Another pair of creative partners are songwriters and music teachers Roxanne Kiely and Stephen Kiely, the brains behind Busy Izzy and Friends, an ever-expanding multimedia empire of lively books, catchy songs, interactive videos and even a vibrant stage show for extra colour and movement.
They recently partnered with Prosper (Project Australia) to support the health and well-being of Australian children through performances, nutrition and cooking showcases, literacy and learning activities and other special events.
Aimed at children from three to eight years, Busy Izzy and Friends is all about promoting friendship and fun and healthy food. Central to the website is Izzy's virtual vegie garden where she builds compost and grows organic vegetables and herbs to make "snaxalicious snacks" for her Nix & Nax store.
While web designer and music producer Stephen is more of a suburban boy with a background in rock music, Roxanne - who as a vocal coach helped launch the career of Delta Goodrem and worked with X-Factor winner, Marlisa, among many others, grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand.
"I would often write songs and poetry while milking cows, she recalls. "I was scared of the big cows and writing songs would take my mind off how big they were. But I loved them just the same and they were my favourite pets.
She and her parents and siblings all pitched in with planting, digging and harvesting: "We grew all of our own food - corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, carrots - and we had a massive orchard with guava trees, feijoa trees, plums, apples, peaches and tree tomatoes (now called "tamarillo"), and grapevines, too."
They also kept free-range chickens and Roxanne remembers how hard the family worked on building and maintaining their compost bins. Her mother made all their clothes, "from underwear to coats", she says, and both parents "worked all day long and, of course, we all followed their lead. We had to."
Roxanne acquired not only a work ethic but a lifetime of memories to sustain Busy Izzy and her garden plot and healthy food store: "Izzy has a compost bin and a puppy, just like I had. It reminds me of my wonderful, natural and healthy life on the farm."
Busy Izzy and Friends are much more than wonderfully entertaining children's picture books filled with exciting adventures. These books for children have ethical and moral stories too. There are songs, interactive videos, fun songs and videos about being a good friend, healthy food, vegetables and fruit songs about fruit salad. Friendship songs, fun songs, songs about being sensible too, and one of Izzy's friends is a secret-agent, her name is Skye and we have a song for her too. Oh, and an all new stage show for kids...
Modern Mo Li, is musical who loves to play the blues and Izzy's friends, Mathematic Max, Sensible Steven, Even Evan, Worried Warren, Talkative Tess and Bobby, who can be a little bit bossy, are wonderful and generous kids who love to spend time with their friends...and of course there is Izzy's, adopted little stray from the SPCA, Newly Truly "Who's the lucky rescue pup at Nix & Nax, who's everybody's favourite little friend." These children's Picture Books, song and videos have something and everything for everyone.
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The Vegetable Song - My Little Veggie Patch
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Do you eat your veggies? Busy Izzy and her friends do, they love to eat healthy fruits and vegetables because they know it keeps them strong and healthy too.
Busy Izzy's veggie garden is at the back of Nix & Nax. There is a compost bin full of scraps from when Izzy makes and bakes healthy snacks. The compost bin has a little red wiggler worm called 'Wormee', a compost-vermi, and his friends who turn the scraps into vermi-compost. Just a taste of rotting waste, they all move in. They're a positive advantage in Busy Izzy's compost bin.
Izzy has a beehive with honey bees. These hard working littlies pollinate the fruits and vegetables. Pollination occurs when insects such as bees visit flowers, collecting nectar and pollen. Pollen is rubbed onto the insect and is then rubbed off onto the next flower the insect visits.
We are thrilled to hear from parents and teachers of little ones about how much they love Busy Izzy and the Busy Izzy and Friends, children's picture books . We love seeing the kids dressed as their favourite character.
Here is 4 year old Zara, dressed as Busy Izzy, whom she loves by the way. Her mum, said that Zara asks to have the Busy Izzy and Friends books read to her before bedtime.
In Zara's mum's words,
"I read the books to Zara every night and she just loves them. I have observed how Zara appreciates Izzy's qualities and says, "When I grow up I want to be kind, thoughtful, helpful, and a wonderful friend just like Busy Izzy is to all her friends". I had to buy her a little puppet puppy just like Newly Truly, who is Izzy's clever rescue pup.
The Busy Izzy and Friends books are a must for all little ones, I love them as they teach the importance of empathy, kindness and being a great friend."
Thank you Zara's mum.
Book three in the series is about kindness, friendship and loyalty, no matter what goes wrong. True friends are always there for one another. Always there to listen and help. As today is R U OK Day? It is perfect time to share the link to this book about kindness and friendship and also fun. Oh, and easy to make healthy recipes too are included in the book.
There is music too.
This picture book is an exciting read for kids who are read to and for those who are early readers.
We have a song and guess who the voice of Tess is? It is the one and only, Bec Hewitt, as the voice of Tess. Super talented Bec is just wonderful as Talkative Tess. She brings an effervescent personality that only Bec Hewitt can.
Thank you Bec...we love you at Busy Izzy and Friends.
you can listen to the Talkative Tess song by clicking on the link.