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Anne Clarsen is an artist, teacher, writer and traveller.
Anne first started non-academic writing while sailing the Mediterranean with her husband in their yacht. Over four and a half years, Anne wrote travel stories about ports of call and sailing matters for the yachting press, as well as travel stories about destinations visited while back-packing through Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East during the winters. These were published in Australian Yachting, the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper and in various travel magazines.
The travelling and boating adventures continue, as does the travel writing, but so does the teaching. Anne is currently writing a series of teachers’ resource books for Southern Grampians Adult Education in Hamilton, Victoria. These books are targeted at Adult Literacy students.
Thirteen years ago, after living in China for two years, Anne and her husband moved from Melbourne to Balmoral in the countryside of the Western District of Victoria, Australia. There the adventures of their two kelpies, Bluey and Curly, unfolded in her mind. “I just had to put the stories on paper. I kept talking their dialogue in my head."
She has plans for further such stories about her beloved kelpies and other animals.
on Dec. 13, 2013 :
Review by: Erika, Queensland,Australia on December 14, 2013
These lovely stories are full of character and fun. Bluey and Curly confide in each other, and tease and chat to each other, in a constant competition for who is going to be "top dog". Above all else, they love each other. An atmosphere of a sunny country landscape is created by Clarsen and Liddell, where all things are possible. The stories provide an enchanting look at the innocence of childhood, which is nevertheless beset by obstacles to be got around, jumped over, or beaten! Somehow! Bluey and Curly learn many important lessons about life on their journey.
The dialogue is excellent, and provides a great opportunity for role playing, while the quality of the writing overall is excellent, a model for clarity of descriptive writing. Overall, these stories are great fun, with a moral twitch to the tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
I thought the stories were beautifully descriptive, each one long enough to retain children's interest, but not too long to lose the attention span of youngsters.. Children from a doggie friendly household will immediately be able to identify the behaviour of their dogs with those of Bluey and Curly. In my head I read them all aloud, as if reading it to children — it really to worked for me.The illustrations were equally as delightful, but I thought one or two more in appropriate places might have helped to break up the text
(reviewed within a week of purchase)