Encouragement for our young children.

Sadly we find ourselves once again in a lockdown situation. Difficult for everyone I agree. However, lets put a positive spin on this, if only to maintain our sanity.

Are we in agreement that fresh air is beneficial?

Are we in agreement that physical activity in the fresh air is not only beneficial for our body but also our mental health.

Education is said to be the key to success. However, education does not necessarily mean formal education. Yes of course this is important and a large part of our children’s lives. But education begins in the home and outside of the home.

Recently this was once again made clear to me, when I took my regular daily walk around countryside local to my family.

We are fortunate to live in an area known as The Dukeries in the northwest of Nottinghamshire encompassing some of the county’s finest former Ducal estates. In addition to stately homes and vast Parkland, we have ancient woodland.

It is a perfect opportunity to show and tell young children about the wonders of nature. There is surely something of interest for all age ranges. The youngest of children can’t fail to be thrilled to see a squirrel running up a tree or eating seeds from a strategically placed feeding station. Woodland floors and tree canopy can be an opportunity to discuss with older children about the cycle of nature, photosynthesis and ecological impact of humans.

This is an opportunity to educate, away from school. A field trip of sorts.

Just before the recent lockdown, my husband and I visited Clumber Park where to my delight I saw some very interesting posters for young children encouraging and stimulating their imagination while exploring the wonderful outdoors.

Book review by LoopyLouLaura.com


4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging children’s book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020

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Morning Mystery is a warm and gentle book for young children. The hens on the allotment wake up one wintry morning to discover a strange sound on the roof and try to figure out what is going on.
Each hen has a distinct colour on their head to help identify them and this is shown on the first pages. I like that the story is based on the author’s observations of her own hens and their various personalities. The illustrations are quite realistic but the use of colour and personality clearly set out the different characters.
The story has more text than most picture books and the simple language will give emerging readers confidence to tackle longer length books. My children enjoyed reading this together. Zach aged 4 can already read but is growing in competence and fluency.
The plot is simple but allows children to feel that ‘aha’ moment when they realise what the mystery is and then wait for the hens to learn the truth as well. I think it is clever that children can use their knowledge of the world to make sense of the mystery themselves. The illustrations clearly show the plot developments and I believe the natural style encourages children to get engaged with the events.
Morning Mystery was an enjoyable introduction to the hens and I look forward to seeing what adventures they have next…

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year to followers of Coop Chaos from Alyson and Dereck.

Daisy, Lily, Rose, Buttercup, Bluebell and Poppy also are sending cheeps, chirps and fluffing up their feathers to welcome in the New Year.

They have been having lots of fun and adventures and plan to share more of these with you over the coming year.

Watch this space.

Book Review by Short Books And Scribes.

A big thank you to Nicola ‘ Short Books And Scribes for reviewing Coop Chaos: Morning Mystery.

You can read the full review on her blog and also on Amazon.


Below is a short extract of the full review.

4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and likeable story

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020 Coop Chaos: Morning Mystery is a fun idea and lovely to read to or with children. I read it with my six-year-old son and he really enjoyed it.

Christmas Wish List.

Rise and shine on Christmas morning to read to your children and grandchildren a fun-filled story of the delightful hens from Coop – Chaos. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=coop+chaos&i=dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

It was wonderful to see my book recommended for the 0 -5-year-olds in the December issue of The Mansfield and Ashfield News Journal. https://uk.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=E211GB0G0&p=mansfield+and+ashfield+news+journal

What made it even more special was to see it along side the great children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

Hello and Welcome.

Hello and welcome to my blog post the first of many I hope to share with my followers.

If you haven’t already guessed about my inspiration for writing Coop Chaos, then allow me to enlighten you.

Ten years ago, after a lifetime of longing for the opportunity to raise my own chickens, my brother David and I formed an awesome Coop Chaos team.  He had an allotment close to where we both lived. Having just retired he built the coop and I purchased the hens. We decided on a breed known as Warren hens and purchased ten from a local breeder. They were at an age when they would soon start to lay eggs.

Each morning before work, I went to check on the hens, clean the coop, provide fresh food and water and of course, collect the eggs. David spent a lot of time at the allotment, so was around often to enjoy the hens. He put them away safely in the coop every evening. Weekends was for the real good clean out of the coop and the fetching of hay and food. During these times I got to know the hens with their distinguishing features and their quirky behaviour.

One morning when I arrived at the allotment there was quite a commotion going on in the large fenced off compound which we used for the hens to roam around in.

To my astonishment, there was two large white Suffolk breed hens squabbling, feathers flying everywhere.

It appeared that someone had decided to abandon them with us, hoping we would provide a good home. Which of course we did.

Eventually one of them became the namesake of my husband’s own personal retirement project. On his retirement, we bought a canal boat and named it Speckled Hen.

Take a look at the image on the side of our boat, it was hand-painted from a photograph of our adopted Suffolk hen.

Book Review by Whispering Stories

A big thank you to, ‘Whispering Stories‘ blog for reviewing Coop Chaos: Morning Mystery.

You can read the full review on her blog and also on Amazon, but here is a small snippet of the review:

“The book is a whole lot of fun and includes wonderful artwork that is bright and colourful. I love that the hens were both humorous and emotional. I also loved them trying to work out what the cold white stuff falling from the sky was.”

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