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Talewater Press is an imprint of Patience Design Ltd, under which we are republishing English language editions of John Patience's back catalogue of illustrated children's books. Some of these 1980s children's books have been out of print for a while.

Have you been trying to find a new copy to replace a favourite Fern Hollow book you lost? If so, you will find it here. (If you're not already a fan you can get to know 1980s children's bookTales from Fern Hollow here.)

"Your work lives on strong in my house hold. We have made Fern Hollow our model for everyday life in our human world!"

Will Michael, "The CT Naturalist" (click to see Will's Youtube channel)

There are lots of second-hand (used) copies of John's books, including Tales from Fern Hollow, for sale online. Of course, we'd like people to buy our new copies but it can be difficult to spot them amongst all the others. To make this easier, we list below:

  • all 17 individual titles in the Tales from Fern Hollow series, with links to order paperback or hardback versions from your local Amazon.
  • 4 hardback compilations (4 of the individual stories per book) with links to order from Amazon, from other online retailers, or from bookstores by asking for the ISBN shown.

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The Tales from Fern Hollow series

The Seasons in Fern Hollow

40th Anniversary Edition

Brock the Balloonist cover

The one that started it all, now in a new 64-page 40th Anniversary Edition, in both paperback and hardback:
64 pages of detailed, colourful and cheerful illustrations introduce us, through the seasons of the year, to some of the animal characters who went on to appear in the four series that followed through the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Paperback:
  • Hardback:
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers (ask for ISBN 978-1916164666).

 

Original Series 1

Brock the
Balloonist

Brock the Balloonist cover

  • Paperback
  • Hardback
    • Amazon
    • from bookshops & other retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-9162769-7-0).

Mr Rusty's
New House

Mr Rusty's New House front cover

  • Paperback
  • Hardback
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-9162769-8-7).

The Brass Band Robbery

 

The Brass Band Robbery front cover

  • Paperback
  • Hardback
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-9162769-9-4).

Sports Day
 

Mr Rusty's New House front cover

  • Paperback
  • Hardback
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-8384498-0-3)

Adventures in Fern Hollow

Adventures in Fern Hollow)

All four stories above collected together into this 80-page hardback book:
Brock the Balloonist; Mr Rusty's New House; The Brass Band Robbery; and Sports Day.

  • Amazon
  • To order from bookshops and other online retailers, ask for ISBN 978-1916112599

Original Series 2

The Unscary
Scarecrow

The Unscary Scarecrow (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - pre-order now (publication: 20/07/2021)
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-8384498-1-0).

Sigmund's
Birthday Surprise

Sigmund's Birthday Surprise (Tales from Fern Hollow)

  • Paperback
  • Hardback - pre-order now (publication: 20/07/2021)
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-8384498-2-7).

Parson Dimly's
Treasure Hunt

Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt (The Seasons in Fern Hollow)

  • Paperback
  • Hardback - pre-order now (publication: 20/07/2021)
    • Amazon
    • or from bookshops and other online retailers
      (ISBN: 978-1-8384498-3-4).

Muddles
at the Manor

Muddles at the Manor (Tales from Fern Hollow)

  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

 

 

Happy Ending Stories from Fern Hollow

Happy Endings Stories from Fern Hollow cover

All four stories above collected together into this 80-page hardback book:
The Unscary Scarecrow; Sigmund's Birthday Surprise; Muddles at the Manor; Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt

  • Amazon
  • To order from bookshops and other online retailers, ask for ISBN 978-1916112544

Original Series 3

The Tortoise Fair
 

The Tortoise Fair (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

Mrs Merryweather's Letter

Mrs Merryweather's Letter (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

Granny Bouncer's Rescue

Granny Bouncer's Rescue (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

The Midsummer Banquet

The Midsummer Banquet (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

Favourite Stories from Fern Hollow

Favourite Stories from Fern Hollow

 

All four stories above collected together into this 80-page hardback book:
The Tortoise Fair; Mrs Merryweather's Letter; Granny Bouncer's Rescue; and The Midsummer Banquet.
  • Amazon
  • To order from bookshops and other online retailers, ask for ISBN 978-1916164659

 

Original Series 4

Castaways on Heron Island

Castaways on Heron Island
  • Hardback
  • Hardback - coming soon

The Floating Restaurant

The Floating Restaurant (Tales from Fern Holow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

The Mysterious Fortune Tellers

The Mysterious Fortune Tellers (Tales from Fern Holow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

Spike and the Cowboy Band

Spike and the Cowboy Band (Tales from Fern Hollow)
  • Paperback
  • Hardback - coming soon

Bedtime Stories from Fern Hollow

Bedtime Stories from Fern Hollow

All four stories above collected together into this 80-page hardback book:
Castaways on Heron Island; The Floating Restaurant; The Mysterious Fortune Tellers; and Spike and the Cowboy Band.

  • Amazon
  • To order from bookshops and other online retailers, ask for ISBN 978-1916276918

Rainbow's End

A Trip to Granny Rumbletummy's

A Trip to Granny Rumbletummy's  Rainbow's end series by John Patience

Available in paperback

Click here to order from Amazon

Fairytales

Fairytale Favourites Volume 1

Fairytale Favourites Volume 1

Four of the most well-known and well-loved Grimms fairytales are collected together into this 80-page hardback book:
Puss in Boots; Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty; and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

 

Available now:

 

Tales from Fern Hollow by John Patience is a vintage 1980s and 1990s children's book series (1980s kids books) - perfect for those looking for 1980s nostalgia.