"This wise, beautifully paced and illustrated fairytale is feminism at its best." The Times
"This richly illustrated, playful moral tale will delight daughters and teach all children about appreciating other people's differing talents." Junior Resources
About MARY'S PENNY Tanya writes:
One farmer, three children and an ingenious competition that will determine who should inherit the farm. Who will be able to fill the house with something that costs a mere penny? Does straw do the trick? Are feathers sufficient? Or will it take something a little more creative?
I've always loved this story so it's thrilling to see it in print. It's the kind of traditional tale that makes your skin tingle and leaves you feeling thoroughly satisfied.
Richard Holland's illustrations are stunning - warm and witty and beautiful. But watch out for that cat - he looks like he might be up to something...
* MARY'S PENNY has been awarded the designation 'A Junior Library Guild Selection' for Spring 2010 in the USA.
About THE LITTLE EGG Tanya writes:
"This book began life as a slightly longer text that started, "In a barn on a farm high on a hill, a little egg was in its nest."
It was trimmed to fit the wonderful Big Cat series and I was delighted with the result. Shoo Rayner's illustrations are just wonderful - lively and funny - and I've had lots of lovely sessions in infant classes reading this aloud to them. They anticipate what's going to happen next as the little egg goes on a strange and exciting journey, and get very excited shouting PICK! PECK! POCK! with wild enthusiasm each time the refrain comes round."