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Frog face!

Yesterday we were collecting leaves and we found this fantastic frog leaf. Can you see the eyes and the wide froggy mouth?

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Small things in disguise....

Hi,
I'm Stella and I'm visiting my friend Violet. I found a leaf that is shaped like a seahorse and a seed that looks like a flower with a ladybird. I am going to read Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat, which has a ladybird on the cover. I have already read Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot.

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A small thing and a big thing....

This is a petal with water drops on it that I found on my street while I was playing schools. I was playing schools with a big thing I found on my street - a broken drawer that me and my sister turned into a desk. I sent you a photo of that too, just so you could see.
Adelaide

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All a-flutter...

Hello, I'm Torin. I found this wing on a rock in my back yard. It was hard to take a photo of it because it is so small. It's a bit blurry, but that makes it look like it's fluttering.

 

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Tiny and ancient...

Peter Taylor is a writer and illustrator, a very talented calligrapher - and an admirer of small things, just like Violet. 
Peter says: "I love photographing minute fungi growing on the ground and have always collected small things wherever I can find them. When I was a child, I asked adults who we visited as a family if they could spare something small for my 'museum', which I housed in a drawer. Many were very generous and some of the objects must have been in their own families for a long time. When I was 30 and moved from England to Australia in 1982, I worked for a shop owner and his wife who, as soon as the shop finished trading at Saturday lunchtime, took me antique hunting with them - and as you've guessed, while they chose tables and chairs, my attraction was always to the smallest things in each display. Some I've just had to buy, including an ancient Venetian glass bead, a tiny half-groat coin and pages of medieval books that could have easily been hidden if necesary when they were first written. This passion of mine for small things has often been remarked on by my friends, one of whom noted that even my wife is only 5 foot tall."
 
From Peter's collection:
An early 20th century toy: two storks that open, each with a little baby or person inside. These figures the size of a pencil point have jointed limbs that can be moved.

A complete 16 page London evening newspaper dated 1873, the size of CD. 17 lines of type fit in the height of the sharpened end of a pencil.

 

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Violet finds a violet!


 
My name is Violet Powter and look what I found!
This small violet-like flower was growing by itself on our front step. I happened to be wearing my violet shoes when I noticed it, so I asked my Mum to take a photo! We hope you can include it on your blog of small things. 
Thank you for your great pictures of Violet Mackerel.
 
Violet Powter (and my Mum Melita)

 

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On the ground, in the grass

While I was writing the first Violet story, I actually used her Theory of Finding Small Things quite a lot. Early on in the story I was having a little bit of trouble thinking of a good name for Violet's brother (even though I already knew the names of all the rest of her family and knew lots of things about her brother, like that he was a very good violin player). The names I had thought of were Edward, Henry and Sage, but none of those seemed quite right. I went for a walk, as I often do when I'm trying to figure something out, and instead of thinking of a name I found myself thinking about a small friend I have who lives quite close to me and who, like Violet, has a flower name. Just as I was thinking about her I spotted a sprinkling of special confetti on the ground outside the wedding reception centre I was walking past - lots of tiny white-and-rainbow doves. I picked up as many as I could and put them in my pockets and then thought more about my flower-named-friend, since I'd been thinking of her right when I spied the tiny doves. I knew it had to be an important thought but at first it seemed like a bit of a mystery, since I couldn't really give him a girl's flower name! But then I remembered that her big brother's name is Dylan and it was perfect.

- By Anna Branford

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On the swings, in the park...

Hello, my name is Nikau. I'm Sarah's daughter. And I collect small things like Violet Mackerel, and also have the same theory (I got it from Violet!!). Of course, If have looked at Sarah's blog before; you will know that this part was never here before, and this is the first post. So I hope you like it!! Yesterday, while I was on the swings in the park, I saw a little yellow and orange bow that you can clip into your hair like a hair-clip. And guess what I was thinking about? How lovely the park was and that I should go there more often and that it should stay like that for EVER and EVER!! And I think I might need it later in life, like if the park was going to be turned into houses (now that would be TERRIBBLE!!!), and I could convince the government that it shouldn't be turned into kind-of-good buildings!! Anyway, Hope you liked it!!      Nikau!!

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