Four very short stories about the everyday life of a little girl. Alexandra’s adventures include changing her name, bedtime fears and a plaster disaster.
These warm stories by Ireland’s first Children’s Laureate were originally broadcast on RTE’s The Den and are great for reading aloud to children aged 4+.
“These stories are delightful and Betera’s illustrations glow” – Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg.
This book is also available in English as Alexandra.
PRAISE FOR FIONNUALA
‘This is an utterly delightful collection of stories about the daily life of a small girl. Clearly told, the stories evoke a genuine voice and appreciation of a child’s world view. Gentle and yet full of action and humour, Alexandra brings to mind the Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes, with the economy of language and the rhythm and pace built into the stories.
The illustrations are beautiful, perfectly matching the stories’ intent with their black and white washes, containing just a hunt of red throughout that really allows them to shine. The simplicity of expression in the pictures and the writing work hand in hand to create a book that will be cherished and read again and again and again. Perfect for sharing and for new readers. I just loved it!’ –Mary Esther Judy, Inis Magazine
Siobhán Parkinson is one of Ireland\'s best-known writers for children. She has written almost thirty books, most of them for children and teenagers, for which she has won a bagful of awards and nominations, and her books have been translated into about twenty languages. She was Ireland\'s first Children\'s Laureate.She is visually impaired, which means she has to rely mainly on audiobooks for reading, and she works by using magnification software and a voice on her computer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, who is a woodturner and without her grown-up son, who is a book editor.Some recent titles by Siobhán Parkinson: Alexandra (and the Irish-language version, Fionnuala), books for young children, published in 2014 by Little Island Bruised (2011) and its companion novel Heartshaped (2013), both books for young teenagers, published by Hodder children\'s Books), both shortlisted for the CBI Children\'s Book of the Year Maitríóisce (2012), published by Cois Life, a children\'s book in Irish, winner of the CBI Honour Award for FictionShe is also editor of a book of new fairy tales by a variety of Irish children\'s writers, to be published by Frances Lincoln, and is working on a new novel for older children. She has translated several children\'s books, which have been published by Little Island.