Book: Sherford's Lost Valley-Bertrum's Story by Dee H. Dodgsoncategories: Book, Bears, Survival, Friendship, Fun, Adventure, Courage, Life, Environment, Travelling, Fear, Children's Fantasy Book
Dee H. Dodgsonabout this book: Faced with certain death, a species of tiny, wild bears called Dinkers must flee the small wood they've lived in for generations and find another home before it's too late.
Though no bigger than a rabbit, they can talk, and seek the help of a human child. Bertrum, a young cub, is the one sent to find her. Thus their adventures begin and in this first book the Dinkers start on an adventure they will talk about for generations.
• What inspired you to write this book?
Inspired by events taking place to build a new town across the Sherford Valley, and our home, the idea of these tiny bears living in the woods at the bottom of our garden came to mind; there will be a lot of wild life destroyed when the town begins!
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
The stories are suitable for 7-10yr olds, but have been enjoyed being read to by younger children.
• How long did it take to write it?
This first book took me two years to write; I had a lot to learn about books for children and re-wrote it a few times! My editor taught me so much, for which I'll always be grateful.She taught me how to make each character more rounded and you'll find lots of different personalities emerging. I had to get back into the mind of a child and write for them and not from an adult point of view.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I did some of the illustrations for Bertrum's story including the cover picture. It's of Bertrum standing by the gate leading to the woods. I have written and illustrated three more books which complete the series, although each book stands alone.
• How did you come up with the title?
The title relates to the loss of the Sherford Valley, as it will be gone once the town is completed.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
I believe children should be encouraged to read as much as possible and helping them to develop their imagination is a vital part of growing up to be a healthy, productive adult. These books will also help them to learn about friendship, loyalty, courage and coping with hardship; there's always a way out!
We are also in the early stages of development for a children's animated TV series based on the books.
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