Many years ago I used to have a stall at local craft fairs and I sold greetings cards which I had drawn flowers, I had them copied on to card and then I hand painted each one individually…. well I love colouring in!
I used to sit at the stall and paint too, it was great fun.
After a while I started to expand my repertoire and started drawing woodland animals, I used these for Christmas cards and left them black and white but coloured in a stocking hanging from a tree.
I then started focusing on hedgehogs and moved away from the realistic and started dressing them, they played sports, were photographers, got married and had their offspring Christened.
From seeing all these my Mum got inspired and wrote a poem about a hedgehog.
I then wrote this poem in my best handwriting and drew a little hedgehog at the bottom and sold copies at these fairs.
I thought I might be able to get the poem published and sent off a copy with a few drawings to many publishers to no avail of course, I didn’t go so far as getting an agent and so the idea was shelved.
With the advent of photobooks I realised that I could create my own book and now my Mum has her own copy – with her name in nice big print font on the front cover. (I get a mention as the illustrator of course). She has even had people asking for a copy!
So, here for your pleasure (I hope) is the story of:-
Homer the Hedgehog
by Shirley Parker
Homer the Hedgehog small and brown
Left the country to live in town
He had heard the streets were made of gold
But, Homer found them very cold.
No grass and roots for him to chew,
He did not know, what he could do.
He missed his Mum, he missed his Dad,
Poor Homer felt so very sad.
He wandered through the streets alone.
Looking for a cosy home.
The cars and buses rushing by
Made poor Homer sit and cry
He should have listened to his Dad
And not been such a silly lad,
To leave his lovely country home
And set out on his own to roam.
So after all is said and done,
A hedgehog’s place is with his Mum.
Now back in the country,
Away from the town,
Is Homer the Hedgehog, small and brown.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed that… there is a sequel, which I will share one day soon.,
Copyright Shirley Parker