at the top of her voice when it came to feeding time. Her father made sure she got a little bit extra when it came to feeding his chicks. Polly’s brothers and sisters though had well, just grown faster than her, but she didn’t care. At night she would cuddle up with her parents and fall fast asleep, nestled in their downy chest feathers to keep her warm.

“You are going to be a beauty.” Precious the parrot whispered to her daughter. “The envy of the forest.”

But one day something terrible happened. Bother her parents were out foraging for food when a huge human head appeared by her nest. She knew what humans were, as all baby parrots were taught to be cautious of these monsters that walked on two legs. In fact they were called two legged destroyers in the animal world. Everywhere humans went they would destroy the forests, jungles, rivers and lakes. All the animals were wary of them. Only now and then did animals find kind ones.

Polly squawked and screeched as loudly as she could.

“HELP, HELP!”

Her parents, brothers and sisters flew at the human, pecking at his hair and arms, but he just brushed them off easily.

“I am not afraid of you pretty coloured birds. I’ll be back with my net for the rest of you later.”

Hearing that, brave little Polly the baby parrot cried to her family.

“Fly away please. Don’t let the two legged destroyer get you. One day I will find you again.”

Suddenly a large hand swept Polly the baby parrot clean out of the nest and placed her into a dark bag.

Polly was very scared, she didn’t like the dark without the protective wings of her parents to hide under. After what seemed like forever, the movement stopped and she was set down in her sack. Then nothing. Eventually Polly the baby parrot cried herself to sleep, knowing she would probably never see her parent or brothers and sisters ever again.

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 Stolen

Polly the baby parrot had been stolen by evil bird catchers. They were men (the two legged destroyers,) who thought they had the right to take animals from the wild, their homes, and sell them for black money.

The baby chicks were easy prey as they still could not fly. The two legged destroyers would climb the trees and swipe them out of their nests, right under the beaks of their parents.

Polly the baby parrot’s abductor didn’t care that what he was doing was wrong. He just wanted money. It was wrong that he took the baby birds away from their families. It was wrong that he upset the balance of Nature. It was wrong that he sold them when they were not his, but a gift to the world.

Polly the baby parrot lay terrified in the rough sack. When she woke, she thought she could hear another animal crying near to her.

“Is there anyone there?” she whispered.

“Y y yes.” came back the stuttered reply from a lonely frightened lion cub. He too had been stolen away from his family and home.

“What is your name?”

“L, L, Leo.”

Polly the baby parrot couldn’t see Leo, so she didn’t know he was a lion cub and that she was supposed to be afraid of lions. Soon the two were chatting away and became friends. Then the two legged destroyer returned.

He pulled Polly the baby parrot out of the bag and set her in a cage with some food in it.

“Don’t want you starving to death before I can sell you now do we.” laughed the evil two legged destroyer as he turned his back on the cage and left the hut where he was keeping the baby animals.

Leo the lion cub was in a cage next to her. Polly the baby parrot suddenly became afraid when she saw him.

“P, p, please don’t be afraid.” stuttered Leo. “I w, w, won’t hurt you.”

“Where are your parents Leo? Where do you come from? How did the two legged destroyer catch you?”

Polly the baby parrot was full of questions. But before Leo the lion cub could answer the two legged destroyer returned with even more two legged destroyers. Each carried wriggling sacks.

 

RADIO INTERVIEW 14TH NOV. TUNE IN

Ok so I remember discussing that I was a little bit famous – appeared in Clamour magazine. Well now I’m a little bit more famous. I have a Radio interview on the 14th November with Radio Eden AM1368 at 12.30. I shall be talking about my book Polly’s Paralympics and its companion book, How Polly Became a Parrot.

bullying-posterThese are part of a series of books Polly’s Paralympics (Paralympics for Pirates.) They look at how it is not cool to cheat, what happens to Catseye and Rook when they are caught cheating by the other pirates? Why is it wrong to bully someone? There should be zero tolerance for teasing, picking on or bullying anywhere. Captain Hake has a zero tolerance for bullying on board his ship, hear how mad he gets when he finds Polly the parrot being bullied.

We all have challenges, it’s just that some are, well, more obvious than others one eye, one arm, no legs. Others are a bit harder to spot, a stutter, blindness, deafness. The last group is the hardest of all and the one we pretty well all fall in to – can’t dance, can’t sing, can’t spell, can’t ride a bicycle, can’t cook, can’t run 100m in under 10 seconds, can’t speak 10 languages. there are things we all cannot do, that make life hard. So you shouldn’t tease, pick on or bully other, or one day they might just find out your challenge and bully you too. Bullying isn’t cool.

Find out how much fun the pirates have in their own Paralympics for Pirates, as they compete in the climb the rigging gymnastics, walk the plank diving, 3 legged race and Masterchef competition plus more. Pirates like their readers can, no matter their individual challenge. To be a pirates is to succeed. Disability does not mean inability.

So listen out on the 14th, or better still order your copy of Polly’s Paralympics and its companion book, How Polly Became a Parrot by contacting me on janspicssa@gmail.com

How Polly Became a Pirate

If you would like a FREE copy of How Polly Became a Pirate, please contact me.

polly-can-she-flyPolly the baby parrot is the smallest egg of the batch. When she hatches she has only one eye, but that makes no difference as her parrot parents love her dearly. Polly lives in a nest in the jungle with her parents. One day they go off to forage for food when something terrible happens. A two legged destroyer peers into the nest…

What will happen to Polly the baby parrot? How does she become a Pirate parrot?

This book is 1/2 parts of the prologue to Polly’s Piralympics.

Email me at janspicssa@gmail.com for a free copy.

#disabilities, #piratesbooksforkids, #kidsbookswithcharacterswhoarephysicallychallenged

 

A visit to Bennies to deliver a new book for their library

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I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs Mackinnon, head of St Benedict’s Junior Prep yesterday to deliver a copy of Polly’s Piralympics for their library.

As we entered the library I was greeted by a wonderful bunch of Bennies boys. The grade three’s were asked by Mrs Mackinnon, who wanted to read the new book first.

I was overwhelmed as every hand shot up. In fact one of the boys was even reading a previous book I had given to the school and was keen to show me The Magic  Vuvuzela.

It is always so rewarding to visit St Benedict’s, the boys love to read and use the library every week, where they swap their books regularly. Their enthusiasm for reading and writing their own books is a credit to the encouragement they receive from a vibrant atmosphere of good solid learning and values, from passionate teachers.

I can’t wait to visit again, hopefully in the New Year when Polly’s Eskimo Piralympics will be completed and another of Polly’s adventures with the pirates will fly into their library.

 

#StBenedicts, #pirates, #paralympics, #schoollibrary

The first 100. Delivering the first copy of Polly’s Piralympics to St Benedict’s Junior Prep this morning.

Oh yes, so the moment finally arrived. I collected the first 100 books from Leith my broker yesterday. Feels strange actually having them in my hands. WOW and that special ‘New book smell.’ love it, love it, love it.

So I am off to St Benedict’s Junior Prep, in Bedfordview Johannesburg this morning to deliver the first book to their library. I have a special affinity with Bennies as I have visited there before and given talks to the boys on ‘Being an Author.’

St Benedict’s gives wonderful encouragement to it’s pupils to write, be creative and use their imaginations, so it seems fitting that they should receive this copy first of Polly’s Piralympics. They still believe in good old fashioned reading and have an extensive library that the boys regularly use. I hope they will enjoy my donation adding one more book for growing minds to read and enjoy.

Polly’s Piralympics – Polly the parrot comes up with the idea of sharing their last bounty of prosthetic arms, blades and racing wheelchairs. Polly’s captain, Captain Hake then challenges the other pirates to a Piralympic Games, (Paralympics for Pirates.

With 18thcentury galleons, swords, walking the plank, gold doubloons, 21st century technology, sonar, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, prosthetic limbs, blades and racing wheelchairs, put it all together and you have the Pirate Piralympic Games.

Read how the multicultural fleet of pirates, vuvuzela playing Zulus; kilted, bagpipe playing Scots; cowboy guitar playing Americans; tattooed Maoris; yellow turbaned Indian and Abba singing Viking pirates, all compete for Captain Kingklip’s locker of GOLD doubloons.

The Games include a 3 legged race, walk the plank diving competition, catapult shooting, climb the rigging gymnastics, fencing, and a Pirate Masterchef competition, plus many more. Through these the pirates learn comradeship, what happens to cheats and why bullying isn’t cool.

#StBenedict’s, #Bullyingisntcool, #Pirateparalympics

Countdown to getting my books

I am super excited. the count down to receiving my first order of books is ticking.

I can’t believe that it is all coming together finally. with the launch at Skoobs set for the 28th January 2017, and a number of schools lined up to visit, I just can’t wait.

In the meantime I have written the intro to who and where Polly comes from available as a pdf file FREE to anyone who sends their email address with the reference:How Polly became a pirate.

The journey is nearly there

Meeting Stacey Fru

I had the pleasure of meeting the youngest author in print that I know last evening, Ms Stacey Fru aged 9 years old. Yes you did read correctly, she is 9 years old and was launching her second book Bob and the Snake.

(Stacey Fru is pictured here with the Young Miss World 2016 aged 11 yrs)stacey-fru

Brimming with self confidence this young lady is a brilliant roll model to all children worldwide.

She is articulate, funny, confident, patient and what’s more  encouraging to all other young people .

I wish her all the success with her writing career and look forward to following the life path of this young lady, as she obviously has very far to go.

Good luck with your next book Stacey and keep on writing young lady.

 

For you FREE copy of HOW POLLY BECAME A PIRATE contact me janspicssa@gmail.com

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