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Come and Tell Me: Be Sensible and Safe (Talking it Through) Paperback – 17 May 2002


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Happy Cat Books; New edition edition (17 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903285291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903285299
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 20.5 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, welcome to my Amazon Author Page.

I am Helen Hollick, I live in Devon, England, with my husband Ron and adult daughter Kathy and her husband, Adam.

I write historical fiction, getting to the nuts and bolts of the 'what might have really happened' story of King Arthur in my PENDRAGON'S BANNER Trilogy. There is no magic or fantasy. No Merlin, no Lancelot, knights in armour, round table or holy grail - just the story of a war lord who has to fight hard for his kingdom and even harder to keep it.
Book One - The KINGMAKING
Book Two - PENDRAGON'S BANNER
Book Three - SHADOW OF THE KING

'Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!' (Bernard Cornwell)

My Lost Kingdom Saxon Series - HAROLD THE KING (I AM THE CHOSEN KING is the US title of the same book) and its prequel,A HOLLOW CROWN (The FOREVER QUEEN is the US title of the same book) tells the story of the twilight years of Anglo Saxon England immediately before the Norman Conquest.
Stripping the Norman propaganda from what we think we know of that most famous date in English history - 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, my novels portray all the honour and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.

I am also co-scriptwriter for the UK movie 1066 which is in development.

To balance the serious books I have my SEA WITCH VOYAGES: pirate-based adventure fantasy. A fine blend of Sharpe, Hornblower and Indiana Jones all stowed in the one boat.
Voyage One - SEA WITCH
Voyage Two - PIRATE CODE
Voyage Three - BRING IT CLOSE
Voyage Four - Ripples In The Sand

"In the sexiest pirate contest, Captain Jesamiah Acorne gives Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow a run for his money" (Sharon Penman)

Charismatic and a charmer of a rogue, trouble follows Jesamiah Acorne like a ship's wake. His "girl" Tiola, is a white witch, one of the Wise Women of the Old Ones of Light. She is loyal and faithful to Jesamiah - but does he deserve her?

If you liked the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and enjoy a good sailor's yarn, then in the words of author Elizabeth Chadwick "You'll love this to pieces of eight".

And coming soon: Jesamiah Acorne's early adentures as a young pirate: The Mermaid Voyages

Browse my books and 'Lege Feliciter' (read happily)
Helen
p.s. Why not take a look at the book trailer videos opposite?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms H. M. Conner on 26 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm familiar with the previous edition of this book, and didn't think it could be improved on - but this one's even better.
This is one of the few books for children about staying safe that I'm completely comfortable with. All of the messages in it are spot on. As a family, we talk to strangers a lot. Our religion asks us to walk cheerfully across the world, speaking to that of God in everyone, and most days we try to. I think there are great dangers to any community in teaching large numbers of its children that all strangers are dangerous. My parents taught me, and I've taught my children, that most strangers are lovely people, and that sometimes you might be in a situation where you need help from someone whose name you don't know.
It's also true that many children are endangered by people whose name they know, and who know their name - and who are therefore not strangers.
The core message in this book - 'tell the grownup who's looking after you before you go with anyone, whether you know them or not' - is exactly the message I want my children to carry with them.
The story and pictures are both friendly and realistic, which adds to the book's power - the message is 'this is what real children do' not 'this is what book children do'.
Buy two copies - one for you, and one for your local infant school.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2003
Format: Paperback
What an excellent book!
It is user friendly for parents and children. It uses situations that children can relate to. Feelings of both parents and children are honest and out in the open. The book helps approach the issue of staying safe in a way that doesnt instil panic and fear in children. It does encourage caution in a positive practical way.
The questions at the back are very useful.
I know two boys of four and six years who demanded that the book be read to them, including the question answer session several times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms H. M. Conner on 26 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the few books for children about staying safe that I'm completely comfortable with. All of the messages in it are spot on.
As a family, we talk to strangers a lot. Our religion asks us to walk cheerfully across the world, speaking to that of God in everyone, and most days we try to. I think there are great dangers to any community in teaching large numbers of its children that all strangers are dangerous. My parents taught me, and I've taught my children, that most strangers are lovely people, and that sometimes you might be in a situation where you need help from someone whose name you don't know.
It's also true that many children are endangered by people whose name they know, and who know their name - and who are therefore not strangers.
The core message in this book - 'tell the grownup who's looking after you before you go with anyone, whether you know them or not' - is exactly the message I want my children to carry with them.
The story and pictures are both friendly and realistic, which adds to the book's power - the message is 'this is what real children do' not 'this is what book children do'.
There's a new edition, which I plan to buy - but I'll keep this one, too. Buy one for an infant school near you.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A customer on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
as the family name of the characters is McCann. I know it is just an unfortunate coincidence, but as my daughters are 4 and 5 and have heard about Madeleine, we all find reading this book too painful and it has been thrown away. In the light of the events of 2007, and how all the children of that age know her and her family's name, I feel that this should at least be mentionned in the selling blurb. Personally I would withdraw it and reissue it with changed character names. Otherwise the book is good and thoughtful but in the current context unuseable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Children's Safety 8 July 2000
By Kathy Hollick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My Mum (Helen Hollick) wrote this book for me when I was 4 years old - I am now 18. She wrote it because she wanted to tell me, in a way that I would remember, how to keep myself safe from being abducted or hurt by "strangers". COME AND TELL ME has a simple and straightforward message that all children can easily remember and ACT UPON should the need arise - always TELL before you GO, whether with a friend or someone you don't know, always COME AND TELL. Something like 75% of child abduction is committed by someone the child vaguely knows - i.e. a neighbour, or that nice man Mummy occasionally says hello to. It's no good saying "don't go with strangrs" young children don't actually know what the definition of a stranger is! Be safe, read COME AND TELL ME to your child, it's not only informative, but a lovely little story as well!
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