Beautiful Picture Books
stories about wisdom and knowledge
Willow the Wonderer
A Five Star Children's book
Willow the wonderer
Woke up one day
Wondering about happiness
And where it lay ...
Willow the Wonderer is a beautiful new picture book about the search for happiness by Australian children's book author, Reeta Dhar, and internationally acclaimed illustrator, Darren Pryce.
Written in perfect rhyme, the melodious stanzas take us on an adventurous journey through the natural world, exploring wonderous places and discovering marvellous creatures.
The beautifully crafted imagery draws young readers in to seek out all the creatures embedded in the landscapes. In the process, they effortlessly learn to count. It is the perfect early years learning book.
The essence of the story is grounded in age-old universal wisdom about happiness.
Book 2 :
Willow the wonderer
Woke up early next day
With infinite ideas for
Adventure and play ...
The adventures of Willow the Wonderer continue in Honey Time. Things get a little sticky for our hero ...
Willow the Wonderer wakes up with infinite ideas for adventure and play - and creates an almighty ruckus trying to 'do it all'!
The Queen Bee wisely stages an intervention and gives our young hero a taste of the sweet wisdom of honey. It opens up his eyes to the wonders of the natural world and gives him greater insight into happiness.
The lyrical rhymes and beautiful imagery also effortlessly engages young readers in learning the many natural and creative expressions of colour.
Perfect Gifts for Kids
early years learning books with plush characters
An Adorable New Friend
"Being there for a child is the most noble thing a toy can do"
--- Woody, Toy Story
Willow the Wonderer is now available as an adorable soft toy; a wonderful addition to story time that will get even the fussiest of readers engaged!
Designed in Australia by Darren Pryce, our plush toy is produced to a high standard and independently tested against Australian toy safety standards. It is suitable for all ages.
Available exclusively online through us and select stockists, this is the most beautiful and unique soft toy you can get for the your little ones.
Premium Gift Sets
The perfect gift for kids
"It's never too early
to plant a seed of wisdom "
--- Wise As Stories
Give the gift of wisdom to the special little ones in your life. Choose from three Willow the Wonderer premium gift sets.
Our beautiful picture books comes packaged together with an adorable donkey plush toy of little Willow in a themed giftbox. Wonder, wisdom and joy in a box!
Books Loved by Kids
and cherished by grown-ups
"My three year old grandson Ariel loved the menagerie of hidden animals interspersed amongst the pages. "Read it again Poppa please" was the message repeated again and again."
Mia and Teddy's Mum
"I wish I met Willow the Wonderer when I was young. The story made me feel warm and fuzzy - I had tears of joy! This is not just a book but a gift to us all."
"Issy loves the book, she's been asking us to read it every night as part of bedtime routine! A huge compliment because it has been The Hungry Caterpillar for the last 18 months"
"Oh it's beautiful! Gorgeous illustrations and a warm and creative narrative. I love it. I truly think it's special. I'll be the first in line for a hardcopy!"
“I love the "where's Wally" vibe when looking for animals in the illustrations, lol”
Anna and Maddy's Mum
"A beautifully illustrated story book to teach children new words and numbers, with wise as rhymes and a wonderful lesson for all ages."
Behind the Scenes
how Willow the Wonderer came to be
Our Passion Project
One afternoon, during a walk along the Valla beach in NSW's Mid North Coast, Reeta and Darren realised they shared a dream to produce picture books they wish they'd grown up with; beautiful books that plant seeds of wisdom in young minds.
Their hope was that these seeds of wisdom would blossom with time and guide the little ones in their journey through life.
Darren threw in an idea he had conceived a long time ago about Willow, a child who wanders from home searching for happiness. They both felt in Willow a kindred spirit.
Over the ensuing months and many lively conversations, sketches and drafts later, the idea they first discussed in April 2020 grew into a story.
Reeta wrote the words and Darren drew the pictures. Through all the ups and downs of COVID, they released their first book in November 2021.
Thus, Willow the Wonderer was born.