In this particular story, Olly goes to see a pantomime called “Jack and the Beanstalk;” this fired up his imagination about growing things. When Olly got back home after the pantomime, he went over to a fruit bowl. He found some nuts in the bottom of the bowl and he asked what they would grow into. As he lay in his bed that night, he had an amazing dream. In that dream, Olly dreamt about a special magic tree called the Ollykin tree. This led him to have a series of other exciting dreams too. In these later dreams, he became the something of a local hero. He became the owner of a large farm and he was able to feed the world.
This story aims to show young readers how important it is to grow and to nurture living things. With so many young people now living and growing up in towns and cities few of them get to see how their food is produced. It is also a sad fact that few are aware of the environmental costs to the planet when food is grown a long way from those that need it. This book also makes readers aware of the importance of self-sufficiency in respect to preventing local food shortages.
The story also points out that much agricultural land that is currently built on would be better used as agricultural land to produce food for local communities, ( a point which those on council planning committees and government ministers would be wise to take into account when making planning decisions concerning green-field sites).
This book is also designed to make young people aware of the suffering of others in far away countries where climate change and seasonal abnormalities damage and destroy crop yields. It seeks to show how those reliant upon such crops can find themselves on the verge of starvation. The story also, highlights the importance of overseas assistance in some cases; not just on a short-term aid basis, but in helping those affected by climate based food shortages, to adjust and to produce hardier crops. .
Taken from the “DREAMTIME” series, this particular story is about Olly’s local zoo. During a series of dreams, Olly imagines himself taking some of the animals out on a series of very funny and exciting adventures. The story ends with Olly going to see where zoo animals come from and he learns what an important job zoo parks do in protecting endangered species.
With a strong conservation message, this story aims to show young readers how important it is to support zoos and wildlife parks which offer sanctuary to the worlds’ most endangered animal species. It also shows how such sites offer important breeding opportunities so that colonies of the animals can be re-established in their original habitat, once conditions allow. During the latter part of the story, habitat destruction is illustrated very clearly in order to make young readers’/listeners conscious of how rainforests and the other areas where the animals normally live, are being destroyed at an alarming rate.s illustrated very clearly in order to make young readers’/listeners conscious of how rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Jacob proves to be something of a burden to to start off with. In the longer term however, he comes to be a far bigger asset than Billy could ever have imagined, owing to a unique set of circumstances.
As the story unfolds Jacob becomes something of a hero and the resultant publicity is enough to change both their lives forever in a very positive way. There is one final drama for them to both overcome before they can wholly benefit from their circumstances however
Besides being a story of hope, this story also seeks to show readers/listeners how being pleasant and good natured, often pays great dividends in the long-term, whereas being unpleasant and intolerant, generally has the reverse effect and can be a real disadvantage in life. It has been designed to inspire and give comfort to young people faced with seemingly overwhelming difficulties in life, (including physical disabilities).