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Day 46: Herbie’s diary

The quest to spread Herbie’s magic of growing food means meeting people across many vocations: gardening, writing, education, food and journalism. And today, I met with Stonnington Library. I delivered copies of Herbie’s books to librarian, Ms P, this morning, and was ecstatic to learn she had already become acquainted with Herbie via his website. …

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Day 45: Sharing Herbie’s magic with children at Stories Up High

The great American comic, W.C. Fields, once said, “Never work with children or animals.” However, if he had been at the Stories Up High children’s writers festival this weekend at Cloudehill in Olinda, he may have thought otherwise. Reading chapter one of Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch, followed by painting pots and planting …

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Day 24: Herbie really is real!

Today I received a VERY special package from Tabitha Emma Bray, illustrator of Herbert Peabody. In the package was Herbert Peabody himself! Tabitha handmade Herbie from reclaimed fabric, and he is just amazing and extremely cute! As a children’s writer, I want my stories to be brought to life. Engaging vocabulary and beautiful illustrations do …

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