Win A Signed Copy Of 'The Tell-Me Tree'

A simple yet powerful book to help children deal with emotions by Karen Inglis

“Hello, I am the Tell-Me Tree. Why don’t you come and sit by me…”


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Barnes children’s author Karen Inglis has a new book out which is receiving praise from both parents and teachers, and one lucky member of can win a personalised signed copy, for collection from The Barnes Bookshop.

Beautifully illustrated, this gentle picture book for ages 4-8 invites children to share how they are feeling – whether happy, proud, sad, worried, confused or anywhere in between, through conversation, drawings or writing.

Karen told PutneySW15: "The initial inspiration came three years ago from a majestic London Plane tree – one of many that stand on the green near the pond in Barnes village, close to where I live".

Karen and the inspirational tree

"I must have walked past that tree hundreds of times in the last 25 years, but on that particular evening I spotted a face and nose in its trunk – captured in the first photo on the left below – and thereafter just couldn’t get it out of my mind! From that moment I knew it would feature in one of my stories – and although I had no idea what that story might be, I was certain that the tree would be caring, wise and friendly, and that children would gravitate towards it for that reason".

Included are download links to a choice of Tell-Me Tree posters for use at home or in the classroom (including one where children can add their own friends or family beneath the tree), fun templates to help children draw their own tree, and links to resources for grown-ups if they are worried about a child.

To win a signed copy registered members must email their answer by noon on 14th September to the following question:
What kind of tree inspired Karen's book?
1) Oak Tree
2) London Plane Tree
3) Horse Chestnut Tree

The book is suitable for ages 4-8, The Tell-Me Tree helps encourage discussion of feelings and emotions with friends, family and trusted grown-ups in a natural way. As well as being available in The Barnes Bookshop, The Tell-Me Tree can be ordered from any high street bookshop or online.

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August 28, 2020

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