Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Welcome... happy tidings :)

Welcome to the world Royal baby boy!  A new prince for us all although hopefully the news channels will let us know what else is going on in the world too!  I personally love hearing all about it but others certainly are getting a little fed up from what I've heard. 

So what will they call the little fella?  As a future monarch the happy couple will have to choose very carefully indeed.  As a parent I recall the list of potential names my husband and I had as we awaited the births of our girls.  We struggled with boy's names so it worked out well we had girls! 

Whatever he is named I truly hope he has opportunity to enjoy a relatively normal childhood.  And you never know he may become a Larry the Liger fan!

It is a week of welcomes.  The school summer holidays have begun and my time will be filled with entertaining two lively, five and two year old, girls!  It's hard to believe my eldest daughter has completed her Foundation year at school and it's been very welcoming how she has progressed.

We have also managed to keep the sunshine in England so another welcome especially when you look at previous summer weather!  Some days it's been a whole 10 degrees warmer than last year.

My final welcome is to the latest Larry the Liger story: The Rainy Night.  This story was published on 22nd July so shares the same birthday as the new prince! 

I have wanted to write this for a while and started it when I first saw the terrible Central European floods back in June.  Scenes of big cats, sedated and being moved to safety were amazing.  The zoo staff worked through the night to move as many animals as they could.  It wasn't the first time Prague Zoo had flooded and I'm sure the rescue operation was meticulously pre-planned on the back of the previous awful flood.

The River Vltava, Czech Republic broke its banks in June and a State of Emergency was declared.  The largest animals of the zoo took priority and were moved, however some smaller animals sadly perished in the floods.  As an animal lover I found the news stories very moving and was glad so many animals were saved.

In Larry the Liger - the Rainy Night, Larry finds himself in a precarious position at his home with the zookeeper and the zookeeper's wife.  They have raced off to assist the evacuation of the animals in the main part of the zoo leaving Larry alone.  The zookeeper attempts to make the house as waterproof as possible but the flood waters find a way in... 

Larry and Chloe the cat set off in search of higher ground and to help the small creatures and animals of the wood.  It is a perilous journey and we learn how animals cope in such heavy rains.  We also learn how important it is to help one another in times of crisis.

This is the eighth story in the Larry the Liger series and I truly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Welcome to our new, future monarch; school holidays, hopefully with more sunshine; Larry the Liger - the Rainy Night; and good riddance to the yucky flood water.  And remember happy reading makes happy children :)

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