British illustrators

John Patience
Tales of Fern Hollow  

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Welcome to Fern Hollow!

Created, written and Illustrated by John Patience, Fern Hollow is a village populated by animal characters. These stories, illustrated in traditional style, have remained popular ever since they first appeared in 1980 and there are more than 16 titles in the series - see the full list here

A whole generation of people who read the Fern Hollow stories as children have now grown up and are buying the books to read with their own children! John receives more fan mail about Fern Hollow than about any of the other books he has written and illustrated over the years. It seems they are particularly popular in the USA and many of them are now collectable (or collectible, if you prefer that spelling)!

If you are a Fern Hollow aficionado, then we hope you will enjoy this section of our web site and that it may bring back some pleasant memories. If you have never visited Fern Hollow before, then we welcome you and hope you will stay a while!

What and where is Fern Hollow?

"Fern Hollow is a wonderful place to live. Ask Professor Sigmund Swamp or old Brock Gruffy to tell you about their lovely little village, and they will talk all day and yet hardly have begun.

"They will tell you that Fern Hollow nestles at the foot of the trees of Windy Wood and that through the village runs the sparkling ribbon of the River Ferny.

"The animals of Fern Hollow are all good friends and neighbours and, if you are a stranger, they will make you feel at home in next to no time."

Read on to find out more about Fern Hollow and meet some of the main inhabitants.

Fern Hollow map endpapersThe first book about Fern Hollow was The Seasons in Fern Hollow. The map on the endpapers (pictured right - click to see larger view) helped you find your way around the village and went on to appear in every single title in the Fern Hollow series. It turned out that children really loved the map and enjoyed pointing out where all their favourite Fern Hollow characters lived and all the stories took place. You might find the map helpful in locating all the goings-on in Fern hollow! Some of the books from the various Fern Hollow Series are listed in detail below.

See below for a full list of all Fern Hollow Books published to date.

Cover of The Tortoise Fair from the Fern Hollow series

The Tortoise Fair

When the Tortoise Fair comes to Fern Hollow it brings fun and excitement for all the village's inhabitants, especially young Monty and Tugger who decide to stow away in the caravan when it leaves!

8 spreads
Story & illustrations:
John Patience
Publisher: Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

 

The Floating Restaurant

When Brock Gruffy inherits an old boat he decides to turn it into a floating restaurant. His new business venture is going splendidly until a sudden storm springs up and the boat is swept away in the night.

8 full-page spreads.

Publisher:
Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

Cover of The Floating Restaurant

Cover of The Unscary Scarecrow

The Unscary Scarecrow

Farmer Bramble's crop is being eaten by crows so his children make a wonderful scarecrow to frighten away the pesky birds. The only problem is, the scarecrow just isn't scary enough! This calls for drastic action!

8 full-page spreads.

Publisher:
Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

Sigmund's Birthday Surprise

Due to a mix-up with parcel labels, Sigmund Swamp accidentally receives a real live crocodile for his birthday. The creature escapes and causes pandemonium around the village.

8 full-page spreads.

Publisher:
Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

Cover of Sigmund's Birthday Surprise

Cover of Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt in the Fern Hollow Series by John Patience

Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt

When a hole appears in the church roof, Parson Dimly decides to run a treasure hunt to raise funds for the repairs. The whole village joins in and, naturally, there are one or to mishaps along the way. Who will the winner be?

8 full-page spreads.

Publisher:
Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

Fern Hollow Bedtime Favourites

This title is a compilation of:

  • The Seasons in Fern Hollow
  • Sigmund's Birthday Surprise
  • Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt.

87 pages - all full colour illustrations

87 pages - all full colour illustrations
Story & illustrations:
John Patience
Publisher: Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

 

Cover of Fern Hollow Bedtime Favourites

Cover of New Adventures in Fern Hollow

New Adventures in Fern Hollow

This title is a compilation of:

  • Spike and the Cowboy Band
  • The Mysterious Fortune Tellers
  • Castaways on Heron Island
  • The Floating Restaurant
  • The Midsummer Banquet
  • Sports Day

87 pages - all full colour illustrations
Story & illustrations:
John Patience
Publisher: Peter Haddock Limited, Bridlington, UK.

 

All Fern Hollow Books

Yikes! This makes John feel old; he now gets quite a lot of e-mails from people who remember reading Fern Hollow when they were children, and want to buy all the books for their own children, nephews, nieces, etc.. So they e-mail us for a complete list. If you'd like a complete list of all the Fern Hollow books published to date, then you'll see it below. Please note that although many of these are now out of print, most if not all are available on Amazon - just use the appropriate link below to order from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com:

  • The Seasons in Fern Hollow (the one that started it all!)
  • Granny Bouncer's Rescue
  • The Tortoise Fair
  • Muddles at the Manor
  • Sigmund's Birthday Surprise
  • Mr Rusty's New House
  • The Unscary Scarecrow
  • The Brass Band Robbery
  • Sports Day
  • Brock the Balloonist
  • Parson Dimly's Treasure Hunt
  • Mrs Merryweather's Letter
  • The Floating Restaurant
  • Castaways on Heron Island
  • The Midsummer banquet
  • The Mysterious Fortune Tellers
  • Spike and the Cowboy Band

 

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