The online community is a funny old place, I’ve been online now for a good 10 years and have used various forums for all manner of topics from Trying to conceive to camping advice to making the perfect buttercream for cakes.
Sometimes you meet and chat with people that stay in your life for a long time after even if it is reduced to snatched conversations on Facebook thanks to busy lifestyles.
I met Sula van Lelyveld online and we were part of a vibrant group of women spanning continents and enjoying all sorts of conversations as we supported each other in real life.
I always remember Sula being a bookworm with lists of books she was working her way through, it was always a joy to chat with her in South Africa as I stared out of my dull window a million miles away.
Sula has spent a great deal of time writing a book, a book for children and she was surprised at how many edits can go into 1000 words but after years of work her book is finally completed.
Her mum, Annice Whitehead is a talented artist and has completed an in-depth study of Ikebana floral art which is utterly breathtaking. Annice has drawn some beautiful images to accompany Sula’s words and I’m sure you will agree that they are stunning.
The story focuses on a dragonfly who goes by the name of Jewel, Jewel notices his friend Snuffles the warthog looking very upset and Jewel discovers that Snuffles is unhappy as there are no muddy puddles to play in. Jewel thinks immediately of the Cloud People and sets off to ask them for their help.
The Cloud People include some delightful characters that represent various forms of cloud, some are unable to help as their clouds are too high or too icy but Jewel doesn’t give up and manages to find a way to make it rain for Snuffles with the help of the Cloud People.
An excellent child’s story that also is enormously useful in helping the children understand the different cloud formations and the story of rain, something they will come across in the school curriculum at some point.
I love to read a good story to the children and I am really pleased that there is so much hidden learning in this tale too, my girls are learning something new without even realising it and that has to be the best way.
Our verdict: We loved it and would thoroughly recommend it. It’s currently available to download onto Kindle on Amazon for only $3.02 and it will make you smile.
Read Sula’s blog too, full of books, gardening, travel and parenting all the way from South Africa.