Published: December 2017
This book is a personal celebration of the joy and strength of my husband, children and grandchildren. Life has been great, but not easy for me. By writing a set of fables and fairy tales suitable for Australian children. Especially, country kids. I hope to build a legacy for them. Stories to help them understand the world.
Format: Perfect Bound
Also available as: E-Book
Published: December 2017
A dedicated teacher since 1981, she can tick off many achievements. Some include:
Master of Education; Post Graduate Diplomas in Computing Education, Manager of Registered Training Organization;
Cert IV Workplace Training & Management, Business Management, &Tourism
IT Network Manager and Administrator;
IT implementation and staff training Manager.
In her spare time she has been Vice President and Conference Coordinator
for ECAWA, an innovative and forceful group dedicated to enhancing learning with and through digital technologies.
Deputy Principal , Head of Middle School,
Manager of Registered Training Organization
Network Systems Administrator and Manager,
Staff Change Management Manager,
Head of Business and Technology
Creative Gladstone Region Inc,. President
Curriculum Evaluator , Distance Education WA,
Chief Examiner , TEE Computing, WA
ECAWA Vice President, Secretary, Conference Convenor,
Discovery Coast Tourist and Commerce President
Artist in Residence water colour painting,
Stories about Granny Jen, where she’s traveling and other things she is up to. #grannyjen
Facebook – mostly, about things happening on the farm. @GrannyJenisMissing
Facebook, Footsteps and Footprints. Granny Jen’s local history events page.
The story is simple. Granny Jen has created a tradition of holding an Easter Egg hunt for her grandchildren. This year when Tabby and Ruby arrive Granny is missing. The story is about how the girls solve the mystery and the actions and consequences of animals on the farm.
Granny Jen lives on a small farm in central Queensland, near the Town of 1770. She is lucky enough to have all her grandchildren living just down the road – in country miles. “I have been writing Xmas books for Tabitha, Dasha, Ruby and Violet for several years. This is the first one I have published. I enjoyed the way ‘my girls’ were surprised, grateful and excited by the way the animals reacted.
“The animal that makes Ruby scream is a hero.
The bird that is a bit scary is a hero.
The normally solitary bird is a hero.
I’m not sure if the emus are heroes.
My favourite hero is a joey.”
Sisters in action
This book is about growing up, trust and family. But most of all it is about success, adventure and the value of grit and determination.
Why Kid Lit?
It resonated with me
I was surrounded with ‘kids’ for 42 weeks of each year, for 23 years, and it is hard not to see the good, the bad and the ugly of life, and how kids are affected by it.
What do kids need?
Not the right question! I avoid that question. I do ask myself, what do I know now that I wish I had understood much earlier.
How does GJiM help kids?
This is my hope … At first glance, the story looks simple and easy to comprehend, but I am hoping readers see, compare and think about individual characters, their behaviour and the impact of that behaviour on others.
I read the story to a kindergarten class, and observed how the children responded with perfect sense, and some wisdom, to the teacher’s simple, but probing questions.
“Life is a bit like this pic. You can make out most of the objects, but its hard to see the detail. Storytelling, and story reading, helps kids develop their awareness antennae so they can quickly see important details.”
Jennifer M Ryan