After years of faithful service, Lola the mechanical digger is abandoned by her owner. Very lonely, she is visited by a succession of forest creatures, none of which is able to stay long enough to become her friend. Then she meets David, another lost soul. David is a lonely little boy whose passion is tinkering with mechanical devices. David’s father bought the quarry where Lola sits and suggests that the digger be cleaned up and painted. The village children decide to help and turn the quarry into their playground. Lola and David now have many new friends and will not be lonely again.
This children’s story will delight readers time and again as children learn about friendship.
The detailed illustrations of the mechanical digger and the beautiful, realistic paintings of the wild animals will appeal to all readers.
THE WISE OLD BOAR
Sure to become a children’s classic, the tale is all about Bruno, known to the other creatures of the forest as The Wise Old Boar, because they always seek his counsel whenever they have problems. But in fact, Bruno is actually very stupid. His advice is so silly that when it doesn’t work, the animals blame themselves for failure.
One day a dangerous storm approaches. The animals panic and flee to a cave. Bruno also tries to climb into the cave, but gets stuck. Quite by accident, Bruno saves everyone when he blocks the cave entrance, keeping out the flood waters. Instead of praising Bruno for his wisdom, he is now appreciated for his heroism.
The lovely illustrations are inspired by the landscapes around Margaret's mountain home in Granada, Southern Spain.
THE ADVENTURE OF PRINCESS THE PONY
This beautifully illustrated book is about a miniature Shetland foal which yearns for a playmate. One day, she manages to escape from the corral where she is stabled with her mother and sets off on a mission to find a friend. She has various encounters with other horses, as well as lambs, goats, donkeys and mules. Because she is so small, all the horses she attempts to befriend regard her with contempt, and the other animals want nothing to do with her.
During the course of her adventure, Princess leaves behind her a number of unclosed gates, including a paddock where Luther, who reigns over all the other horses, is grazing. He wanders out of the paddock and leads the horses to a river. A sudden downpour, followed by a flash flood, causes the river to swell and as the horses flee to safety, Luther’s leg is trapped in an abandoned fox’s lair. His companions try to release the leg by pushing their noses into an opening in the mound of soil, but they are all too big. At the last minute, Princess appears. She pushes her nose into the hole, and summoning all her strength, manages to free Luther’s leg.
The other horses applaud her courage and thus she becomes a heroine, with everyone wanting to be her friend.
Horse lovers will be enchanted by the fluid illustrations of the different breeds of horses which appear in the story.
The books can be purchased direct from the publishers, Amazon and other retailers. For more information visit Margaret's web site www.margaretmerry.com.
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I am an artist and writer living near a remote mountain village in Granada, Andalucia, Spain. I am currently writing and illustrating children's books three of which, The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure Of Princess The Pony have just been published.