The stories are aimed primarily at 5-8 year olds but make ideal 10-minute read-aloud bedtime/anytime tales for pre-schoolers too. Of course, it is hoped that they will appeal to an even wider (mature!) bear-loving audience.
'The Fell-Ted Chronicles' are a series of tales about the Fell-Teds, a family of enterprising bears, set in and around the towns and villages of the beautiful and inspiring English Lake District. The Teds encounter various opportunities and challenges providing examples children can identify with. The storylines are neither heroic nor cautionary, but everyday tales of ordinary Teddies finding their way in the world.
Names, signs and symbols are featured throughout the series, and the importance of family, community and friendship, personal endeavour, confidence and self-reliance are recognized.
Lesley Munro is the creator of the Fell-Teds© and the 'Fell-Ted Chronicles' which she wrote and illustrated, inspired by the local place names and scenery.
A series of chance events led to the making of the Teds which in turn led to the storybooks and associated website.
Lesley lived and attended school in Cumbria as a teenager, moved to the Kent coast, where she lived for 35 years, raising a son and daughter (now grown-up) and working in a busy FE College, returning in 2003 to her beloved Lake District, where many of her family still live.
Lesley lives in Egremont near Ennerdale in West Cumbria.
The introductory story is based on the actual creation of the Teds.
Lesley is available for book readings/signing (Cumbria region only at present) in schools/libraries/local attractions/events.
She also holds needle-felting (see 'More about the Teds') demonstrations and taster workshops for young (minimum age 10) and old (no maximum!)
For enquiries or bookings please contact us.
The original Teds are miniature (approx. 5" high) needle-sculpted creations made primarily from wool from native Cumbrian fell sheep breeds, Herdwick and Swaledale. Virtually straight off the sheep's back (just lightly washed) the raw wool is felted by hand using a specially designed barbed needle; a laborious but ultimately rewarding process. Using no pattern or stitching the Teds are individually crafted and take on their own unique shape and character.
After making several the idea for the name and the stories developed.
Fell (hill) + Ted = Fell-Ted (and they're FELTED!)