The Magic Ball of String by Chelsea Hardi
Three beautiful princesses set out to explore the kingdom, looking for adventure. When they become separated from their father, and cross paths with a hungry bear, they become lost in the midst of a dark forest. The eldest princess is determined to find a way home, and the King is determined to find his daughters.
And with the help of a man with a brave and kind heart, the grateful gesture of a tiny hedgehog, and a magic ball of string, everyone may just find what they truly seek...
Charmingly told in Chelsea's distinctive voice, with beautiful illustrations by Olya Badulina, this is a picture book that children and their families will cherish.
About the Author
Six-year-old Chelsea was born to tell stories and narrates them to her mother, Irina, before going to sleep every night. She has always been in love with Russian fairytales which comforted her during a period she recently spent in hospital in Moscow. Chelsea's message to the world is that kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give - to family, friends and strangers. She also exemplifies girls doing it for themselves in a complex world where every child is valued. Join Chelsea as she sets out on a magic journey to discover how a tiny hedgehog and a ball of string might help her find happiness and fulfilment.
About the Illustrator
Olya Badulina is an international illustrator living in Finland with her family. Olya's art is featured in many delightful children's books around the globe. Olya draws inspiration from everything around her - whether it's the animals she finds walking through the forest or fairy stories going back over the centuries. She embraced the Chelsea story and has loved capturing every nuance in it.
In Good Company by Sophie Hansen
Country hospitality, deliciously do-able recipes, and simple ideas for bringing people together.
Ask anyone to tell you about the most memorable meal of their life and they won't give you a chronological playback of what they ate; they'll tell you about how that meal made them feel.
Whether it's a last-minute dinner with neighbors, a family feast or a casual summer picnic, Sophie Hansen has done the thinking for you and designed menus featuring 120 recipes that are simple, tasty and perfect for sharing. She also includes ideas for creating a memorable atmosphere for any gathering, large or small, plus advice on how to embrace shortcuts to take the pressure off, so you can focus on enjoying the good times rather than stressing in the kitchen.
In Good Company is filled with all the recipes and inspiration you need to encourage you to throw open your doors and invite people in, because there's never been a better time to bring people together.
About the Author
Sophie lives with her family on a farm just outside Orange in country New South Wales. She trained in print journalism at the University of Canberra and has over 20 years experience as a features writer. She has been blogging at -lovely.com since 2013 and now teaches social media and content marketing to producers and small businesses via My Open Kitchen (podcast, e-course and workshops). With her first book with Murdoch Books, A Basket By The Door, Sophie continues to build her wonderful community of home cooks, brimming with friendship and kindness.