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[ 8th Nov 2013 ]

" My children really enjoyed the Colonel and Osbert. The humor in the description of the plan to solve Osberts problem is wonderful and the illustrations really bring the story to life. "

Tanya Hewat

[ 11th Dec 2010 ]

" I took a copy of 'The Colonel and Fin' with CD to my two nieces aged 7 and 4. Since then, the older one has been listening to the CD constantly. She already has the first two books and enjoyed them but the latest book has totally revived her interest to the point that she has become almost obsessed. In a good way! She has spent the weekend dressing up as Fin - red tights, hoodie and a red top as a tail. And she has now made a mask, all by herself, and paws. The Colonel and his friends have really captured her imagination. She has certainly become a big fan! "

Avila Murray

[ 25th Feb 2010 ]

" The first two books in Christine Findlay's The Colonel's Collection have been a huge hit with my seven-year-old granddaughter who dearly loves a good story, and also with the second-graders I teach! All are captivated with the exciting adventures of the inhabitants of Beech Wood -- Rosie Red Squirrel, Osbert Owl, Fin the Fox, Huffie Hedgehog and the handsome pheasant Colonel who heroically comes to the rescue of Rosie with his loyal army of pheasant foot-soldiers; although on at least on one occasion he needs to be rescued himself while learning a humbling lesson on self-control and responsibility. Superbly written, the delightful characters have distinct personalities and traits. Set in the Scottish countryside, the descriptions of the Colonel's kingdom through the seasons and Louise Gow's accompanying drawings and maps are especially appealing to children, both charming and at times reminiscent of those in Wind in the Willows. At last a children's book of exciting and captivating stories in a series based on real needs and fears of animals in nature such as scarcity of food in winter, threat of invasion of non-native species, and the constant need to keep a low profile around gun-toting hunters. We eagerly await the next in the series!  "

Carol Patterson

[ 7th Mar 2009 ]

" Bought this book for my son - loves every page, especially the map of the Blair Wood! Kids will love it.  "


[ 31st Jan 2009 ]

" The Colonel is a charming tale set in the Scottish countryside that will appeal to all ages- beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. Delighted that there is more in the collection to come. "

D Judd