A precious letter from a ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’ fan

As a writer, sometimes unexpected and special messages are sent by snail-mail or more often now, lovely emails drop into our inboxes.

On Monday I had the surprising pleasure of finding one of those precious emails from a mother telling me about her little boy and his connection with my book ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story.’

Here are the email exchanges: (names with-held).

Thought you might like to see a picture of my son on 'queenie'. 

He said 'mum I'll have a ride on queenie and make sure no kids 
stick pins in her trunk' 

He loves the book and one day we were in town and he pointed 
out flinders st stn and said 'mum queenie went past here!' 


On Jul 22, 2013, at 8:53 AM, Corinne wrote:

Thank you for sending the photo of your son on 'Queenie.' 
I really wish there was a statue of her at the zoo for all to see. 
It's always lovely to hear about children engaging with 
my books, especially Queenie.
Very best wishes,

He just loves it, as well as all the others, he's still trying to get 
Abby (our blue Heeler) to stay sitting on a box! When that photo op 
arises I'll send that one through too!  

Please feel free to post the pic.  Might get other parents 
thinking about reading queenie to their children so the token pic 
on an elephant means something to them  


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  1. christinemareebell What a lovely affirmation of your gorgeous picture book and wonderful to read of both the book and Queenie's impact on this young reader. Chris
    July 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm · Reply
  2. Corinne Fenton Thank you, Chris. It was a lovely surprise from a dear little boy.
    July 25, 2013 at 7:56 am · Reply

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