How to Catch a Mermaid – Rosalind Winter
3000 words General Fiction
Another story in the “Driftwood” series, set on the south coast of Cornwall. Two boys play an age-old trick on their little sister, bringing back fond memories to brighten an old woman’s final hours.
It’s a perfect summer morning, the sun dazzling on the sea and a brisk breeze making white lace of the little waves. Mrs Borlase eases herself down into her chair in the small yard of her cottage over the slipway, and winces at the stiffness of her limbs and the dull ache in her chest. Still, aches and pains are only to be expected at 85, and in an odd way they’re reassuring. If you couldn’t feel all the long, long years in your bones – why, then you’d be dead. And then you could run down to the shore again, and dance in the waves. It’s a long time since Tegan Borlase felt the cool sand beneath her bare feet and the silky water lapping her ankles.
Monkey Business – Rosalind Winter
2500 words Children 5 – 9 years
A wise old king saves his people and their beautiful tropical island home, and his clever son gets the better of some very cheeky monkeys.
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
There once was a tribe who lived on a beautiful tropical island far, far away in the warm Pacific Ocean. Some people called them primitive savages, because they could not read or write, and they had no use at all for money and they did not wear expensive clothes, or jewels or furs. But in fact they were the happiest, most contented people in all the world, because they had everything they needed and everything they wanted.
Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages
20 stories to enrich the lives of children. This book contains stories for both younger and older children. Always have a story to read at bedtime, whatever their age.
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Telling the Bees – Rosalind Winter
2200 Words General Fiction
A man comes home to his Cornish roots after many years. The past can never be recaptured, but he finds a very unexpected welcome.
The sun blazes in a cloudless Cornish sky, and a warm breeze carries the faint, sweet smell of seaweed and rock pools. Goran and Lowenna Blamey look at the For Sale sign in the garden of “Rosemullion,” Port Lemmon Cove, and touch hands briefly in nervous anticipation. This place is their dream. The front door of “Rosemullion” is opened by a large, unconvincingly blonde lady of a certain age, wearing a velour leisure suit in an assertive shade of pink. The scent of seaweed and rock pool is obliterated by a smouldering Sobranie in a long amber cigarette holder.
The Scarlet Ribbon – Rosalind Winter
2100 words Children 5 – 9
A traditional story for reading aloud to five to nine year old children, set on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. One of the Little People is caught in a trap by an unkind, selfish boy, but manages to get the better of the boy using a clever trick.
Once upon a time there was a young man called Tom, who lived with his mother and his sister in a little cottage on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Tom’s mother and his sister loved him dearly, and worked hard all the day long, spinning and weaving, washing and ironing, gardening and baking, to keep him clothed and fed. Every once in a while Tom would take a day’s work on the farm next door, but he was too idle to stick at any job for long. He found it much more to his liking to dawdle about on Bodmin Moor, where he set snares for rabbits to sell to the farmer.