Published in support of Children’s Hospice
South West (all royalties from sale go to that
worthy charity), it is fitting that the stories in
this book should have been written specifically
for children, and with a view that they might
be read together with parents and friends.
That each of the 16 stories included should
also be firmly rooted in theWestcountry adds
greatly to their charm and fascination.
Each tale centres on the magical and mysterious
adventures of a wide range of animals who, in
the long tradition of fairy tales, offer through
their voice and way of life, a lesson of value to
The author Endymion Beer has already established herself as
an important voice in the region, her empathetic
approach to teaching others about wildlife
being an important factor in her drive for
She is a freelance illustrator
and writer and was first published in
1989 when attending Great Torrington
Secondary School, in the North Devon
Gazette & Advertiser, whilst on work
experience withTrevor Beer, Endymion’s
friend, colleague, mentor and namesake.
Her first regular column, ‘Plant Profile’
featured in Countryside, the British
Naturalists Association’s official magazine
in 1994. She is currently the BNA’s Youth
Officer and a recognised naturalist, writer
and illustrator. Endymion received the
Richard Fitter Memorial Medal in 2008,
for promoting the identification of species
via field guides and illustrated nature
interpretation boards. Her recent
publications include: A Celebration of Flora
& Fauna of the Bible and a children’s book,
Bod the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 21 6, paperback, 297x210mm, 96 pages. Published November 2009.