Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time...
in a sparkly green pond
there lived a small frog

who dreamed of becoming a children's author

being magically transported to the CYA Conference
where many children's authors and illustrators
gathered together each year.

One day the frog ventured forth,
hopping from one lily pad to another
until she met a kind Queen.

The Queen of children's literature,
 called Sheryl Gwyther,
spoke about the frog's endeavours to be published
and her first book
'Pond Magic'.

and about the frog's abilities to wave placards
 and speak out for the rights of all frogs
 to write Australian children's books.

The frog smiled and held up her book for all to see.
She was speechless.

But then she remembered her notes...

and thanked Sheryl, her editors at Penguin Australia, her husband, children and parents, her friends and all the writers and illustrators present, especially those from the KWD Secret Society (who know who they are).

Overcome with wonder
the crowd listened
 as the frog read from her book.

And then she told the magical story
of the vineyard called 'The Arrogant Frog'
and the French 'Sparkling' Lily Pad Pink
from the Languedoc region of France.

Not only was the sparkling French (Ooh, la la!)
explained the frog, drawing the raffle,
but the main character of her book Pond Magic
 is called Lily Padd
the French exchange student who comes to stay with Lily
is from the Languedoc region of France.

The frog presented the winner of the French 'Sparkling'.
Merci beaucoup!

and the winner of the
mini manicure
salon for little girls (Pond Magic's sponsor).

and then the Queen and the frog celebrated together
the frog's transformation
from aspiring tadpole writer
to the Princess Children's Author.

And the frog lived happily ever after.

(The photos above with white borders are courtesy of Lynn Priestley)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Angela on your new book and your fabulous launch.

So glad I could be a part of it.


Charmaine Clancy said...

Your pics look great of your launch. I enjoyed it very much and thought the young lass with the lollies was adorable!
My blog today is... well you :-)

Angela Sunde. said...

Thank you,Dee. I was thrilled you could be there too. :))

Angela Sunde. said...

Charmaine!! I am honoured by the blogpost you have written about me. Matilda's reaction to Pond Magic has touched my heart. That is exactly my hope - to inspire children to dream.

You know, I'd never met the little girl with the lollies before. I just handed her the plate and away she went.

Keep in touch

Catriona Hoy said...

Looks wonderful, congratulations.

cheers, catriona

Angela Sunde. said...

Thanks, Catriona. Lovely of you to stop by!

Sheryl Gwyther said...

haha, first time I've been called the Queen! And me a Republican at that. :P Congratulations, again, Angela - it's easy to see how chuffed you are! XS

Angela Sunde. said...

Hee hee, I was waiting for you to read about your recent royal status. Thanks again! x