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cover of The Adventure of Jenny, Sylvester and their Six Little Chicks
The Adventures of Jenny, Sylvester
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ISBN 97809571917-3-0
 
Book Cover: Meet the fairies in my backyard
Meet The Fairies in my backyard
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If I were a bee - Book cover
Beelicious Recipes with Honey
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ISBN: 978-0-9571917-0-9
 
If I were a bee - Book cover
If I were a bee
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Jenny the Hen - Book cover
Jenny the Little Brown Hen
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Jenny an chearc bheag dhonn - Book cover
Jenny an chearc bheag dhonn
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Earth Angels Are Everywhere... - Book cover
Earth Angels Are Everywhere
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Jenny the little brown hen Audio/DVD
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If I were a bee jigsaw
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This is a little picture book I am working on which I hopefully will publish next year.... THE SCARY SPIDER

 


A NICE LITTLE HEADING IN MY LOCAL PAPER....

 


NATIONAL CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR IN RDS... MET ONE OF MY VERY FAVOURITE AWARD WINNING AUTHOR BENJI BENNETT WHO JUST WON BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK 2013.  BENJI IS MY INSPIRATION AND HELPED ME GREATLY WHEN I DECIDED TO SELF PUBLISH MY BOOKS....



POTTERY ON SALE IN RED EARTH MULLINGAR

 

NICE JUG DESIGNED BY ME FOR SHANNONBRIDGE IRELAND

 


READING IN LAOISE LIBRARIES.....MOUNTRATH AND MOUNTMELLICK LIBRARIES MET A GREAT BUNCH OF CHILDREN....HAD A GREAT MORNING....

 


HAD A FANTASTIC MORNING IN LONGFORD COUNTY LIBRARY AT THE START OF OCTOBER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL 2013

 



DELIGHTED TO BE ON THE RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES BY CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND....

 



AT THE LAUNCH OF SIOBHAN PARKINSONS NEW BOOK RECENTLY



THE PLOUGHING

 

HAD A GREAT FEW DAYS AT THE PLOUGHING....PACKED TO CAPACITY...THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME AND BOUGHT MY BOOKS...REALLY APPRECIATE IT.


 


DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE MY AUDIO/DVD OF JENNY THE LITTLE BROWN HEN....I AM READING THE STORY AS THE PAGES FLIP OVER AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER ELLIE IS SINGING A LITTLE SONG I WROTE CALLED JENNY JENNY JENNY...I HOPE TO SOON HAVE IT UP IN MY SHOPPING CART....


DELIGHTED TO SAY THAT SHANNONBRIDGE POTTERY IRELAND ARE FIRING A RANGE OF POTTERY TOMORROW USING MY IMAGES.....I AM DELIGHTED...LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING THERE TO SEE THE END PRODUCT...

 

AND HERE IT IS....

 

BOOKMAKING IN BALLINAHOWAN ATHLONE AS PART OF MADE IN WESTMEATH CRAFT WEEK......HAD A FANTASTIC DAY THERE ALSO.....ALL THE CHILDREN MADE SOME WONDERFUL PICTURE BOOKS....WITH LITTLE SHORT STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS TO MATCH.....WHAT A FANTASTIC BUNCH OF BUDDING AUTHORS.

 


 

I HAD A GREAT DAY IN MULLINGAR BOOK MAKING AS PART OF MADE IN WESTMEATH CRAFT WEEK.  IT WAS A FANTASTIC EVENT WHERE 15 CHILDREN MADE A PICTURE BOOK FROM START TO FINISH.....I WAS VERY PROUD OF THEM

 

 

 

 

READING AT THE  ART AND CRAFT FAIR AT THE HAY FESTIVAL IN KELLS......GREAT WEEKEND

 


 


ATHLONE LIBRARY READINGS

 

JUST LOVE READING MY BOOKS IN ATHLONE LIBRARY ALWAYS GET A FANTASTIC GROUP OF CHILDREN AND THE STAFF MAKE ME FEEL SO WELCOME....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LICENSING

 

I AM DELIGHTED TO SAY THAT I HAVE JUST SIGNED MY FIRST LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH SHANNONBRIDGE POTTERY.  THEY ARE PRODUCING TWO SETS OF CHILDRENS MUGS AND ONE COMPLETE SET OF POTTERY FOR THE HOME...I AM TRULY DELIGHTED AND GRATEFUL FOR THIS.....HOPE THERE WILL BE MANY MORE TO COME.

 

BOOK LAUNCH BELVEDERE HOUSE APRIL 26 2013

 

I LAUNCHED BOTH MY NEW BOOKS IN BELVEDERE HOUSE AND GARDENS LAST FRIDAY APRIL 26TH.    IT WAS A FANTASTIC EVENT.    IT WAS PACKED TO CAPACITY WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF LITTLE GIRLS DRESSED IN FAIRY OUTFITS.  I HAD FACE PAINTERS....MY GRANDDAUGHTER ELLIE ORGANISED A BIG CRAYON DOODLE....MY FRIENDS MARION AND GINA READ MY BOOKS....ANNA MARIE LEAVY LAUNCHED THE BOOK AND WE HAD LOTS OF GOODIES, FAIRY CAKES AND REFRESHMENTS.....IT WAS A MAGICAL EVENT... HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS

 


 

SOME OF THE AMAZING HATS MADE BY MIDLAND RESOURCE CENTRE TEACHERS AND STUDENT MADE SPECIALLY FOR THE NIGHT........

 

 

 

 

 

March 8th 2013
First Class have a Special Visitor
 
Local author and artist, Dolores Keaveney paid a surprise visit to the school today. Dolores is a self-published author/illustrator of children's picture books. A relative newcomer to writing books, Dolores wrote her first book in 2009 and to date she has written six children's books and is about to launch her seventh. Today she read two of her books to the lucky children from our first classes. The children were captivated as they listened to her read her first book 'If I were a Bee'. Dolores is a keen bee-keeper and delighted the children when she showed them her bee-keepers coat and hat and gave them honeycomb racks to examine. Dolores then read from her latest book 'The adventures of Jenny, Sylvester and their six little chicks'. She ended her visit by inviting all the children to the launch of her new book next month and encouraged them all to try writing their own book!


FRONT PAGE OF ONE OF TWO BOOKS I AM ABOUT TO SELF PUBLISH.  HOPE TO HAVE THEM AROUND END OF APRIL. 

THE ADVENTURES OF JENNY, SYLVESTER AND THEIR SIX LITTLE CHICKS

 

 

 

 

THIS IS A VERY LOVELY EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM A MAN IN THE UK....

HI ,

Dolores I would just like to say after looking at your website how much you have inspired me so much, I have been working on my own picture books for some time now. I have had some very good feedback from publishers but in the end it's still a no when it comes to a publishing deal so after seeing your work and your comments has helped me and given me confidence to self publish them through a well respected self publishing company (Matador). When I feel like giving up I just nip on the Internet and look at your website, thanks even though you didn't,t know .

Terry McManus. Coventry UK

 

JANUARY 2013

 

2013 has started and I am busy busy busy,    I have three projects on.   Firstly I have just completed digitising MEET THE FAIRIES IN MY BACKYARD.....I am working on another book at the moment a follow up to Jenny the little brown hen.....it will be called The Adventures of Jenny, Sylvester and the six chicks.... and I am almost finished turning Jenny the little brown hen into an Audio version and have only to get it made into DVd's.    I will be reading this and I have written a small song with lyrics called Jenny Jenny Jenny....and my granddaughter Ellie will sing this on the audio version......

 

 

I hope to launch all three in or around early May 2013......

so it has been very busy............will keep you up to date on everything.....

 

 

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

 

I had a very busy period during this time.   I attended many craft fairs selling my books and one in particular was the Christmas Craft/Design Fair RDS which was a 5 day event.   I met many lovely people and really enjoyed all the fairs.

 


 


 

OCTOBER 2012

 

Have been around the country reading in Schools and Libraries as part of Children's Book Festival......really enjoyed my visits.....and met lovely children.

 

During the Hullabaloo Festivities in Offaly, I was delighted to see that all my books were reviewed by a little girl for LITTLE PAGES RTE jr...  She was interviewed by Grainne Clear who is the presenter.   I was also interviewed by Grainne about all my books and my illustrations and this can be heard on LITTLE PAGES RTEjr PODCAST... 

I really enjoyed the interview and was so happy about this.

20121104_rtejrradio-littlepages-littlepage_c20108432_20108433_232_.mp3 

 


 

REVIEW BY SURREYBEEKEEPER

 

 

This is the second of Dolores’ books that I am reviewing as I enjoyed the first – If I were a Bee – so much. This is another example of a great beekeeping Recipes using Honeybook for children but comes from a slightly different angle; cooking.

I have always believed that Children will be far more likely to enjoy food if they take part in the growing of vegetables and fruit and this remains true here in this book. It really will teach children about honey and its many uses in cooking.

This book looks as fantastic as Dolores’ other books which are illustrated by herself. They are bright and colourful which means they are really attractive to read through. What I really like about this book though is that it is so personal. Dolores dedicates the book to her Grandchildren and promptly names all the recipe’s after them like the delicious sounding Will’s Beelicious Blueberry Pancakes – oh my life, I cannot wait to make these!

It is also lovely to see that Ellie, one of her grandchildren, has actually hand written some of these recipes which are then reproduced in the book. A really nice touch.

Should you like the book, you can purchase it through our store on here for £7 with 10% of all proceeds going towards our two selected beekeeping charities Bees Abroad and Bees for Development who do sterling work for beekeepers in Africa.

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN 2012

 

HAD A GREAT TIME READING TO CHILDREN IN A BEAUTIFUL SHOP CALLED RED EARTH MULLINGAR ATTACHED ARE SOME PHOTOS:

 

 


 

 

THE BEES DAY OUT KNOCKNACARRA NS GALWAY

 

I WAS DELIGHTED TO BE INVOLVED, EVEN IN A SMALL WAY IN THIS FANTASTIC PROJECT WHICH TOOK 2 YEARS FROM START TO FINISH.   I WAS ASKED TO READ A SMALL STORY ABOUT HOW THE BEES CAME TO IRELAND.   THE CHILDREN TEACHERS AND PARENTS BUILT AN AMAZING BEE ROOM AND MARK ROHAN SCULPTURE MADE 5 BEAUTIFUL BRONZE BEEHIVES WHICH WERE INSTALLED OUTSIDE.   JUST A FEW PHOTOS FROM THE LAUNCH OF THIS PROJECT THIS OCTOBER 2012;

 

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDED READING LIST BY CHILDREN'S BOOK IRELAND

I was delighted to be included in this years Recommended Reads Rogha Leabhar 2012 by Childrens Book Ireland with my latest book Beelicious recipes with honey.....a first cookbook for boys and girls:

 


NESSA’S REVIEW

 

A couple of months ago I was very kindly sent some books by Westmeath author Dolores Keaveney. I was already familiar with Dolores's books as we had taken them on loan, on a couple of occasions, from the library. It initially was Fionn who was attracted to the look of the books, as they are so vibrant in colour but also contain the beautiful illustrated paintings which are familiar scenes of hens, bees and gardens. Dolores is one talented lady as she not only writes the stories but also illustrates each book. She currently has written one spiritual book and four children's picture books including her latest book Beelicious -Recipes with Honey, which is a cookbook for children. The beautiful part to this cookbook is the involvement of Dolores's family, especially her young granddaughter Ellie, who helped devise the recipes. Again this book, no different from the others, is beautifully illustrated and as an added bonus, throughout the book there are interesting facts about bees and honey. A few evenings ago Tiarnan and I made Ellie's Flapjacks from Beelicious and they really worked out a treat. This little cookbook has some real gems of recipes and ones that are especially tailored for the younger cooks in the house. 

 
Ellie's Flapjacks


250g / 10oz butter
100g/ 4 oz soft brown sugar
30 mls honey
20mls golden syrup
350g/ 14 oz porridge oats

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas 4. Grease a baking tray.
2. In a medium sized saucepan add all the ingredients, apart from the porridge oats, and slowly melt stirring regularly.
3. Take from the heat and stir in the oats.  Turn into the prepared tin and with a wooden spoon press down well.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 -25 minutes. Cool, in the tin, on a wire rack.

August 2012

 

Took part in the Tinahealy Agricultlural Show on Bank Holiday Monday August 2012 and guess what, I won the cup for the best craft stand in the Craft Village.  I was just delighted....

 

First Prize

Met some chicks recently who told a great story..........

girls reading

 WHAT I DID WHEN I WAS SELF PUBLISHING MY BOOKS TAKEN FROM AN INTERVIEW I DID FOR WRITING.IE.

 

The following is a kind of a roadmap for anyone who intends to self publishing. This is the route I took with my self publishing and I hope you the reader finds it helpful.

  1. Write the book
  2. Find money to self publish
  3. Edit Book
  4. Decide to Publish or Self Publish
  5. Apply to Nielsen for ISBN
  6. Design front cover of book.
  7. Get book typeset
  8. Print mock-up
  9. Edit Edit Edit
  10. Print copies for review and submit to people you would like to review so that you can insert it into the book.
  11. Submit to Easons, Argosy at least 8/10 weeks before the launch so that they will either agree or not to distribute the book for you and so that it will be in the shop when you launch.

Edit Edit Edit

  1. How many books will you print
  2. Send to printers either yourself or your graphic designer who has designed the front cover and who has type set the book.
  3. Print invites, posters, banners
  4. 3 Weeks before launch put out fliers/web texts/emails/invitations
  5. Get a WEBSITE IF POSSIBLE. Very important for people to look you up and check out everything about you.
  6. Submit books to libraries for their catalogue.

i.e. 1 Book to British Library UK

     5 Books to Trinity College

     1 Book to National Library of Ireland

You will find addresses in Neilson information.

  1. Register Book on PubWeb online Neilson
  2. Submit book to libraries throughout the country to see if they will buy it.
  3. Contact all shops throughout the country with an email telling them about your book
  4. Sell at craft fairs, functions etc etc.,
  5. Set up Facebook page www.facebook.com
  6. Sign up Twitter www.twitter.com
  7. Set up Account on authorcentral.amazon.com /authorcentral.amazon.co.uk
  8. Join  www.goodreads.com
  9. Get your book into the newspapers. Think local. Do your homework, become a story of local interest. ‘Local authors publish book’….
  10. Contact everyone you know and let them know you are a published author. Get some nice testimonials and write ups.
  11. Get into magazines.
  12. Have book signings if possible in local bookshops.
  13. Focus on an event, or an accomplishment, not about purchasing the book.
  14. Keep thinking about ways to get you and your book in the paper.
  15. Write your next book.
  16. Most important of all enjoy what you are doing ……..and don’t take it too serious.

 

(c) Dolores Keaveney July 2012

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JUST RECENTLY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS.

I AM A LONG TIME SPONSOR WITH THE CHILDRENS CHARITY PLAN IRELAND AND PLAN WERE CELEBRATING THEIR 75 ANNIVERSITY AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ASKED AND WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY WE HAD AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW....

MEETING THE PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS

 

MEETING THE PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS

 

 

 

 

Wonderful review by Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Blog, Childrens Book Buyer, Dubray Bookshop Galway......

Beelicious Recipes With Honey... out now!

Due to be launched this Sunday (22nd April) and out in your favourite bookshops NOW; a great new cookery book for young children by author Dolores Keaveney (If I Were a Bee and Jenny, the Little Brown Hen) from Mullingar. I was privileged to receive a preview copy and have an early look at Beelicious Recipes With Honey. It's simply delightful in every way, and very useful both to help develop an active interest in healthy eating (and cooking!) in children and in teaching children of all ages about that wonderful, productive and incredibly necessary insect friend; the honeybee. I thoroughly recommend this lovely new cookery book for children... every household should have one!
Here's my review:

"There’s no doubt about it. Children love to cook. This beautiful new cookery book is just the thing to introduce cooking into their lives. Colourful and joyful illustrations take the whole family on a journey through the kitchen with simple, clear recipes for scones, pancakes, cakes and smoothies that even the youngest can make and enjoy. All made with honey! This book isn’t only a ‘how-to’, though. It is chocked full of interesting information about one of our worlds’ most valuable creatures; the honey bee.  We’ve tried a few of them here at home and I’ve got to tell you, the results are satisfying and delicious!
Easy to make, even easier to eat, bright and happy; Beelicious: Recipes With Honey is more than a welcome addition to your cookery book collection. It’s a book that will generate an active interest in nutrition and environment and will promote family togetherness."
And here's the link for Dolores' own website where you can learn more about Dolores, her artwork, her books.... everything you need to know!

MAY 2012

May 4th. Just back for a fantastic week in the Tyrone Gutrie Centre where I spend the whole week painting large paintings.   I am delighted with the result and I hope to have an exhibition sometime in the near future.   Tyrone Gutrie Centre is a magnificant place full of wonderful people and is magical.  I will always remember my week there.

 

 

Had a fantastic day at the launch of Beelicious recipes in Red Earth on 22nd it was a great day and everyone enjoyed it.

 

APRIL 2012

All set and ready to launch Beelicious reciipes with Honey on next Sunday 22nd April 3.30 RED EARTH MULLINGAR.   Really looking forward to the launch. 

 

GOT THIS GREAT TESTIMONIAL TODAY

o    This is direct from a text i had earlier today from Alanna. "will you please tell dolores that the kids loved Jenny today. they were mo enthusiastic about this book than any other i read in the entire three weeks!! they loved the pictures and wanted to touch the pages. when we were talking about the cover i asked why they thought there was only one name on the book instead of two and they were amazed that she was the author AND illustrator. Were completely bowled over with the idea that my mam actually knew the author. I really want to go back when its on utube and show it to them or at least let the class teacher know and she will show it to them" thought i should share that with you, was a big hit and wait till tomorrow when the bees are introduced. Mae

FEBRUARY 2012

 

READING IN MILLTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL

TESTIMONIAL

  The Children in Milltown N.S.Rathconrath had a very entertaining and educational morning with Dolores.The children from junior Infants up to second class got to listen to some wonderful stories. The beautiful stories, If I were a bee and Jenny The Little Brown Hen had all the children completely engaged.The children learned so much about bees and honey and had the opportunity to see honeycomb and the work that the bees do.They also had a chance to look closely at a sunflower and see where the seeds come from. It was very hands on and the children loved it! They were fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed listening to these beautiful stories!


 

FEBRUARY   2012

 MY DAUGHTER IN LAW AND MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE ALSO VERY BUSY TRYING AND TESTING ALL THE RECIPES IN THEIR BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN.   I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK.

Beelicious Cookbook

WELL WE ARE INTO FEBRUARY ALREADY AND I AM EXTREMELY BUSY AT THE MOMENT.   I WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW BOOK MID APRIL CALLED BEELICIOUS RECIPES USING HONEY.    I SEEM TO BE GUIDED BACK TO THE BEE AGAIN.   ONE DAY I WAS WITH MY FRIEND MARIA AND SHE SUGGESTED THAT I WRITE A CHILDRENS COOK BOOK  USING HONEY AND THE BEE THEME.   I THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE AND INSTEAD OF LAUNCHING ANOTHER BOOK WHICH I HAD IN MIND I WENT AHEAD WITH THE COOK BOOK FOR KIDS.  I HAVE HAD A GREAT TIME FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS PAINTING, AND COOKING AND WITH THE HELP OF MY VERY GOOD FRIEND LUCY TORMEY, SHE DOES ALL MY GRAPHICS WE ARE HALF WAY THERE.  

 

FEBRUARY 2012

HAD TWO GREAT SESSIONS IN MOATE AND ATHLONE LIBRARIES WHICH I ENJOYED GREATLY.   THE CHILDREN WERE ALL WONDERFUL, VERY ATTENTIVE. 

 

 

JUST TO SAY THAT WE ARE AT THE END OF 2011.  WHAT A YEAR I HAD.  IT WAS AMAZING.

I LAUNCHED TWO NEW BOOKS.  FIRST I LAUNCHED AN IRISH VERSION OF JENNY CALLED JENNY AN CHEARC BHEAG DHONN  IN MARCH OF 2011 WITH THE GREAT AND MUCH APPRECIATED HELP OF FORAS NA GAEILGE

THIS IRISH BOOK WAS ON THE RECOMMENDED LIST IN CBI MAGAZINE.

ALSO THE IRISH BOOK WAS ON THE RECOMMENDED IRISH TIMES READING LIST OF IRISH BOOKS 2011

THEN I LAUNCHED EARTH ANGELS ARE EVERYWHERE IN SEPTEMBER 2011 IN CONJUNCTION WITH PLAN IRELAND A CHILDRENS CHARITY OF WICH I AM A CHILDREN'S SPONSOR.

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR ON NATIONWIDE.

I HAD MY EARTH ANGEL BOOK HIGHLIGHTED ON LIVELINE WITH JOE DUFFY IN DECEMBER ALONG WITH UP TO 78 OTHER SELF PUBLISHED BOOKS.  

MY BOOKS WERE MENTIONED BY BENJI BENNETT ON IRISH TIMES TO BUY LIST FOR CHILDREN 2011.

I READ MY BOOKS IN MANY LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN 2011.

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS YEAR SO AMAZING FOR ME.

NOW ON TO 2012, ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.   I AM REALLY LOOKING FORDWARD TO IT.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW 

 
BRILLIANT BOOK REVIEW FROM
Fallen Star Stories: Picture Books  MARY ESTHER JUDY. I AM DELIGHTED AND VERY GRATEFUL TO MARY FOR THIS.
 
 
  Books
 Author/Illustrator: Dolores Keaveney
I wanted to point out two very lovely, wonderful picture books by
 
Irish author, Dolores Keaveney.
If I Were A Bee
Told in a rhythmic and repetitive rhyme, If I Were A Bee takes us on a journey through all the possible activities of a honeybee making its’ way across garden, field and meadow. The text is wonderful, but what really makes this book is the brilliant, lively illustrations which tells the story on their own. Younger children can be seen pouring over the pages again and again, each time noticing something new. If I Were A Bee is clearly a labour of love and a pure joy.
Jenny The Little Brown Hen
Another gift from Dolores Keaveney is the wonderful picture book , Jenny the Little Brown Hen. Jenny lives in the farmyard and she has friends, but no one who is like her. Jenny is lonely until a striking and elegant rooster moves in. And before too long, they have six lively baby chicks to keep them company. Jenny will never be lonely again! The illustrations are rich, contemporary and textural, and perfectly accentuate this story about friendship, loneliness and happiness. This absolute delight of a book has also been translated into the Irish language, ‘Jenny, an Cearc Bheag Dhonn.’
 

 

  CHILDRENS BOOK FESTIVAL 2011 OCTOBER Just back from Cork libraries had a wonderful time reading to the best group of kids.  Thanks to all the teachers and librarians for their hospitality.  I really enjoyed my tour.

 

1st and 2nd Classes visit the City Library for the Children’s Book Festival

1st and 2nd Classes spent an enjoyable hour listening to Dolores Keaveney, author and illustrator, reading from her books. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about bees and the collecting of honey.

 

Dolores Keaveney reading from her books

Dolores Keaveney reading from her books

 

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Spent two days in Wexford area, Bunclody, Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford town reading in libraries.   Great two days.  Thanks to all the libraries and teachers in Wexford. 

 

Just started my library reading tour and kicked off in Cavan libraries.  I had a great two days reading to fantastic children in Bailieborough /Coothill/Cavan libraries.  Kids were great.

 

RECOMMENDED READING LIST BY CHILDRENS BOOK IRELAND 

My Irish book Jenny an chearc bheag dhonn.... is now on the CBI recommended reading list for Schools and Libraries for 2011/2012. I am delighted about this.

 

BOOK LAUNCH BELVEDERE, EARTH ANGELS ARE EVERYWHERE  September 2011

Had a fantastic night at book launch. I wish to thank everyone who came and supported me on the night. 

Overseas children charity, Plan Ireland is pleased to announce that our nationwide series of photographic exhibitions is coming to Belvedere House, Mullingar on 29th September.  As well as the photo exhibition, we will also be hosting the official launch of a new book by local author and Plan Ireland sponsor, Dolores Keaveney. 

The exhibition, called “Through a Girl’s Eyes”, comprises images from Plan’s work with children in the developing world and explores issues such as the motivations involved in rural-to-urban migration, the effects of the global economic downturn on developing countries, education as key to poverty elimination, child trafficking, the potential of technology in moving girls out of poverty and much more. The photographs offer us a glimpse at a different world, one filled with peril, but also with opportunity. A world where Plan is centrally positioned to bring about change. 

Long-term Plan supporter and Mullingar native, Dolores Keaveney, will be there on the night to launch her new book, entitled “Earth Angels are everywhere, are you one?”  The book looks at the small kind acts of everyday life and the thoughtful moments that make a difference. Through it’s wonderful thoughts and quotes, Dolores highlights man’s humanity to man and poses the question, do you make a difference?

A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to Plan Ireland to continue our work overseas.  Dolores has been a Plan supporter for over twenty years and it is our pleasure to team up with her for this exciting event.    

  

Got this amazing review from Babbleabout Books. www.babbleabout.co.uk

If I were a bee…. written and illustrated by Dolores Keaveney    Follow the journey of a bee as it dances on bright, yellow sunflowers, drinks nectar from smiling, red poppies and buzzes round gardens full of pretty, pink foxgloves.   A gentle, rhyming text perfectly accompanies vibrant and colourful illustrations of flowers and meadows, apples and trees.   You really sense the delight of the bee on its journey and we are reminded that we must work together with the natural world to protect it for all future inhabitants – including bees!  Age 1+

Jenny the little brown hen written and illustrated by Dolores Keaveney    This is a simple and very charming story of a little brown hen who lives and potters about each day at the bottom of Sean and Kathleen’s garden.   She seems to have everything a little hen could possibly wish for – lots of space to run around in, beautiful flowers and trees to admire, seeds and grass to eat and lots of visitors to chat with – a little robin, a busy bee and Ellie and Greg, two little children who call on her often.    But Jenny is lonely.   Then, Sylvester the Rooster comes to stay and Jenny’s life changes forever.   Age 1+

Dolores Keaveney is an artist/painter who has been inspired to write and illustrate children’s books since becoming a grandmother to her “four beautiful grandchildren”.  And with great determination Dolores has self-published her books.   If I were a bee… was launched in May 2009 and is well into its second print run already.   Jenny the little brown hen soon followed in August 2010 and it too has been very successful which is not surprising given the beauty of Dolores’ paintings.   Visit her website to purchase prints and to download a colour-me-in picture from If I were a bee….

 READINGS IN ROSCOMMON LIBRARIES SUMMER 2011

Had three great readings in Ballaghaderreen, Castlerea and Boyl Libraries in July 2011.   The libraries were packed with wonderful children and I had a brilliant time reading to them.   They were a fantastic bunch of kids and were very attentive.  I met some great Librarians who organised the events.  Well done to everyone.

  THE BOOK CENTRE WEXFORD JULY 2011

Had a fantastick day in Wexford Book Centre.  They pulled out all the stops and had face painting, crafts, and even a live Jenny the little brown hen.  The put on a beautiful window display of my books and I had a great day.  Thanks to everyone in The Book Centre Wexford for all their help.

 

 

 PLOUGHING 2011

Met  Sean Gallagher at the Ploughing where I had a stand.   He is a perfect gentleman and I wish him the very best of good luck in his race to the Aras.  I hope he succeeds

 

 

THE BOOK CENTRE WEXFORD JULY 2011

I will be down in the Book Center this Saturday at 12.00 reading my books.  Looking forward to it.

 

TALL SHIPS WATERFORD 2011

Attended the Tall Ships in Waterford and spent some time on the Core Craft Design Craft Stand, who were selling lots of great craft from crafters in Westmeath and Offaly area together with my books.   I had a great day and I wish to thank all who called to the stand and bought my books.   Without you well where would I be.

 

JUNE 2001 JIGSAW

I am in the process of getting a jig saw made which will be an image from my book if I were a bee.... It will be the front cover and I hope to have it in about six weeks.   I am very excited about this.  I saw the art work for it and it looks great.

LAUNCH OF MADE IN WESTMEATH IN CORE CRAFT DESIGN BALLINAHOWAN 2011

 Launch of Made in Westmeath

JUNE 2011. WORK IN PROGRESS

I am presently working on a book called Earth Angels are everywhere.  It is a book for everyone young and old.  I hope to have this book launched by October.  It is different as it is not a childrens picture book but it could be read to children. 

READINGS IN LIBRARIES JUNE 2011

 Read my books in Gealscoile Coillin, Mullingar, Kinnegad NS, Castlejordan NS St.Brigids, Singland, Limerick.   I had a fantastic time in all the schools and the children were just amazing.  They were very attentive and courteous and participated by asking lots of questions.

St. Brigids Singland, Limerick made a fantastic effort for my visit.  They planted a garden with the same flowers that are in my book if I were a bee... in the shape of a honeycomb.   They took me on a tour and it was just wonderful to see the interest they took and they took great delight in pointing out all the flowers and they could name each and every one of them.    I was honoured.  Testimonial

 'Dolores and her bee puppet buzzed around the classroom to the delight of the children, filling their minds with knowledge of insects and flowers in their immediate environment in a meaningful and imaginative way.'

 REVIEW FROM DUBLIN ZOO BOOK CLUB MAY 2011

Just 6 children turned up but they were all so interested and they just loved the ‘Little Brown Hen’.. had great fun discussing- i.e. how did the story begin; when did it begin; how did ‘Jenny’ feel and did they think it may a difference when she met Sylvester!

Conor (8)  ‘ I loved the story so much I read it more than 10 times).   Jill (7) ‘Jenny was happy when she had her own family..it’s nice to have a family’

2 of them particularly talked about the lovely pictures. I was really impressed and they were very articulate.  I  have a very good feeling about this event and a huge  big thank you to you for kicking it off.

 

If I were a Bee is next book- so just talked about the ‘honey’ bee and the importance of bees and insects and read just a few lines.

Afterwards we talked about other books and what they liked to read/had read.  Time flew by so yes indeed a very good morning indeed.

 

 

Top 10 Favourite Irish Authors as voted

by the users of Offaly Libraries

 

 

 delighted to hear that, in a recent poll of readers in libraries in County Offaly, I was voted 5th Favourite Irish Author The list went like the:

1.Oisin McGann

 

2.Marita Conlon-McKenna
3.David Donohue
4.Eoin Colfer
5.Dolores Keaveney
6.John Boyne
7.Roddy Doyle
8.Judy Curtin
9.(Joint Place) Derek Landy, Maeve Binchy and John Connolly
Of the international authors, Roald Dahl came first, followed by Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.
The poll was held as part of the library service’s World Book Day celebrations, and nearly seven hundred people took part. I wish to say that I am absolutely thrilled about this.  I wish to thank everyone who voted for me and to say I hope to see you all again soon. Dolores 

 

 

 
 
 
EASONS MY NEW DISTRIBUTOR  APRIL 2011
 
I have just got my first order from EASONS DUBLIN.   I am so very happy about this.   Since I launched my first book I have been longing to get them into EASONS and today I have.   Thank you.
 
 
 
CRAFT FAIR IN BELVEDERE APRIL 2011 SELF SUFFICIENCY WEEKEND
 
Had a wonderful weekend in Belvedere House Gardens and Park at their Self Sufficiency weekend.  I met a lot of fantastic people and a big thanks to everyone who purchased my books.  
 
 
NATIONWIDE APPEARANCE APRIL 2011
 
I have had a fantastic response to my appearance on Nationwide.   It was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.   I have had tons and tons of emails, texts from so many people.   I wish to thank everyone who supported me with their good wishes.    I have also had a great response from bookshops and from people buying my books.   Thank you everyone.
 
 
READING IN DUBLIN ZOO APRIL 2011
 
My book Jenny the little brown hen..... was used as the first book that their new CHILDRENS BOOK CLUB would read.    I was asked up as a guest to read for the children.   I had a fantastic day and I hope the children did too.  They will take the book home, read it and then give their opinion on it in one month when they will return to the Zoo.   My first book IF I WERE A BEE......will then be used at their second book.   I am delighted about this.
 
 
READING IN BOTANIC GARDENS MARCH 2011
 
I was asked to read my book If I WERE A BEE..... in the Botanic Gardens as part of the launch of the YEAR OF THE BEE IN IRELAND.  I had a lovely time and everyone enjoyed the reading.
 
 
WINDOW DISPLAY IN PHARMACY IN DUBLIN
 
Images fr om my book If I were a bee.... will be used to do a window display in a Pharmacy in Dublin, opposite Trinity College towards the end of March in conjunction with Burts Bees Product and the launch of the year of the bee....... watch that space.
 
 
MARCH 2011 APPEARANCE ON NATIONWIDE
 
I have been lucky enough to get a slot on Nationwide and the team are coming on 25th March to film and the event will be aired on April 11, so they tell me.    I  have a mentor from Westmeath Enterprise Board and it is with their help and my submission that I have made it onto Nationwide.    I am very excited and looking forward to this and I am a bit nervous as I have never been interviewed by a tv before.  
 
 
 
MARCH 2011  LAUNCH OF  IRISH JENNY
Had a fantastic day in the library launching Jenny and would like to thank Manchan Magan and Siobhan from Ceoltas for helping me have the most amazing launch.  Also to the children who came and also my family and friends.   Email from the Westmeath Library:

 

This week I got a lovely review for all my books in Womans Way magazine

"Beautifully illustrated, Dolores' books will capture your child's imagination, while introducing them to nature and friendship.." Woman's Way

 

 

 FEBRUARY 2011 LAUNCH OF JENNY AN CHEARC BHEAG DHONN...

Jenny an chearc bheag dhonn....... will be launched in Mullingar Library, on 10th March 2011 by the Mullingar Library at 3.00 p.m.   All are welcome.

I am delighted to say the Manchan Magan the well known author, tv presenter  tg4 will launch the book for me.  He also gave me a wonderful endorsement for the book.

I was delighted also to get a beautiful endorsement from Siobhan Parkinson, award wining author.

I am presently attending beginners Irish to brush up on the small amount of Irish that I do have.  Tha athas mor orm.

JANUARY 2011  - WORK IN PROGRESS

Delighted to report that I have just got a grant from An Foras na Gaeilge to translate one of my books Jenny the little brown hen.... into the Irish language.  I am delighted.   I hope to launch this book in March of this year all going well.  I am now going to have to take lessons in beginners Irish and I have booked in to Ceoltas in Mullingar so that I can say a few words in Irish.   I remember going on my holidays with my family many years ago to An Spideal and Connemara and felt that I was in a foreign country because I couldnt understant a word they were saying as they were all speaking Irish.   What a shame, I felt awful and always wanted to speaki a few words.   Well I now have my chance.

 DECEMBER 2010

Had a great few weekends at Craft Fairs around the country and met lots of lovely people.   I love the fairs and they are a bit addictive.  Couldnt imagin Christmas without them.

NOVEMBER 2010 KENNYS BOOKSHOP GALWAY

I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to sign both my books in Kennys Bookshop Galway, who are celebrating their 17th Aniversity on Saturday 27th November 2010.   There will be at least 60 other authors signing on the day and I am truly blessed to have been asked to join  them.

 

BELVEDERE HOUSE WINTER FAIR 2010

Just spent three days in Belvedere House Gardens and Park at the Winter Fair there.  What a fantastic turn out.  The place was jumping and people were not afraid to spend some money supporting local art and craft.   It was a great succes expecially in these depressing times.    I hope it is a sign of things to come and that people are getting out and about and enjoying themselves.  Life is too short.

CLARE CRAFT FAIRS 2010

Started the xmas craft fairs and I had a great weekend in Ennis and Killaloe Co. Clare and met some great people.  Thanks to everyone who supported me and my books.d 

OCTOBER 28TH 2010 CHILDRENS BOOK FESTIVAL MONTH READINGS IN LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS

I have just finished my readings of my two childrens books in libraries throughout the country, as part of the Childrens Book Festival month.    I had a great time and met some fantastic children, librarians and teachers.  

OCTOBER 2010 PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIP IN ATHY

OCTOBER 01 Just recovered after three days at the Ploughing Championships in Athy.  Had a great few days and met lots and lots of fantastic people.  Its a great event and very well run.

BOOK LAUNCH JENNY THE LITTLE BROWN HEN 12TH AUGUST 2010 ISBN NUMBER 978-0-9562616-1-8

On Thursday evening 12th August Belvedere House Gardens & Park hosted the launch of my second book Jenny the little brown hen.   It was a magical launch with such a fantastic turnout.   I am blessed to have so  many friends and people who came along on the night to support me and I wish to thank everyone who did so.  Without you this book cannot be a success. There were lots and lots of children at the launch and they enjoyed the colouring, face painting and the goodies.   This book is self published, as was If I were a bee... so I am doing the distribution myself.  It is hard work but very rewarding.  I am working on getting a distributor but it is difficult to do this with a self published book.

WORK IN PROGRESS

My new book Jenny the little brown hen will be launched in Belvedere House & Gardens, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on Thursday August 12th at 6.30. p.m. All are welcome especially the kids.   I hope to have face painting and colouring, lots of goodies to eat.  My friend Gina will read the new book and I will have it for sale there on the night.   Its price is 9.99 euro and I will sign all copies.   I will also have posters from the pages of the book for sale.  These will cost 10 euro each and are a fantastic addition to the book.  I look forward to seeing you there.

I am working  hard at the moment getting together my new book Jenny the Little Brown Hen.......with the help of my good friend and neighbour Lucy Tormey whose  help is invaluable. It is looking very good and I am very excited about this little book.   I hope to launch this book  in August 2010.  So keep an eye out for date.

READING IN SWEETS KILBEGGAN

I had a great morning last Friday reading to the children who were attending a Computer Camp in SWEETS Kilbeggan.   I was amazed to see how they had created a powerpoint presentation on bees in just four days.  Well done to all.

LIBRARY READINGS IN BIRR AND EDENDERRY APRIL 2010

I read to the children of Edenderry, and Birr and had a great response.  I did a trial run with Jenny the Little Brown hen.....and the children loved it. 

LIBRARY READINGS IN CASTLEPOLLARD APRIL 2010

I did a reading for the children of Castepollard in the beautiful library there and the children really enjoyed this event.  Thanks to Nichola and all in Castlepollard Library for their help and assistance.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIRS 2009

I will be attending Christmas Craft fairs around the country selling my book and prints from the book and original miniature watercolours. I will be in and the Winter Fair in Dalkey on the 13th, 14th, and 15th November. The Winter fair in Belvedere on the 20th 21st, and 22nd November. Tullamore Christmas Craft Fair on 29th November. The Sligo Christmas Craft Fair in the Clarion Hotel on the 5th and 6th December but to name a few.

LIBRARY READINGS IN MULLINGAR LIBRARY 2009

Had a lovely day reading to children from Mullingar schools in the beautiful new library in my home town of Mullingar.   My thanks to Paula Dornan and Catherine Kelly for their help and encouragement.  I had a great day.

CHILDRENS BOOK FESTIVAL WEEK OCTOBER 2009  READINGS IN KILKENNY, WATERFORD, WEXFORD

I have just come back from reading my book in libraries in Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Mullingar. I read to 12 different classes of children. I had a fantastic time. The children all enjoyed my readings. I got great feedback from libraries and teachers and have been asked back. I brought a miniature beehive, sunflowers, foxgloves, beekeepers suit and I spoke to the children about the flowers and the bee and how important the bee is to everyone. The children were fantastic and asked lots of interesting questions. My thanks to Niamh Baldwin for her help.

FEEDBACK & COMMENTS FROM READINGS:

"Thanks very much for coming. All the feedback from the schools has been very positive.
They all enjoyed themselves thoroughly and the sessions were a great success.

Hopefully we will see you again soon and if our budget permits we will definitely
be booking you again for next year!"

Niamh Baldwin - Waterford Library


"I would just like to extend our thanks to you for your participation in our festival this year. Your involvement was greatly valued and contributed hugely to the success of the festival and most importantly the children’s enjoyment of the festival.

The children left with a sense of excitement about reading, writing and illustrating, brought alive for them by the authors and illustrators who visited our libraries. I hope you enjoyed your tour of Wexford as much as the children enjoyed your visit.

Looking forward to working with you again in the future."

Sinead O'Gorman - Executive Librarian  WEXFORD

 

TALK TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS OF ST JOHN OF GOOD SCHOOL WATERFORD 2009


I also spoke to parents of St. John of Gods primary school regarding how I made the book and how to encourage their children to read.

"It was a pleasure to welcome you to St. John of God School. We enjoyed your talk and got great feed back the following day. I had enquiries about your book too and told people where they could purchase it. It's a wonderful book and the story of how it came to be is fascinating. Best wishes for the future and I'll keep an eye out for "Jenny the little brown hen"!"

Kind regards - Jean

Any questions you may have you can  simply send to me via the contact page of this website.

 

JUST TO SAY THAT WE ARE AT THE END OF 2011.  WHAT A YEAR I HAD.  IT WAS AMAZING.

I LAUNCHED TWO NEW BOOKS.  FIRST I LAUNCHED AN IRISH VERSION OF JENNY CALLED JENNY AN CHEARC BHEAG DHONN  IN MARCH OF 2011 WITH THE GREAT AND MUCH APPRECIATED HELP OF FORAS NA GAEILGE

THIS IRISH BOOK WAS ON THE RECOMMENDED LIST IN CBI MAGAZINE.

ALSO THE IRISH BOOK WAS ON THE RECOMMENDED IRISH TIMES READING LIST OF IRISH BOOKS 2011

THEN I LAUNCHED EARTH ANGELS ARE EVERYWHERE IN SEPTEMBER 2011 IN CONJUNCTION WITH PLAN IRELAND A CHILDRENS CHARITY OF WICH I AM A CHILDREN'S SPONSOR.

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR ON NATIONWIDE.

I HAD MY EARTH ANGEL BOOK HIGHLIGHTED ON LIVELINE WITH JOE DUFFY IN DECEMBER ALONG WITH UP TO 78 OTHER SELF PUBLISHED BOOKS.  

MY BOOKS WERE MENTIONED BY BENJI BENNETT ON IRISH TIMES TO BUY LIST FOR CHILDREN 2011.

I READ MY BOOKS IN MANY LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN 2011.

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS YEAR SO AMAZING FOR ME.

NOW ON TO 2012, ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.   I AM REALLY LOOKING FORDWARD TO IT.

Testimonials

BRILLIANT REVIEW BY MARY ESTHER JUDY FALLEN STAR REVIEW

Here's two new picturebooks from the very busy Dolores Keaveney...

MEET THE FAIRIES IN MY BACKYARD
author/illustrator: Dolores Keaveney
Dbee Press
ISBN:9780957191723
Every young child loves fairies. In this vibrant new picture book, we turn to the back garden to meet an array of them. A modern 'Flower Fairies', there a quite a few all around us, hovering in among the poppies, foxgloves, the lily pond and the herb patch. We'll find them anytime of time and everywhere we look! Written in clear and straight-forward rhyme, we are taken on a delightful foray that encourages exploration of the outside world and appreciation of everything in view, made easy to remember by the fairy association with each plant and backyard locale. The illustrations are bright and painterly, an absolute joy on each page. A simply wonderful picturebook for all that says "Get outside! You never know who'll you'll find there!"

THE ADVENTURES OF JENNY AND SYLVESTER....and their six little chicks
author/illustrator: Dolores Keaveney
Dbee Press
ISBN:9780957191730
Remember Jenny, the lonely little brown hen? Back to the farm we go in this charming update. Well, of course we know she isn't lonely any more, since she met Sylvester and hatched six lively chicks. But sometimes Jenny wonders what's beyond their hen house... sometimes, she just wants an adventure. So one day, off the cheeky chicken family go into the great wide world to see what they can see.  With Keaveney's trademark vivid and delectable illustration style, she weaves a warm and wonderful story that speaks of exploration, discovery and coming home, this is sure to be a favourite that children will want to hear over and over again, as they spend hours pondering over the pages. I love it!b

BEAUTIFUL RECOMMENDATION FOR ONE OF MY NEXT BOOKS THE ADVENTURES OF JENNY, SYLVESTER AND THEIR SIX LITTLE CHICKS FROM PATRICIA FORDE AWARD WINNING AUTHOR www.patriciaforde.com

Illustrated with vibrant pictures bursting with colour,  Dolores Keaveney spins a sensitive story of lazy hens and Summer days, great adventures,  and the warmth of home.  Be warned!  This is the kind of story that children will want read to them again, and again and again…"

 

cover of The Adventure of Jenny%2C Sylvester and their Six Little Chicks


 

 

 

 

 

This is a lovely recommendation from Grainne Clear RTEjr.

 

Meet the Fairies in My Back Yard educates young readers on the many types of plants and flowers in their garden, as well as the beautiful fairy folk who live amongst their leaves. Its bright illustrations and rhyming text will make it appealing to any young reader, but it will be especially well received by children with an interest in the natural or magical world.

Grainne Clear RTEjr Little Pages

 

Book Cover%3A Meet the fairies in my backyard

 

NESSA’S REVIEW

A couple of months ago I was very kindly sent some books by Westmeath author Dolores Keaveney. I was already familiar with Dolores's books as we had taken them on loan, on a couple of occasions, from the library. It initially was Fionn who was attracted to the look of the books, as they are so vibrant in colour but also contain the beautiful illustrated paintings which are familiar scenes of hens, bees and gardens. Dolores is one talented lady as she not only writes the stories but also illustrates each book. She currently has written one spiritual book and four children's picture books including her latest book Beelicious -Recipes with Honey, which is a cookbook for children. The beautiful part to this cookbook is the involvement of Dolores's family, especially her young granddaughter Ellie, who helped devise the recipes. Again this book, no different from the others, is beautifully illustrated and as an added bonus, throughout the book there are interesting facts about bees and honey. A few evenings ago Tiarnan and I made Ellie's Flapjacks from Beelicious and they really worked out a treat. This little cookbook has some real gems of recipes and ones that are especially tailored for the younger cooks in the house.

Ellie's Flapjacks

250g / 10oz butter
100g/ 4 oz soft brown sugar
30 mls honey
20mls golden syrup
350g/ 14 oz porridge oats

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas 4. Grease a baking tray.
2. In a medium sized saucepan add all the ingredients, apart from the porridge oats, and slowly melt stirring regularly.
3. Take from the heat and stir in the oats.  Turn into the prepared tin and with a wooden spoon press down well.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 -25 minutes. Cool, in the tin, on a wire rack.

Wonderful review from Mary Esther Judy, Bookbuyer Dubray Bookshop Galway ...from Fallen Star Blog....

Beelicious Recipes With Honey... out now!

Due to be launched this Sunday (22nd April) and out in your favourite bookshops NOW; a great new cookery book for young children by author Dolores Keaveney (If I Were a Bee and Jenny, the Little Brown Hen) from Mullingar. I was privileged to receive a preview copy and have an early look at Beelicious Recipes With Honey. It's simply delightful in every way, and very useful both to help develop an active interest in healthy eating (and cooking!) in children and in teaching children of all ages about that wonderful, productive and incredibly necessary insect friend; the honeybee. I thoroughly recommend this lovely new cookery book for children... every household should have one!
Here's my review:

"There’s no doubt about it. Children love to cook. This beautiful new cookery book is just the thing to introduce cooking into their lives. Colourful and joyful illustrations take the whole family on a journey through the kitchen with simple, clear recipes for scones, pancakes, cakes and smoothies that even the youngest can make and enjoy. All made with honey! This book isn’t only a ‘how-to’, though. It is chocked full of interesting information about one of our worlds’ most valuable creatures; the honey bee.  We’ve tried a few of them here at home and I’ve got to tell you, the results are satisfying and delicious!
Easy to make, even easier to eat, bright and happy; Beelicious: Recipes With Honey is more than a welcome addition to your cookery book collection. It’s a book that will generate an active interest in nutrition and environment and will promote family togetherness."
And here's the link for Dolores' own website where you can learn more about Dolores, her artwork, her books.... everything you need to know!

Testimonial from Siobhan Parkinson Childrens Laureate

Scéilín gleoite do leanaí óga

 

Siobhán Parkinson

Laureate na nÓg

Publisher, Little Island

 

 

TESTIMONIAL FROM MANCHAN MAGAN AUTHOR

 

Spiorad gliondrach sa scéilín gleoite seo, le híomhánna mealltacha agus ábhar dóchasach, dearfach – grá gan srian don nádúr soiléir i ngach léaráid.    

Manchán Magan, údar, láithreoir TG4 

  

A delightful quirky tale with alluring images and an infectious positive tone - each page infused with an overwhelming love of nature. 

Manchán Magan, author, travel documentary-maker 

 

  ATHLONE LIBRARY 2011


 

 

 

Dolores 

  

Many thanks for your wonderful sessions today. We are still talking about it here. I truly enjoyed them as did the children, we have just had two of them back in to change their library books with their Mam. Jenny the hen is being stamped out for them to bring home at this moment. Their Mam said they talked about nothing else since she picked them up from school!!! 

They want to know will you be here next Thursday again!!!! 

It was a real pleasure to meet you and I have no doubt we will see you again. Best of luck tomorrow and looking forward to seeing you on Nationwide.  

  

Best regards 

 

Mae

 

 

Testimonial from Mullingar Library 2011 

 

 

 Dolores, 

 

Thank you so much for giving us here in the Library the opportunity to help launch you newly translated book. We were really delighted to be involved and we loved working with you.

You made the experience a pleasure :) 

On the day we had great fun and judging from the photos so did everyone else :)It was easy for us here in the Library to get behind this event because like so many Librarians around the country we just think your books are something very special and visually so beautiful.

I believe they are going to take you on a fantastic journey and I think I speak for everyone when I say that I can not wait for the next one :)

I have sent you on all of John's pictures and pdf of photos that Dearbhla put together for us :)

 

 

Thanking you for your   kindness and patience, Wishing you all the best,

 

Cailin.

TESTIMONIAL LONGFORD LIBRARY 2010

 

 

Dolores
Thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job here last week with the children from local primary schools. We got excellent feedback from teachers and I could see myself how you involved the children and held their total attention. It has generated a lot of interest in your books and we are very grateful to you for spending the day with us.
Kind regards
 
Mary CarletonReynolds
Longford County Librarian

 

    FROM ADRIAN WHITE OF DUBRAY BOOKS OCTOBER 2010   

 

 

Dolores,

I intend using your original email to Dubray as an example of how to approach a retailer at a self-publishing conference this coming weekend - is this okay?

Basically, because you spelt out what you'd done so far, could direct me to your website for further info, and had obviously supplied all bibliographical details to Nielsen, resulting in being on Amazon - these all made me feel inclined to help you get in touch with Argosy. 6 out of 8 Dubray shops now stock both your books (we still leave the buying decision to the local managers) and while this doesn't necessarily amount to much it does show that tiny steps do sometimes happen. 

I do realize it's a long hard slog getting your book out there and hope you agree to my using your approach as a good example.

Best regards,

Adrian.

   MICHAEL HARDING, AUTHOR, POET, PLAYWRITE : IRISH TIMES 10TH SEPTEMBER 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 So I opened Jenny the Little Brown Hen instead, and turned the pages slowly and smiled at all the lovely images, as I dozed by the open fire and dreamed of a thousand hens....................

 

 

 

  TESTIMONIALS FOR JENNY THE LITTLE BROWN HEN

 

 

 

  Can I congratulate you on your fantastic book.  It is so beautiful, the illustrations are fab, the story is simple and lovely, I am just crazy about it, as is Liam.  You shall HAVE to do a session in the library soon,

 

 Lorna Farrell Library AssistanT Moate Library

 

 

 

TESTIMONIAL FROM JANICE CREER  IF I WERE A BEE.....

 

 

  The bee on the cover attracted my attention and kept my interest throughout the entire book.  With each turn of the page, I found myself in an amazing garden of dreams and wishes.  A delightful experience to share with family and friends.

Janice Creer  (Utha, USA)

TESTIMONIAL FROM MAI NEWE

 "If I were a bee" is the perfect book to ignite a young child's imagination. This delightful book bursts from each page with Dolores's vibrant illustartions and the prose meanders across each page like the lazy, pollen-laden flight of a honeybee. It has a serious side too - native bees are dying out and this is a potential disaster for our planet and our delicate eco-system. The wonderful illustrations of sunflowers, foxgloves, and poppies are an inspiration to create the wild flower gardens that bees love and thrive on. As we read this book to our children and grandchildren we can remind them, and ourselves how important it is to look after our bees. 

 

  Mai Newe - Learning & Development Consultant & Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist

 

 TESTIMONIAL FROM BENJI BENNETT

 

 "Well done on your book it is a great achievement. My son Robbie 3 next month loved it and followed the bee trail with his finger and the poems are lovely, educational and with lots of colour on each page. Well done again".

Benji Bennett
  

 

TESTIMONIAL KENNYS BOOKS

 
"It is bright, colourful and cheerful".

Desi Kenny - Kennys Bookshop

 

 TESTIMONIAL CATHERINE CARROLL

 

 

 

 
"Congratulations on your first publication. My nephew Matthew (6 years old) was thrilled with the story of the bee and fascinated by the colours. His mother was very impressed too since she is an art teacher. I also gave a copy to my grand daughter Eadaoin. She is just eight months now. Deirdre reads it to her. She loves her bedtime story. Looking forward to your next publications Dolores".

Catherine Carroll

 

  TESTIMONIAL CATHERINE, TERRY AND CORMAC MCCABE

 

  "I think the website is great, as is the book. Your illustrations are beautiful. Cormac loved the book too and was so excited reading it. He thought the pictures were beautiful. It really is such a beautiful book".

Catherine, Terry and Cormac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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