The Prince
The Maidservant

For a Special Birthday

A unique gift that will be treasured for a lifetime

I am the proud father of three daughters. When the eldest was eight I decided that, instead of the usual birthday gifts that children of that age typically receive, I would write her a series of poems, most of them reflecting certain aspects of her character or commenting on events that had taken place in her life up to that date.

I wrote twenty and put them together in a book that I purchased from a specialty paper store. It was actually a photo album that I reconstructed for the purpose. I mounted the poems on coloured card and created a series of graphic images to go with the poems, mostly using stickers purchased from local stores. The gift was well received and has had a permanent place on her book shelves for the past twelve years. She told me recently that her favourites had changed through the years and that now she was older the more introspective or melancholic verses appealed more than the frivolous childish ones, which had made her laugh when she was younger. She also said though that certain favourites, recalling cherished memories from her childhood, could never be replaced.

I’ve done the same thing in more recent years for my two younger daughters and both adore the books they now have, filled with memories from their early childhood.

I’m thrilled to be able to now offer this as a product for parents or grandparents who are looking for something different, unique and highly personal to give to their children or grand children for a special birthday.  I would need a minimum of three months notice to prepare an anthology of between fifteen and twenty poems, the actual content and styling of the finished product being entirely at your discretion. I will work closely with you to ensure the content is everything you wish it to be and I know from personal experience that this would be a gift that any child would love to receive and would cherish for the rest of their lives.

My daughters books are displayed as examples below and some of the poems can be enlarged for you to read.