Wednesday, 11 May 2011


A chance walk through a local wood and a tiny bridge over a stream has opened up a whole new world of imaginative and literary possibilities. Charlie knew of Winnie the Pooh; the collected tales sit on his shelves; I might even have subjected him to my all-time favourite audio version, as read by Alan Bennett. But we'd not really 'done' A.A.Milne, not seriously. Until now. Because this bridge, and the stream that flowed beneath, demanded that we play a game of Pooh-sticks...

Pooh-sticks, you'll remember, was the game invented by Pooh at the point where the river had ceased worrying whether it was going to get there or not, but just meandered along lazily not really caring. If you don't remember or if - heaven forfend - you've never come across the stories there's a wonderful opportunity to re-acquaint yourselves with them, thanks to Fairy. Because between now and the end of May, they've giving away one of three Winnie the Pooh audio books with these special packs:

And that's not all. Because the team behind this latest promotion have also decided to give away a fantastic personalised toy box stuffed full of Fairy and Winnie-the-Pooh goodies to one lucky reader of Bringing up Charlie. In addition to the three audio books, this treasure chest contains one of each of the following Fairy products: Fabric Softener; Non Bio Gel; a special Fairy blanket and a Winnie the Pooh cuddly toy.

It's like the Generation Game, only better. Because to enter - you don't have to remember any of the prizes just, well...

Well normally, you just have to leave a comment. But that seems a bit too easy. After all, quite apart from what's in the box, the box itself will prove invaluable when it's time to tidy away your children's toys. It's sturdy, roomy and has one of those clever 'soft' hinges so that the lid doesn't close with a finger-trapping bang. They've thought of everything. And if you'd like to win it - as well as what's inside - you'll not only need to leave a comment but tweet about it too. Oh, and click my 'Follow' button if you haven't done already. Oh yes, and buy a book from Dotterel Press. And buy me a drink (mine's a pint, remember?) next time you see me.

No, seriously, any - or all - of the above (apart, maybe, from the drink - although I'll not refuse if I see you at the bar at Cybermummy!) will secure you one entry (just make sure you let me know which entries - other than comments - are yours) and the draw will be made by Charlie this coming Saturday.

Good luck!
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