Once upon a time there was a beautiful magic garden where all the flowers could talk. This garden was famous in all the corners of the world also because you could find flowers in any colour you can think of; red, orange, yellow, violet, blue, green, purple and all others in between. Everyone loved to visit and admire the garden, talk to the flowers and be enchanted by the aromas floating everywhere. The birds loved making nests in the trees nearby and all insects wore buzzing around happily. Now, we all know what plants need to grow healthy: soil, sun and rain. The sun loved sending his warm rays over the flowers, kissing them gently and making their colours shine. The clouds loved sending gentle rain drops to cool the flowers and clean up the dust on their petals. The problem was the sun and the clouds were always quarrelling with each other as they both loved being around the flowers so much. When it was raining the sun always tried to send his rays in-between the clouds to touch the flowers and he tried to push the clouds away; when it was nice and sunny all of the sudden the clouds would always come and start raining so they could kiss the flowers with their rain drops. Day after day the same story. The garden never enjoyed a normal weather: it was always half raining, half sunny and, as the sun and clouds were always shoving each other and arguing, the flowers never had enough sun or rain. Slowly but surely the flowers began to lose their colours, drying up. The garden had lost its beauty: rain and sun had made 72 it partly muddy and partly dry. The bees could not fly in the rain to pollinate the flowers, it was so hot that the birds didn’t want to come and keep them company anymore. The animals got tired of the strange weather and they all went away. The magic garden lost its magic colours, but the flowers didn’t lose their voice. One day the tallest and most beautiful one in the garden, a purple iris, appealed to all his friends, “Everyone, we need to do something about the rain and the sun so we can all be happy and healthy. We need both, we all miss the birds, the insects and the animals and they will not return as long as there’s such a crazy weather.” “What can we do?”, everybody asked. “We cannot just tell the sun and the clouds to stop fighting, we cannot tell them to go away”. The flowers thought and they thought for many hours, while the sun and clouds kept arguing in the skies. The daffodil flower talked to the sun because she was yellow. Then the sunflower joined in too: “We love your light and gentle heat, but we also need rain to grow and be beautiful. If you keep fighting with the clouds, we will wilt and die”. The Blue hydrangea and the blue anemone talked to the clouds because they were blue: “We love the coolness and the raindrops kisses, but we also need the sun to survive.” The sun and the clouds looked at each other.
Today we talk about Amazing Moral Tales, a book by Irina Ionita published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Irina Ionita to get to know her better and how becoming a mother became a source of inspiration that led her to writing of her book Amazing Moral Tales.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Have you always had the desire to write a book for the whole family ?
Yes, I have a always had the desire to write. I was never sure about the genre and I did start a couple of manuscripts, poems and short stories. The children book idea was born thanks to my daughter, I never dreamed of writing a children’s book before having a child.
- What are the elements to consider when writing a book that narrates children’s stories?
I believe the main element is learning- children need to learn something from each story, book or poem addressed to their age.The second element but with the same importance is having fun-whether is from what’s written or from the illustration children need to enjoy, laugh and finish the story with a smile on their face.
- What you would like to hear from your little readers?
I would be so happy to hear that they enjoyed the stories and maybe even identified themselves with the characters, that they learned something or they had fun looking at the pictures.
- Is there a book you are particularly attached to and that has taught you something?
I enjoy reading children books to my daughter and I believe more parents should take the time to read to their children. Children books teaches adults to be patient and helps us forget at least for a couple of minutes about adulthood.
- Are you planning to work on a new book for the whole family or, otherwise, are you thinking of focusing on another genre of writing?
I do have a couple of more children stories in progress, I am currently working on the illustrations. I would really like to publish my poems as well and, for the future why not, finish the novel I started in my university years.
Europe Books thanks the author Irina Ionita once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We really wish her the best of luck with her book Amazing Moral Tales and for her future as a writer.
To you, my dear reader, I want to remind you that children’s books have a lot to teach us all, no matter how adult you are! They have the ability to spread messages through simple, colourful and dreamy writing that can be a great inspiration for everyone!
So, my dear reader, enjoy your reading and the delicacy through which the author narrates her stories for children.