Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Jennifer Horn, author and illustrator of a delightfully nostalgic but contemporary fairytale The Precious Plum.
About Author-Illustrator Jennifer Horn
Jennifer Horn is a Brisbane-based freelance illustrator and budding children’s writer. Her debut picture book “The Precious Plum” was released in October 2021 amongst some very musical live book launches. She illustrated the cover of Anthology Angels’ children’s fundraising anthology, Once Upon a Whoops!: Fractured Fairytales and Ridiculous Rhymes (2021). Her short stories have appeared in each of Anthology Angels’ annual publications since 2018: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (2018), Spooktacular Stories (2019) and Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming (2020). Her first Young Adult short story, Faulty Connection, was published in Rhiza Edge’s dystopian and sci-fi anthology, Crossed Spaces earlier this year. She was awarded a Highly Commended for her submission of middle grade illustrations at the 2020 CYA Conference.
With a background in Architecture, Jen draws on her love of stories and adventure to create whimsical illustrations in a Quentin-Blake-inspired squiggle style. She enjoys reading books over local community station Reading Radio, and playing keys, including the piano accordion. She has also been part of Art Department teams on several Brisbane-based films, including Romance on the Menu on Netflix and The Umbrella on Amazon Prime.
About The Precious Plum
When a baker of magical goods for her village attempts to help her good friend the Gentleman, she finds an important ingredient goes missing in the process.
A tale for all who have unwittingly left a piece of themselves behind, The Precious Plum is a whimsical fairytale about finding that sometimes the things we are looking for are right where we left them.
What I like about The Precious Plum
The Precious Plum is a beautiful fable about love and kindness that will appeal to adults as well as to children, or to children as well as to adults.
I have read this book a number of times, and each time, I have been left with a sense of peace and contentment. It makes me want to pause and breathe in all of nature’s beauty, all the joys of the world. It is like a brief interlude stopping to smell the roses but through the words of a book.
The Precious Plum is both contemporary and nostalgic, gently blending facets of traditional fairytales with new interpretations of characters and how they find fulfilment.
The book is about sometimes finding that what we are looking for is right where we left it. It demonstrates that in life — as it is with seeds of the earth, so it is with seeds of the soul — we reap what we sow. What the baker sows in her own garden and the gardens of others are ‘fruits of the soul’ — courage, peace, faith, hope and joy — and she carefully pulls out any weeds that grow, such as regret. All of us, everywhere, need multiple helping of those fruits and there is no better way to ensure their supply than to grow them ourselves.
Although written in prose, the book reads lyrical, like a poem. Horn’s words carry us away to a world of tranquillity. Her beautiful black and white illustrations, touched lightly with gentle hues, add to the mystical feel.
A fable of hope for a more peaceful world which both children and adults will enjoy. I know this is a book that children will ask to read again and again.
Note: I recently prepared some teacher notes for The Precious Plum. They will be available on Jen’s website soon.
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Purchase The Precious Plum
See Jen’s website for a list of brick-and-mortar stockists and online bookstores where you can purchase your own copy of The Precious Plum.
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