Congratulations Jim on all you have achieved so far. I took a copy of a Flossie book for review myself and my two (5.5 and 3.5) love the songs and play the CD regularly.
Dressing up and role playing. Well done! We look forward to the next book/CD.
Suzy CatoNew Zealand Children's Entertainer
I made a comment on facebook that not everyone wanted to know about Cracker Jim and Flossie at the market. Shirley responded.
"That's a shame! How could people not want to know Cracker Jim and Flossie? Pete the Pilot is awesome. One year later and still our Grand-Daughter and Grand-son just love this DVD and it is played over and over again every day when they are here at Nana and Grandad's place."
ShirleyProud New Zealand Nana
Just want to share with you how much my son loves playing with his Cracker Jim. I purchased him about 4 years ago from a fair in Whitby where you had a stall.
My son's name is Henry and he is 6 years old and lives in Upper Hutt.
Great book and love that it is so kiwi!
The grandchildren were very pleased with their new Cracker Jim book- and I have to read it over and over and over. Whenever we saw Elena there was no "Hello Granny and Grandpa" just can we read Cracker Jim on your iPad. I know it back to front and upside down!!! Such a success Jim.
Contented GrandmaNew Zealand
We just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying your book Flossie and the Burglars. Our 16 month son received this book from his grandparents. I often find him sitting by our book shelf having pulled the book off the shelf by himself(despite being nestled amongst many) and has sat down to look through it. He loves the pictures and especially loves Flossie! He is usually a very active boy, so it's quite a big deal for him to sit quietly with something he must obviously enjoy. It's such a neat story which we look forward to him understanding when he is older.
Thanks for a lovely kiwi wholesome book!
The children enjoy the books at Daycare. They like the video and are always singing the songs from Dance Around the Farm. When a plane flies over they say, "There's Pete the Pilot. Put Pete the Pilot on, Nana."
Day Care WorkerNew Zealand
My 3year old loves the Cracker Jim books and we saw Cracker Jim at the Market. He stopped in his tracks and said, "Look Mum. There's Cracker Jim! Cracker Jim is real. And he's really real." He was really enthusiastic and waving his arms around.
New Zealand MumNew Zealand
I like the stories and Flossie the Dog. Sometimes I dance around to the DVD and learn stuff. I saw Buddy the horse on the Vet Song.
Gidday Cracker Jim, I just gave your DVD to some children here to watch and they loved it! The children live in a big city, Phnom Penh and they are Khmer/French so English is their second/ third language. They enjoyed the farm scenes and the songs very much
Our tamariki were so excited to have Cracker Jim visit! They sung, danced, sheared and laughed...and later visited a working sheep farm to see the real Jim and Flossie in action! Thank you for the inspiration Jim. Your books are a welcome addition to our library
Park Road PlaycentrePalmerston North NZ
"The Grand Kids think the Burglar is the best book. Especially when the Burglars get covered in cow muck and the Police arrest them holding their noses."
The children still LOVE Cracker Jim and his Quad bike.
Rainbow Early Learning CentrePukekohe, NZ
Thank you very much. We enjoyed your story telling and learned a lot. And it was a lot of fun.
Thanks so much Jim for your visit today! Our children LOVED you, and had such a great time dancing, milking and learning about Cracker Jim, Flossie and Harry. Your books are a welcome addition to our centre's library
Omakere PlaycentreNew Zealand
Izzy comes from Wellington and she is 4. She really likes the DVD and her special favouite song is Pete the Pilot which she dances along to.
What a great day we had on the 15th August 2012 in Norsewood, the sun was out and we had Cracker Jim visit us at Playgroup and also our local ECE just around the corner. Even Pete the pilot gave us a fly over just as "Flossie and the Fire" was being read out. Thanks again Cracker Jim
You came to our day care today to read Flossie and the Fire and the children loved it. For the rest of the day they have been playing sheep, farmers and dogsand listening and dancing to your cd. Fantastic! It has sparked their imaginationand they already want to read the book again to know more about what happens on farms. Well done Cracker Jim!!
On behalf of the Awatuna Playcentre, I would like to thank you for coming to our centre and reading your wonderful books and introducing the children to Cracker Jim and Flossie and their adventures. The children enjoyed it :)
Today we were very lucky to have Cracker Jim come to read and sing songs with all the children at clubhouse. First we listened to a few of Cracker Jims story books that we loved so much we even brought our very own for clubhouse, then we stood up and had a boogie to Cracker Jims music he even showed us a few dance moves of his own. We were introduced to his puppet friends Ba-a-a-a-bara, Cracker Jim, Harry the Hairy Huntaway, Polly Cracker Jims wife and Cracker Jims good friend Flossie the dog. But the best toy that Cracker Jim showed us was the chainsaw that you children thought was just great, so now we have two of our very own at clubhouse that I'm sure will be played with every day. Thanks Cracker Jim so much for all the fun, we cant wait to play with our new toys and read your amazing stories.
Kiwi ClubhouseNew Zealand
I just wanted to let you know what a hit your story "Flossie and the Flood" is with our toddler son Jackson. He will be two in September and he absolutely LOOVES your book! I can not count the number of times we have read it. One of the reasons he loves it so much is the helicopters, The page where there is a rescue chopper he has managed to rip it out of sheer excitement! We will also be placing an order for other books to get some variety. Thanks for a good old Kiwi book.
Tineke and JacksonNew Zealand
The stories of Cracker Jim and his animals immediately captured the imagination of the Year 1 and 2 children. They readily responded to the humour and rhyme and loved singing along to the tape. Rural life and community is easily observed in the Manawatu and this feature gives the stories and toys a special appeal. The Cracker Jim toys have taken on a life of their own and they have their own corner of our classroom. There with blocks, boxes and doll house furniture Cracker Jim's house and shed are regularly created. The children talk in character voices and imaginitely turn the floor space into new real life situations for Cracker Jim, Polly and the animals with the four wheel bike being anintegral part. This inventive toy which plugs into the turbine for its power source finds itself carrying assorted loads and taking part in many rigorous farming adventures. The turbines familiar on Manawatu hills are transported to the classroom as a unique and specialised model which has a wow factor and has lead to discussions on environmental issues and sustainability. The stories, toys and music tape are a superb addition to the literacy area of the classroom while providing an opportunity for developing imaginative play opportunities, giving the children a lot of pleasure
My Grandma bought our son for his birthday the Flossie and the Flood book and the farmbike with Cracker Jim, Flossie and the sheep. Absolutely awesome!! Look forward to adding to our collection. Thanks.
Hi, I would like to say how great Cracker Jim is. My son who is nearly two has the "Flossie and the Flood" story and CD. Most days he requests to hear the CD and seems to have the book close to him. His favourite part is where the farmbike gets stuck in the mud.He always grabs his toy bike and acts it out. His grandparents have bought him the bike,dog,Jimand the sheep for his birthday which he doesn't know yet. Thank you so much for the Cracker Jim experience and keep up the great work. It is perfect for little farming kids like my wee man
I'm just sending an email to say thank you for your courage to write this book. My son was born totally blind so when we received received your book Flossie and the Flood with a cd it was with great delight. We got it from his friend. He loves listening to it. Shared it with his kindy. Which they enjoyed
I recently purchased a set of books for my Grandson, from Jim Henderson.
The way these books are written is very clever & Jims rhyming is more than impressive-it is a real gift
It was not until I opened the books that I saw Jim had signed each one which made them even more special.