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Testimonials

Praise for Introducing The Colonel

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

Craig

Praise for Introducing The Colonel

" 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

Praise for Introducing The Colonel

" This is an exciting and engrossing tale for children, with a gentle lesson quietly implied. The Scottish setting is beautifully realised both in the text and the richly coloured illustrations. A delightful introduction to a new series of animal stories which will have children demanding more. "

Dr Ann Swinfen

Praise for Introducing The Colonel

" When you are 'Introduced to The Colonel' you will step into a superbly crafted and beautifully illustrated tale. It's a classic with an up to the minute twist epitomised on pages 14 and 15! "

S. E. Alexander

Praise for The Colonel and Rosie

" 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

Praise for The Colonel and Rosie

" Another heart-warming and funny tale, The Colonel and Rosie will charm children and adults with both words and pictures. The detailed end-paper maps also help bring the animals' home to life, while the plight of our native red squirrels is underscored by Rosie's danger. "

Dr Ann Swinfen

Praise for The Colonel and Fin

" 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

Praise for The Colonel and Fin

" I am looking forward to reading the new short story in The Colonel's Collection with my 5 year old grandson. Osbert the owl is sure to be a great success with the amusing storyline of dressing and behaving like a punk. The illustrations bring all the characters to life and, with a deft touch, create a wonderful atmosphere as a backdrop to the action. The perfect size for a bedtime read! "

Meg Luckins

Praise for The Colonel and Osbert

" 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

Praise for The Colonel and Osbert

" Once again Christine Findlay takes us on a delightful woodland adventure amongst the creatures who inhabit the Colonel's kingdom in a Scottish glen. The disruption to Osbert the Owl's life needs a radical solution, but the solution proves even worse than the problem. It's up to the Colonel to save the day. As in the earlier books in the series, Louise Gow's charming illustrations enhance the story. The Colonel series is sure to be loved by children and parents alike. "

Dr Ann Swinfen

Praise for The Colonel and Huffy

" Our friends from the Colonel's Kingdom are back, but now Huffy the Hedgehog is casting gloom over a bright new summer's day. Transported unwillingly from the East End of Glasgow to this rural paradise, Huffy is determined to wallow in her misery. The kind-hearted Colonel and his friends try every way they can think of to cheer her up, but it is shy Donny who finds the answer. Wittily written and charmingly illustrated, The Colonel and Huffy is a worthy addition to this lovely series, popular with children and adults alike."

Ann Swinfen

Praise for The Colonel and Huffy

" Welcome to the Colonel's kingdom for another heart-warming story. This time Huffy the Hedgehog is down in the dumps and the other animals are determined to cheer her up. Huffy is new to the area and her Glasgow voice comes through loud and clear with phrases like "This here hedgehog didna come up the Clyde on a beech leaf" and "Can you no just let a buddy wallow in her misery?" But her gloominess can't stand up to her new friends' kindly efforts, and the ending is sure to bring a smile. Lovely illustrations - especially the maps - add to the fun."

Joan Lennon