The Jersey 12 Days of Christmas giveaway

 

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Dear readers,

Christmas is almost upon us and therefore it is that time of year when I can promote my little children’s picture book called The Jersey 12 Days of Christmas.

I am giving away a free copy to Jersey residents only. All you have to do is comment below and wish me Happy Christmas in Jersey French or Jerriais! 🙂

Colouring in is very fashionable at the moment and very meditative, so why not escape the mad Christmas shopping season with a bit of theraputic colouring in. Go to this post for all the printables and a clue to the giveaway answer: http://ramonadavey.com/?p=535

Should you already have the paperback book, there is an ebook version with sounds for ipads here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/jersey-12-days-christmas/id583229130?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Should you want to buy a copy you can go to the Jersey gift shop website: http://www.rococojersey.co.uk/ourshop/prod_5517757-The-Jersey-12-Days-of-Christmas.html

 

 

#illo52weeks – November’s illustrations

Wow! One month to go till the end of the year. How fast did that go? I nearly didn’t participate this year but I am so glad I persevered. Here are November’s illustrations:

Week 44: Scandinavian

Funnily enough my Christmas decorations have a Scandinavian theme this year.

Week 44- Scandanavian copy

 

Week 45: Peace

Peace is much needed at the moment as the house is filled with builders all working hard on the second stage of our house renovations.

Week 45- peace 2

Week 46: Endangered

One of many animals that need to be protected.

Week 46 Endangered

 

Week 47: Play

I love this time of year as it gives me lots of excuses to play at dress ups. 😉

Week 47- Play

It is a busy time of year. I have had the joy of meeting and welcoming new members of SCBWIAusNZ as well as attending this year’s SCBWIAusNZ Xmas party. Here I am with the lovely Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and her junior fiction series:

Me and Jodie at SCBWI Xmas party 2015

Next week I have a Christmas end of year dinner with my fabulous critique groups Picture This & Down The Rabbit Hole!

I love this time of year even though it is hectic, thanks for stopping by,

 

Ramona 🙂

PS: If you have a connection to Jersey, Channel Island and are looking for a great little gift or stocking filler don’t forget my book is available here: The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas

#illo52weeks – Week 44: Yarn

Each week I have no idea what kind of illustration I am going to do – each result is a total surprise to me. I thought yarn was going to be impossible and then an idea came from out of nowhere, like they do with my writing.

Here is this weeks theme:

Week: 44 Yarn

Week 44: Yarn

My house moving is complete and I am slowly finding all my art resources again. With this illustration I started off with a quick pencil sketch. I turned it around and looked at its reflection in the mirror (to check it wasn’t a wonky tree). Then I painted the illustration using watercolours and outlined it in Artline fine liner pen.

It’s November and signs of Christmas are springing up in the music being played in shops (already) and I attended my first Christmas function of the year. See photo below:

CBCA Christmas Dinner

I’m in the stripy dress with my fabulous friends from the writers group I belong to. Being a homemum means I have no staff doo to go to for Christmas, so I love writerly functions as a time for me to be able to socialise and get away from writing and drawing which can be a very solitary occupation. We are at this years Northern Sydney’s CBCA Xmas Dinner, where inspiring authors and illustrators like Peter Carnavas sang to us on his ukelele and Wendy Blaxland shared with us her journey for her newly launched picture book, The Christmas Rose.

 

And if I’m mentioning Christmas that means we are near the end of the year and near the end of the brilliant 52 Week Illustration Challenge that Tania McCartney founded  and that without it I wouldn’t have created half the amount of illustrations that I have achieved.

This weeks theme is: Leaves 🙂

 

PS: If you are thinking of Christmas present, than maybe my little Christmas themed picture book is the perfect gift for someone you know. The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas

Reading to an audience

It s the last day of the school term and I had the opportunity this morning to read my book The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas to my daughter’s class of year 2 children. What great fun!

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I had intended to read the words but being in rhyme I found myself singing the whole book. Apparently, I didn’t sound too bad but in my mind I could hear my voice getting more and more high pitched. Behind me is my daughter Ruby, who doubles up as my assistant and editor. As I read the paperback version, she demonstrated how to use the ebook version on an ipad which included tapping the illustrations to hear the sounds.

Here are a few things to consider when reading to an audience:

  • if you are wearing a dress, remember to keep your knees together (see photo below – cringe!)
  • you are not reading to yourself – turn the book around so the audience can see any illustrations
  • project your voice for the children that always navigate towards the back so they can hear too
  • have eye contact with your listeners
  • slow down – I tend to rush when I am nervous.
we leant on each other for support
We leant on each other for support.

Today’s class visit was my second. The first time I was invited to read a new manuscript about a Little  Blue Fairy Penguin to a class of year 1’s. This was great too, as I could watch the children’s reaction and take note of moments when their eyes glazed over with boredom or when they giggled, asked questions or started to fidget. All really useful indicators as to how engaging your story is. Thankfully, they enjoyed the story as did the lovely teacher.

This was a fab way to end the year – and what a year it has been – I have:

I look forward to next year – Merry Christmas to you and thanks for stopping by!

 

PS: Thank you to Melissa from Miss Sew & So for taking the photos.

 

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

Well here we are, with only a week to go till Christmas Eve and the last in my series of printables to colour in for my book The Jersey 12 days Of Christmas:

click this link for the final illustration:

On the twelfth day of Christmas

 

screenshot of printable

 

The pumpkin page is one of my favourites in the ebook for ipad version of  The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas. Each pumpkin has it’s own sound as you or your child taps it, lots of fun! Here is a screenshot of the page in the ebook:

 

Tap on each pumpkin to hear a different sound
Tap on each pumpkin to hear a different sound

 

Here are all the other pages just incase you missed some:

On the eleventh day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas

And to complete the colouring in book, here is the The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas front page:

Screen shot of front page

 

Thank you for popping by and please feel free to send me a photograph of your completed book. I would love to see some of your colouring in!

Merry Christmas or Bouan Noué (Jersey French)

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas

There are now only two weeks left till Christmas Eve – how are your preparations going?

To keep your little ones busy here is the next printable for them to colour in:

On the eleventh day of Christmas

screenshot of printable
screenshot of printable

 

Jersey lilies are a pretty pink flower that can be found all around the island, especially during September and October.

(Text from the Glossary section at the back of the book).

Come back next week to print out the complete set! 🙂

 

on the tenth day of christmas

We are on the countdown for Christmas with only 3 weeks to go till Christmas Eve!

So here is the next printable for my book The Jersey 12 Days Of Christnas for you to colour in:

On the tenth day of Christmas

 

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screenshot of printable

 

What’s a Jersey Wonder I hear you ask? The closest thing I can say they are similar to is a doughnut, but not covered in sugar of filled with jam. They are delicious!

‘It was once believed that if you cooked Wonders when the tide was coming in, the cooking fat would over flow the pan.’

(Text from the Glossary section at the back of my book)

Jersey has huge tides. They can come right up and over the sea walls or go out so far that the eye can’t see the edge of the water.

 

On the ninth day of christmas printable

There are 4 more weeks till Christmas Eve!

Twas the night before Xmas

And all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse

and that’s because they were all busy quietly colouring in The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas printable sheets. 🙂

 

Here is the next one:

On the ninth day of Christmas

screenshot of printable
screenshot of printable

A very tasty dish made from beans and pork. It warms your tummy on a winter’s day.

(Text from my children’s book The Jersey 12 days Of Christmas available here: My Books)

 

It is a family tradition to always have a cup of hot bean crock and a slice of buttered french baguette on Guy Fawkes Night. I promise to make a pot one day but it will never be as good as my mum’s. She is known for making the best bean crock!

Click on the following link for a Bean Crock recipe:

Bean Crock (Un Poit et des Pais au Fou)

and to read a little about the history of Bean Crock click on the next link:

Traditional Bean Crock recipe

 

On the eighth day of Christmas printable

There are 5 more weeks until Christmas. I love Christmas!

Here is the next printable to go with your homemade colouring book The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas:

On the eighth day of Christmas

screenshot of printable
screenshot of printable

 

Fact from book:

The congor eel has scaleless skin, a strong jaw and sharp teeth. They like to live in rocky places or shipwrecks.

To find out how to make Congor Eel Soup or La Soupe D’Andgulle read Tony’s Musings Blog here:

Congor Eel Soup Recipe.

 

 

On the fifth day of Christmas printable

Did you know there are ony 8 weeks left until Christmas? Have you printed off and coloured in all the previous pages to your own home-made booklet of The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas yet? If so, well done!

Here is the next illustration for you to colour in: On the fifth day of Christmas

 

screenshot of printable
screenshot of printable

Yummy langoustines – they look like large prawns but are infact small lobsters!

Click on the following links for the previous pages:

On the fourth day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas

 

You can buy a copy of my book at the following outlets in Jersey:

Rococo, Liberty Wharf, Jersey

Societe Jersiaise

The Classic Herd Farm Shop, St. Peter’s, Jersey

 

Or download the interactive book for free at itunes here:

itunes store

Please feel free to leave a review on itunes if you enjoyed the book 🙂