"People often ask where the idea for Busy Izzy and Friends came from.
I guess it was a subconscious thing...I was born on a dairy farm and milking cows and working on the farm from the age of 7.
I would often write songs and poetry while milking and 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.
When I was little, during a morning milking, I wrote a song called, "The Bluebird In The Treetop" and this is now one of the songs in the Busy Izzy and Friends, song catalogue. Pretty cool indeed!
On the farm, mum, dad and my brothers and sisters and I, all pitched in with planting, digging and harvesting: We grew all of our own food — corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, carrots — and we had a massive orchard with guava trees, feijoa trees, lemon, mandarin, orange, plum, apple, pear, peach and tree tomatoes (now called tamarillo) and grapevines, too. We would help mum bottle the fruit for the off season.
We kept free-range chickens and we worked long hours building and maintaining our compost bins.
Just like Busy Izzy, my mum always knew exactly what to do. She found the perfect blend of leader and best friend too.
Mum made all our clothes, from underwear to coats and would often stay up late knitting jumpers which we would find laying on our beds in the morning ready to wear. I wrote a song about my mum called. "Little Bit Of You"
Excerpt: 'There's a little bit of you mamma, in everything I do. Just a little bit you see, makes a whole lot of me.'
Mum and dad worked all day long and of course we all followed their lead. We had to.
Getting up each day at 4 a.m. was not my favourite thing to do, and I would deliberately miss a snack so I could sleep-in a few extra minutes. But once I was amongst the cows I was happy. I think the cows enjoyed listening to the singing too.
Who do you think was the first one up in the morning? Answer: Mum.
Who do you think was making healthy snacks? Answer: Mum.
Who would sit on the edge of my bed every night and wait until I'd fall asleep? Answer: My mum
We had a family band, dad sang and played many instruments, while mum harmonised beautifully. I was lead singer at 6 years of age and we performed at our local hall for school functions and community events.
Busy Izzy and her friend, Modern Mo Li write songs together too. All the friends sit around the comfortable chair at Nix & Nax and sing while Mo Li plays guitar.
Click below to listen to the latest album from Busy Izzy and Friends:
In Primary school, My teacher, would often ask me to sing the songs I had written in front of the whole class. I really enjoyed that.
Did you have a favourite teacher in primary school? I did, his name was Mr Butler. Just like Busy Izzy, Mr Butler, was encouraging, kind and supportive.
We always had visitors, lots of friends, who often came to stay on the farm. Just like Busy Izzy has lots of friends visiting her at Nix & Nax.
Mum and dad were wonderful hosts. Mum made fabulous food, from mains to desserts and definitely 'snaxalicious'. Just like Busy Izzy's healthy snacks she makes at Nix & Nax. Dad made home-made wine. We helped of course.
My favourite time was after meals, when we would sing together and dad played the piano accordion or the mouth organ or guitar.
I acquired not only a strong work ethic but a lifetime of memories to sustain Busy Izzy with her garden plot and healthy food store and lots of close friends: Izzy has a compost bin and a puppy and lots of friends too, just like I had.
It all reminds me of my wonderful, natural and healthy life on our farm.
The Busy Izzy and Friends multi-media series, has grown to incorporate: Rhyming picture books, Upbeat songs, co-written and produced with Stephen Kiely (who plays all the instruments for all the songs) - Interactive videos - An all new stage show - Cooking show - Songwriter classes - In-school author and songwriters' visits. With much more on the horizon, including book four.
The Busy Izzy and Friends books and songs are great Christmas gift ideas for kids, parents and primary school teachers. Birthday gift ideas too. Books are the best. #books #Kidsbooks #Bestkidsbooks
Stephen and I work tirelessly on our little project. We love working together, bringing the Busy Izzy and Friends stories, songs and programs to children everywhere.”
These books and songs make great Christmas and birthday gift ideas for kids, parents and primary teachers.
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.
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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"children's books with recipes"
By Roxanne Kiely
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The Vegetable Song - My Little Veggie Patch
See the video by clicking here:
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.