Book No 1. Introducing The Colonel

The first in a series of illustrated short stories for young readers set in the heart of the Scottish Countryside. The Colonel is a handsome cock pheasant. Appointed as leader by his band of faithful followers, he presides over his Scottish 'kingdom' inhabited by many other memorable creatures such as Rosie Red Squirrel, Osbert Owl, Rackety Rook, Huffy Hedgehog and.........Fin the Fox. The Colonel may be the leader but sometimes even leaders can get into trouble!

The Colonel listened to the low rumblings coming from his tummy. There was very little food about and what there was, was frozen solid to the ground. His beak hurt from pecking at the concrete surface.

'I don't know about you, MacPherson,' he said, turning to his friend, a scrawny looking creature who certainly looked in need of a square meal, 'but I can't survive another day without food.'

An extract from 'Introducing The Colonel'


Price: £5.99

Product Details

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-0-2
Printed by Astute



Book No 2. The Colonel and Rosie

The Colonel is back and this time, Rosie Red Squirrel needs his urgent help. The enemy has broken through the lines into Beech Wood and Rosie is terrified he'll take over her home. Can The Colonel and his friends save her in time?

'Come on Rosie, what's the holdup?' demanded The Colonel, striding back to where she stood, ear tufts twitching, whiskers trembling. 'No need to worry, my girl. The Colonel's here. He'll protect you.'

But Rosie wasn't listening to The Colonel's kind words. Instead she was heading for the nearest tree trunk in a scamper of confusion.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Rosie'


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Product Details

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-1-9
Printed by Astute



Book No 3. The Colonel and Fin

The snow has come late to Beech Wood and all the animals are hungry. Fin the Fox is desperate to feed his cubs. And a desperate fox will use desperate measures. Watch out, Colonel!

Meanwhile, after a cold frustrating night, Fin the Fox had been forced to return to the den with little more than a few scraps for his family. His missus had been none too pleased.

'How am I supposed to keep up my strength on this?' she demanded, pointing to the pitifully small pile of nibbles. 'You wouldn't feed that to a mouse, never mind a vixen like me,' she snapped.

Fin's head drooped in shame as he crawled back out the cosy den and into the empty morning chill.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Fin'


Listen to an excerpt from 'The Colonel and Fin'...

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Product Details

Paperback: 28 pages with illustration and audio CD
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-2-6
Printed by Astute



Book No 4. The Colonel and Osbert

Osbert Owl is desperate. There's no sleep and no peace from other animals asking his advice. He's fed up being wise but what to do? The Colonel, of course, has a solution. But will it work?

Osbert sat high up on a branch of Grandfather Beech and sniffed quietly. He was not a happy owl. He couldn't get a minute's sleep. All day there had been a steady stream of visitors who came to ask his advice. They came because Osbert was known throughout Beech Wood and beyond as a very wise creature. But he was fed up being wise. It brought him nothing but trouble and sleepless days. He was exhausted. Something just had to be done.

From his perch, Osbert watched the sun setting over Blair Field. It spread its rosy glow along the horizon, then sank in a blaze of colour. The days were getting shorter and autumn would soon chill the air. By then he would be cold, tired and hungry. It was time to act.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Osbert'


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Product Details

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560-3-3
Printed by Astute



Book No 5. The Colonel and Huffy

Huffy is a very unhappy wee hedgehog. She's had to leave her home and friends behind to move to Beech Wood. The Colonel is determined to cheer her up but Huffy is just as determined to be miserable . . . until timid Donny comes up with a surprising idea.

After a great deal of sweet-talking from The Colonel, Huffy was finally coaxed out of hiding.

'We've realised you've not been feeling yourself since you moved to Beech Wood,' Angus began, 'so we thought we'd like to cheer you with a heartwarming makeover. Free of charge, of course.'

'A heart-warming whit?' sniffed Huffy.

Angus plunged his wing tip into the bag and, after a brief dramatic pause, pulled out the first item, a shimmer of spangles and beads.

'Whit in the name o' the wee man, is THAT?' demanded Huffy, throwing her head back in horror. Her Paisley-patterned scarf slipped down over one eye, exposing two lethal-looking spine-straighteners.

'That,' said Angus, unfolding the glittering material, 'is the very latest in head fashion.'

'Well, it's no for the likes o' me, thank you very much. If ma scarf wis good enough for Glasgow's east End, it's good enough for Beech Wood,' said Huffy, turning to go.

An extract from 'The Colonel and Huffy'


Price: £6.99

Product Details

Paperback: 28 pages with illustrations
Reading Age: 5-7 years but suitable to be read to a younger age group
Publisher: Ardblair Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9560390-5-7
Printed by Astute



The Colonel's Collection Book Bundle - Nos 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Buy the 5 book bundle for the bargain price of 30.00

Please note that the bundle comes without the audio CD.


Price: £30.00

Item eligible for FREE Postage



The Colonel's Collection Cuddly Toys

Inspired by the characters in The Colonel's Collection, we offer these irresistible owl, fox, red squirrel and hedgehog cuddly toys for sale.

Why not add a Fin the Fox, Rosie Red Squirrel, Osbert Owl or Huffy Hedgehog soft toy (prices from 5.99)?



Fox

Luxuriously soft Red Fox toy with white underside and white tipped tail. Expressive face.

Perfect for daytime play and bedtime cuddles.

Approx. height: 15cms

CE conformity marked

Living Nature by Keycraft

Price: £6.99


Red Squirrel

Cuddly Red Squirrel toy with silky soft reddish brown fur and white markings. Appealing face.

Irresistible soft toy.

Approx. height: 13cm

CE conformity marked

Living Nature by Keycraft

Price: £5.99



Owl

Luxuriously soft, hand-crafted tawny owl with nice detail.

Authentic call when pressed gently

Approx. height: 15cms

Suitable for ages 3+

CE conformity marked

Wild Republic

Price: £9.99


Hedgehog

Cuddly soft toy hedgehog.

Approx. height: 17cms

Suitable for ages 3+

CE conformity marked

Price: £8.99




The Colonel's Collection Mug

Join The Colonel for a cuppa!

Buy this classic mug for 8.99 while stocks last.

Ideal for yourself or as a gift, this elegant Lincoln earthenware mug comes personalised with The Colonel's handsome figure.

Its distinctive angled handle makes for an easy hold.

Dishwasher proof.


Price: £8.99