The Teddies of Rosehill Cottage | Q&A with Maggie Shaw

What inspired you to write this series?

My husband Alan bought four teddies from the auction house where he occasionally values stamps and postcards. The teddies had been left unsold at the end of an auction. We placed them on a trolley in the hall and gathered all of our other teddies and toys there to live with them. When one of the toys kept falling off the trolley, I told Alan a story to explain why, and the rest of the stories evolved from there. All the stories are woven around the many experiences of our teddies and toys.


Who is the series written for?

People who love teddy stories, particularly very young people who are not quite ready to read yet.


Which is your favourite episode and why?

The Christmas episode is my favourite. I love the way the teddies help to bring the Yuletide season into Rosehill Cottage.


Who is your favourite character and why?

That is sooo hard! They are all such lovable characters. But maybe Mama Ted is the loveliest. She is warm and caring and loves to make the other toys feel safe and wanted, precious and accepted.


What’s your favourite children’s book?

A lot of the children’s books I read as a young child are now not considered PC. I remember being very impressed with Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann: originally published in 1845. It relates the dire consequences, in funny rhyming couplets, for children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, or tease people who look different.


What’s the first thing you remember writing as a child?

I wrote a story about a horse who pulled a milk cart, like the horse on my grandfather’s farm. The horse in my story broke his traces and ran away to live free with the wild horses in the hills.


The Teddies of Rosehill Cottage series is now available on the Eregendal YouTube channel here.

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