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Three Favourite Animal Stories : The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark; The Cat Who Wanted to go Home; The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up Paperback – 4 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; Reprint edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405220090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405220095
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did!

It did not come easily. Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book. Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further. She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new 'Read Aloud' series. After many fierce arguments between Jill and her editor (recounted with relish and indignation to her bewildered family) the book we now know as The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up, came out, soon to be followed by The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home.

The next manuscript was produced in increasing physical difficulties, and had just been accepted when the cause of the difficulties was identified - multiple sclerosis. The book was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Thereafter every book was a battle. Writing became impossible. All her research - and each book about a young animal was meticulously researched - was done by the family in response to her persistent and often unanswerable questions. Not that you could guess all this from the finished product, where her sympathy and sense of humour overrides everything. Jill used to claim that she was unique in being an author who could neither read or write.

So long as she could speak clearly, Jill loved to read her stories to the children of friends and often, in her wheelchair, to classes in local schools. Her 'eek' when reading the Owl was something to be remembered! She said that stories about young animals could go straight to the emotional needs of young children, bypassing all barriers of class or colour.

Jill died, suddenly and unexpectedly, in hospital where she had gone for respite care whilst her husband was away from home. She was 45. But anyone who has read her books knows what she was like - bubbly and caring and irrepressible.

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About the Author

Jill Tomlinson Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer.  She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured.  But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children.  So she did! Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories are much-loved and have been best-selling children’s books for nearly four decades.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sandyleo on 16 Jan. 2012
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This book has been such a hit with our 5 year old son. We all loved reading it - even when we read it for the 8th or 9th time. Each story is gentle and yet informative about which ever animal is the star of the story. It assumes that all people are nice to animals and it discusses 'growing up' in a really accessible way. Highly recommend it. She also has a nice sense of humour so we have all had a chuckle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M on 16 Sept. 2012
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Three Favourite Animal Stories, a collection of 3 tales by Jill Tomlinson has delighted our 5 year old Granddaughter.
The Owl story was already a favourite bedtime book and so to discover two more stories to equal the first and all combined in one book has been a treasure trove.
The stories are both amusing and informative, they contain some easy to read aloud phrasing, patterns and repetition.
Certain phrases make our granddaughter laugh each time she hears them.
All this helps to create a popular bedtime story book which has become a firm favourite.
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I love this stories although I bought it too soon, as my three years old cannot hold his attention on them yet (too little illustrations, too much text). But yet I can see how beautiful the language is, and the stories how a lot of warmth in them, unlike many children books you can buy nowadays. So I put it away for some months and still give it 5 stars and I enjoyed them and know that my little man will grow into them soon.
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Brilliant stories for children - I teach seven year olds and they have loved both the owl and cat stories - reading the hen now! Enough repetition for them to join it at certain points (the cat who always says 'chez-moi!') and lots of things to discuss as we go along! :)
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By Dave G on 17 Dec. 2013
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These three stories enchanted my two children on holiday as our bed time book, despite my son being 9, he still loves to cuddle up and listen to a story sometimes. These are very sweet stories and are beautifully written. my daughter , age 7, loves them.
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By Mary P Hughes on 8 Jan. 2013
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My Son's favourite childrens book was The owl who was afraid of the dark, when looking for it as a gift for my Nephew I came accross this one with the two extra stories and considered it excellent value for money, he was thrilled to receive it!
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By Eve on 8 Sept. 2013
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My 7year old daughter really enjoyed the Jill Tomlinson animal story books. The Owl who was afraid of the dark really captured her and has instilled a new found love and desire for reading.
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Bought to replace a well-read copy for my daughter. Will no doubt last yet another generation. Very efficient service, thanks.
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