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Beth Shepherd

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Creative writing tutor & children’s author. My resources specialise in unique story writing exercises, tools and author tips, ‘Determined Dreamer’ motivational resources, plus literacy comprehension & guided reading videos.

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Creative writing tutor & children’s author. My resources specialise in unique story writing exercises, tools and author tips, ‘Determined Dreamer’ motivational resources, plus literacy comprehension & guided reading videos.
Being a Good Friend - Comprehension & Self reflective activity + colouring sheet on friendship. KS2
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Being a Good Friend - Comprehension & Self reflective activity + colouring sheet on friendship. KS2

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Knowing what it means to be a good friend and to have a good friend is essential in life and mental wellbeing. I have added together three resources on this topic, inspired by the character in my book; ‘The Determined Dreamer’. Read the two chapters or watch the author chapter readings and complete the worksheets included. Use as a point of class discussion, to encourage pupils what it actually means to listen, share and be kind, plus why its so important and how they can practice being a good friend to those they share their lives with. You may wish to use the word-search to explore what it means to not be a good friend, to help kids identify if someone is treating them in a way that is not worthy of their friendship. Includes: A question sheet based on the reading, plus self reflective question. Word-search on being a good friend. Colouring sheet with a quote on friendship. Plus link to the relevant chapter reading. Use as a guided reading activity in English and lesson for PHSE. Downloads as black and white A4 printable PDF. Includes link to video. See my store for more Positive resources on life skills such as being determined, teamwork, positive statements and self talk, all of which support a literacy. Plus the other resource collections in my store: ‘Story Cake’ - fun writing tools by a children’s author. ‘Comprehension’ - worksheets based on reading with a creative writing exercise. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/bethshepherd2 See my You Tube book reading for ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’: https://youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9w includes author tips & activities (resources to accompany relevant activities can be found on my TES store). Www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Classroom Printable Posters x 3 sheets - Don’t Give Up - Be Brave - Yes You Can, class display
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Classroom Printable Posters x 3 sheets - Don’t Give Up - Be Brave - Yes You Can, class display

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Encourage and motivate pupils in the right direction towards a positive determined I can/We can attitude, with these 3 black and white classroom posters. Simply download, print as A4 or bigger and display! Use as discussion starters for group work, or to support a relevant scheme of work, or just keep them around the classroom to remind pupils to nurture a valuable positive attitude. Never Give Up Yes you can Be brave be bold be courageous. These 4 sheets are free prinatble posters, however, if you would like ones that can coloured in and have more detail see my other listing. I hope these posters encourage and inspire little minds! Beth
Awesome Sentences - ‘Adding Adverbs’ - Improve sentences, use fronted adverbials, writing skills
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Awesome Sentences - ‘Adding Adverbs’ - Improve sentences, use fronted adverbials, writing skills

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Use adverbs and fronted adverbials to practice creating awesome descriptive sentences to improve creative writing skills. Helps building understanding of sentence structure and how putting the adverb in different places changes the sentence. Challenges kids to write better sentences, develop confidence in writing, encourage the use of new words and to think bigger with their creative writing. Great for creative writing and improving writing skills in English literacy and for exams prep. A fun independent study activity or as a class. Supports home learning. Includes: 2 A4 pages of exercises. Prints as a black and white download on home printer. This resource is 1 or 4 ‘Awesome Sentences’ worksheets; Random Words Level up the Sentence Finish the Sentence Adding Adverbs These are available individually or discounted as a 4 resource bundle. I created these to teach creative writing to my pupils, to help them improve their sentences, essential for become better story writers and children loved them! Created by children’s author www.bethshepherd. Beth
Awesome sentences - ‘Level up the sentence’, creative writing, improving, descriptive, english
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Awesome sentences - ‘Level up the sentence’, creative writing, improving, descriptive, english

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Practice leveling up and improving basic sentences. Use given word suggestions or find your own. Learn how to say the same thing but in a more descriptive way. Great for creative writing and improving writing skills in English literacy and for exams prep. A fun independent study activity or as a class. Supports home learning. Includes: 2 A4 pages of exercises. Prints as a black and white download on home printer. This resource is 1 or 4 Awesome Sentences worksheets; Random Words Finish the Sentence Adding Adverbs These are available individually or discounted as a 4 resource bundle. I created these to teach creative writing to my pupils, to help them improve their sentences, essential for become better story writers. Created by children’s author www.bethshepherd. Beth
Dreams of Olive Garden - comprehension, persuasive & creative writing, inference - for primary ages
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Dreams of Olive Garden - comprehension, persuasive & creative writing, inference - for primary ages

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A fun comprehension and persuasive writing activity. Great for kids ages 7-11 years to practice essential English literacy skills. Includes printed chapter reading and link to video reading by the author. Packed with comprehension questions to help seeping understanding of the text, to explore and interpret the characters emotions, leading to a persuasive writing exercises. Plus question are designed to creative writing skills and vocabulary. Chapter; Dreams of Olive Garden - covers why the character has the dream he has, his grandfathers own experience, why he feels the need to leave home and his families opinion of his dream. Quite a deep chapter to explore. Question included touch on this, but further study can be done independently. Explore how Ernie felt when his family chooses not to believe in his dreams and his family ridicules him. Follow this by writing a letter home to Ernie’s family explaining why this dream is so important to you and trying to convince them to come with you. Includes; Full relevant chapter from the book. 16 questions based on the reading, many with full sentence or paragraph answers. ‘Ernie’s Letter Home’ - a fun sheet for pupils to use to write their letter. Plus link to free video chapter book reading to accompany this activity: https://youtu.be/2Sw2bxFo_XI Prints as 2 PDF’s. Extra; video also includes a story writing tip called, ‘Keeping it simple’, which explains from an authors perspective why it’s best to keep stories simple. Follow through each chapter of my book on my You Tube channel read by me, the author. Videos include a story writing tip and a creative activity. Accompanying resources can be found here on my TES shop or my website; www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Story Tool/Ingredient Cards - for planning & building a story - Creative writing, story writing.
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Story Tool/Ingredient Cards - for planning & building a story - Creative writing, story writing.

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Writing a story is like baking a cake! A good story consists of many different ingredients, mixed together perfectly. Use these 28 ingredient cards to help children plan and navigate building a story. Brilliant visual prompts to help break down the challenging and overwhelming tasks of bring all the ingredients together and makIng a story work. On the back of each card is an explanation of each ingredient so children can learn new tools and use them to decide what is needed in each part of the story. A great tool for kids who struggle with story writing, or have a passion for it and want to improve their writing. ​​ Look out for special author tips on some of the cards! ​ Includes 28 cards to download, print and laminate. Note, you may have more ingredients to add. The last card is blank you to think of own ingredients. The product comes as 2 PDFs to download and is black and white. ​ You may wish to use these cards along side my ‘10 Guided Stories’ resources, a selection of 10 planned stories, with room for pupils to add what ingredients they wants to use in different parts of the story. Click here to see this resource: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/10-guided-story-writing-worksheets-to-support-primary-age-story-writing-12094903 ​ This can also be purchased as part of a story writing bundle…come soon! ​ I am a published children’s author and creative writing tutor, these resources have been made by me to use with my pupils in lessons based on needs of the pupils, and have been tried and tested, and with practice will help to improve results in writing. ​ For more creative writing resources check out my Etsy Store and to find out about my books visit my website www.bethshepherd.com (available on Amazon). ​ Enjoy! ​ Beth
Character Picture Cards/ Prompts, improve vocabulary, creative & descriptive writing
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Character Picture Cards/ Prompts, improve vocabulary, creative & descriptive writing

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Build an awesome character with this pack of useful resources. Choose from 28 different character pictures, then create a profile card using the worksheet and character vocabulary word lists. A great way to develop a character for a story. Sparks imaginations, inspires creating writing and story writing. Develops character descriptions skills which are essential for using within a story, plus improves vocabulary related to characters. Expand your child’s vocabulary and help them take the exciting step of creating a character, an important part of creative writing. Includes: 28 character picture cards to laminate and keep to use again and again. Character Vocab word sheets for both personality and appearance. Plus a character profile sheet for kids to use to describe their character. Download, print, cut and laminate. Use again and again for endless ideas. Also can be used as prompts for story ideas Idea for teachers, parents and home schooling, or just for kids who love to write stories! I am a published children’s author and creative writing tutor, these resources have been made by me to use with my pupils in lessons based on needs of the pupils, and have been tried and tested, and with practice will help to improve results in writing. Www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Being Determined - Self reflective activity + creative writing + word-search. Mental wellbeing
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Being Determined - Self reflective activity + creative writing + word-search. Mental wellbeing

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**Being determined is an essential part of anything we do in life. Use these 3 fun activities at home or in class to help kids develop this important skill to support mental wellbeing and going for goals, to develop a positive mental attitude. Supports KS2 English Literacy; comprehension & Creative writing, plus PHSE. ** Pack includes; ‘Tell me about it worksheet’ which covers questions such as 'Have you ever been determined to achieve a goal, what strategies did you use to achieve it, and what did it feel like when you achieved it? A great way to encourage learning by reflecting on and share their own experiences. A ‘Write a Story’ worksheet/creative writing. Plus a fun and educational word-search, which explores new vocab and invites pupils to discuss words on the topic. See my store for more Positive resources on life skills such as being friendship, teamwork, positive statements and self talk, all of which support a literacy. Plus the other resource collections in my store: ‘Story Cake’ - fun writing tools by a children’s author. ‘Comprehension’ - worksheets based on reading with a creative writing exercise. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StoryCake See my You Tube book reading for ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’: https://youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9w includes author tips & activities (resources to accompany relevant activities can be found on my TES store). www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
‘My Awesome Dream’ - Write & Treasure Dreams & Goals with this Poster/Worksheet PHSE Activity.
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‘My Awesome Dream’ - Write & Treasure Dreams & Goals with this Poster/Worksheet PHSE Activity.

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**Beautiful colouring/sheet sheet and text from the book; The Determined Dreamer’ to encourage to children to think about what their dreams are. ** The text creates a wonderful discussion point on the beauty, and the importance, of having a dream in their life, something they work towards hope for, something that is just for them. This could lead into their own poem about dreams. Extract from the book reads; *‘Dreams are precious things. They are worth more than silver or gold, yet they are free. Everyone can own a dream, no matter who they are or where they are from. Dreams must be loved, treasured, nurtured and encouraged to grow strong and blossom.’ * Follow on from this activity by exploring being determined to reach their dreams/goals, having a determined attitude. See ‘Being a Determined Dreamer’ Word-Search and ‘I am a Determined Dreamer Colouring Sheet’. Based on the book Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer. This worksheet can accompany the reading of Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer, or watch the video book readings by me, the author, on my You Tube Channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9w Copies of my books available on Amazon; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0955913578/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_6p3.EbV21NQKM Or visit my website; www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
I am a Determined Dreamer Bundle - Includes: Worksheets, posters, activities and positive statements sheet to encourage a determined mind.
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I am a Determined Dreamer Bundle - Includes: Worksheets, posters, activities and positive statements sheet to encourage a determined mind.

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Being determined, resilient and persistent is an essential life skill! However, it is not something that always comes naturally to us. Use these resources to teach, encourage and motivate kids to set goals, believe in themselves and to not give up despite set backs with this resource bundle based on the book ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’. Includes; A sheet to write or draw dreams/goals A worksheet activity Word-search Positive statement poster Determined dreamer certificate Great for small group work or home study to enrich learning by boosting and developing a positive ‘I can!’ mindset. Inspired by my book: Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
10 Pre-planned, Guided Stories - assisted story writing worksheets for independent writing. KS2 +
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10 Pre-planned, Guided Stories - assisted story writing worksheets for independent writing. KS2 +

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**10 pre-planned story worksheets for reluctant writers or improving writing. Supports story hill idea and includes key tool suggestions. Helps simplify and break down the task of story writing. ** As a children’s author and creative writing tutor I know that it’s often its a daunting task to write a whole story form beginning to end. There so are many elements needed to make a good story, and thats after you have come up with a good clear and simple plot. I created these worksheets for use with my students to help them navigate the process of writing a story and to make it less daunting for them so they can learn the feel of writing a story and see themselves finish the task from beginning to end. Each worksheet includes a basic plot already mapped out; opening, build up, problem, solution and ending, plus, guidelines/suggestions for what to add for each section, which become less and less as they progress throughout each story, helping them to find their own way of writing. These stories cover varied themes and are aimed at variety of ages between approx 6-12 years. Story titles include: Amber & the Midnight Monster The Plane to Madrid The Two Boys & the Lighthouse The Old Man & the Balloon The Children & the Giant Bee The Alien Aircraft The Man & the Burning House The Troll & the Stink-Bomb Lost in the Woods Caught in a Snare Pupils can follow the suggestions and write the stories, gradually learning how a story is put together, with the aim of being able to apply that to their own stories and independent writing. Guidelines include where to add character description, senses, setting description, action, character emotion etc. You may like to use my Ingredients cards which are writing tools needed in a story (character setting, description, senses, action, when etc) children can choose what ingredients they think they need for each part of the story. You may prefer to purchase this as part of a creative writing bundle which includes tools for story writing…coming soon! www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
Comprehension & Creative practice sheets - Bundle of 4 resources in 1 for English Literacy
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Comprehension & Creative practice sheets - Bundle of 4 resources in 1 for English Literacy

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**A fun comprehension and persuasive writing bundle. Great for kids ages 7-11 years to practice essential English literacy skills. Includes printed chapter reading and link to video reading by the author where available. ** Packed with comprehension questions to help seeping understanding of the text, to explore and interpret the characters emotions, leading to a persuasive writing exercises. Plus question are designed to creative writing skills and vocabulary. Each resource includes: Copy of the text from the book and video link (except The Night Watch Man). 1-2 pages of comprehension questions. Creative writing questions based on the reading. Use at home or in the class room. Supports independent study. Thanks Beth
Plan & Write a Story Using the Words | 10 Story Writing Activity | Creative Writing Exercises | KS2
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Plan & Write a Story Using the Words | 10 Story Writing Activity | Creative Writing Exercises | KS2

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**10 Story Writing Activity Worksheets - Create a story using the given words. ** **Make story writing fun, help kids come up with unique story ideas and support kids in planning their story before writing with these 10 PDF downloads creative writing activity worksheets for 6 years + to support English Literacy creative writing. ** Activity - plan & Write a unique story using 5 exciting & carefully chosen words to inspire a unique plot, 10 actives included. Also includes helpful tip on planning, from a published author to inspire and motivate young writers. Planning is Key! Practice and develop key story planning and creative writing skills using these 10 fun story writing resources for kids 6 + to support English literacy creative writing.Support your pupils, including reluctant writers, in the challenging task of story writing with this fun educational story writing activity. Spark their imagination with this unique resource created by a children’s author and creative writing tutor and help them discover one of the most important aspects of story writing; planning. PDF downloadable file. Homeschooling and classroom actives. Print at home. Print Multiple times. Prints A4 Black and white. Printable worksheets to use at home or in the classroom. Print as many as you want for your own use and create unless stories. Prints A4 & Includes; 14 page PDF; consists of 10 worksheets, 1 guide, 2 writing sheets plus cover sheet.
Creative Writing Activity Pack - 8 exercises for writing in different styles. KS2
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Creative Writing Activity Pack - 8 exercises for writing in different styles. KS2

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Encourage your child to dive in the wonderful world of creative writing, with these 8 different writing prompt exercises each based on a picture. Set their imaginations free and help them to enjoy creative writing. Also useful for 11+ practice. Have fun writing about snails living on a plant pot, a comical action story, diary entries, news articles, and more! Each activity has two pages to write on, plus a picture to colour. Pupils can follow the suggested writing activity for each picture or use their picture to inspire a unique creative writing idea. Based on my book Escape from Paradise. If you would like story writing tips and to follow a video book reading of my book; The Determined Dreamer visit my You Tube channels, after each reading I offer writing tips and activities. https://youtu.be/wWXImZbcAj0 For more story writing activities so my 10 guided stories activities: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/10-guided-story-writing-worksheets-to-support-primary-age-story-writing-12094903 Thanks Beth
Writing & drawing directions, using fronted adverbials. To accompany video book reading,
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Writing & drawing directions, using fronted adverbials. To accompany video book reading,

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Listing instructions within a story doesn’t have to be dull. Use this activity for children to practice writing a list of instructions for Ernie’s journey using interesting and varied sentence openers, such as; ‘Firstly’, ‘Next’, ‘after’ and much more. Watch the video attached of chapter 4 of ‘Ernie Gonzales: the Determined Dreamer’ - A Cunning Plan, where Ernie sets out on his journey to find Olive Garden. Before he sets off he draws a plan in his little sketch pad of how he hopes to get to the garden. Using the worksheet included, children can draw Ernie’s plan first and then write in detail as list of instructions for the plan. Follow through each chapter of my book on my You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9wread by me, the author. Videos include a story writing tip and a creative activity. A full list of each video in chapter order, plus links to relevant activity to accompany each video can be found via my website; www.bethshepherd.com Thanks Beth
'If You Ever Saw a Monster' -  4 activities in 1; Creating a character and Diary/Journal writing
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'If You Ever Saw a Monster' - 4 activities in 1; Creating a character and Diary/Journal writing

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A fun and engaging creative writing activity for KS2 pupils. With a focuses on creating and developing a character, using senses to make good descriptions and a journal entry to build upon those descriptions. This lessons begins with a fill in the blank story where pupils can add in full sentences and descriptive words to complete the story and design their monster. The story uses sight, touch, smell and emotions to describe the character and is a great way to introduce the idea of using senses (and emotions to create a story), which they can later apply to the other writing activites in the lesson. Works well with my description prompt cards which helps them focus on one description element at a time to help them identify different tools needed to build a good story. (See my other resources). Next, pupils can create a character profile for their monster in more detail with a profile sheet, answering questions such as; age, family, physical description of their character. This leads them into writing ‘Character Profile Card’; a paragraph describing their character. Lastly, pupils can use information gathered on their character to write a diary/journal entry for the day they saw a monster. This is a great activity to put into practice what they have learnt about adding descriptions to build their writing piece and bring it to life. Great activity to help children with their creative writing and the use of creative writing tool kit. I am a children’s author, my books include; ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’ and 'Escape from Paradise", and I tutor creative writing privately and in schools, to 6-11 year olds. I have a passion for writing and teaching kids, I also love making my own resources and sharing them with others. See my free creative writing and comprehensions resources to accompany my books. My books are available on Amazon
Comprehension/Inference - worksheet; predicting how the author may use a character within a story
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Comprehension/Inference - worksheet; predicting how the author may use a character within a story

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What type of character do you think Jose is and how do you think the author may use him in the story? Jose the turtle has decided to help the snails on their journey. Watch the video of the reading of Chapter 13 (or read the chapter). Discuss how the author may use him in the story, predict what may happen next. Good activity for practicing inference in comprehension to make an assumption of the character based on the direction of the story and the needs of the other characters in the story. To determine where and how this new character will be used in the story based on previous events. Includes a creative writing activity. Also helps pupils understanding how different characters are used within stories to drive the plot forward. For use in Key stage 2 English lessons (comprehension), or home schooling. Chapter is read by the author. See all videos for full book reading with activities and author writing tips in each video, with resources available for each. Videos can be found at www.bethshepherd.com or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9w Thanks Beth
Write a News Article - Worksheet/ lesson for key stage 2, creative writing, plus planning sheet.
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Write a News Article - Worksheet/ lesson for key stage 2, creative writing, plus planning sheet.

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Breaking news: Two snails squashed under a milk carton! Write a funny news article using the picture. Great for key stage 2 pupils, for creative writing practice. For parents and teachers. Includes a planning sheet a picture to colour and space for their own drawing. Visit www.bethshepherd.com to see more resources and see my You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0U66uL2Iu99dPV1XflIJ9w for reading from my book to accompany this resources and more. Thanks Beth
Colouring sheet - Dreams of Olive Garden
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Colouring sheet - Dreams of Olive Garden

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Beautiful colouring sheet and text from the book: ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’. Share children’s finished work with the author, by getting in touch with me on Etsy, I would love to see their work and maybe share on my website. See other colouring sheets and colouring bundles in other listings. Illustration by Lisa Buckridge, all Images and text Copyright and cannot be reproduced or sold on. [
Colouring Sheet - The Veggie Box
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Colouring Sheet - The Veggie Box

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Beautiful colouring sheet and text from the book: ‘Ernie Gonzales: The Determined Dreamer’. Share children’s finished work with the author, by getting in touch with me on Etsy, I would love to see their work and maybe share on my website. See other colouring sheets and colouring bundles in other listings. Illustration by Lisa Buckridge, all Images and text Copyright and cannot be reproduced or sold on.