Valerie Thomas - Author

About the Author

Valerie Thomas was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has lived there for most of her life, apart from six years spent in Europe, where she worked in England, France and Norway. She is a teacher, and has taught in primary, secondary, and special schools in Australia and England as well as lecturing in English Teaching Method in a Teachers’ College in Melbourne.

For many years she worked as an educational researcher and curriculum consultant in the area of spelling, and has written extensively on the subject. Her other main interest is travel. She has travelled to most corners of the world, and has written about her travels: the first piece of writing she had published was an account of her experience picking grapes for the champagne harvest in France.

In 1987 her phenomenally successful children’s book Winnie the Witch, illustrated by Korky Paul, was published by Oxford University Press and won the Children’s Book of the Year Award. It has since been translated into many languages around the world, and also been adapted for CD-ROM. Since then Valerie has written another eleven fabulous Winnie adventures.

 

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Monster Mystery

Winnie and Wilbur: The Monster Mystery

Author: Valerie Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

When Winnie and Wilbur see some unexplained footprints going right across the grass, they want to know who had made them. They think they might find the answer in the deep, dark forest that surrounds their home. But exploring the forest isn't easy, especially when Winnie and Wilbur get separated. And will it help them untangle the mystery of the monster-sized footprints? With intrigue and drama from the start, this story has all the hallmarks of a classic Winnie and Wilbur adventure. Move over, the Gruffalo, it's time for Winnie and Wilbur to go into the deep dark wood! With more than 7 million books sold, Winnie and Wilbur have been delighting children and adults in homes and schools all over the world since 1987.

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Author: Valerie Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When Winnie and Wilbur fly over a castle, they swoop down to take a closer look. When the castle turns out to be nothing more than a ruin, Winnie realizes that they are 'hundreds of years too late' and so makes a swoosh of her wand to her them back to medieval times. The ruin becomes a fully functioning fortress and the two of them are there, in suitable attire, on a day of much archery, jousting and feasting. Winnie disguises herself as a medieval lady-in-waiting. Wilbur is a dashing knight in armour. But when they come across a naughty knight,making mincemeat of his rivals in the tournament and losing his temper in the banqueting hall, a little magic is required to put him in his place and give everyone else the entertaining day they've come to the castle to enjoy. Sir Wilbur is given pride of place at the banquet and everyone wants to know who the mysterious knight could be. Winnie realizes things could go badly if their true identities are revealed. They make a swift exit before out-staying their welcome, and the castle is restored to the ruin it was. With medieval magic and mayhem from the start, this story has all the hallmarks of a classic Winnie and Wilbur adventure.

Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy A Guide to More Inclusive Theory and Practice

Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy A Guide to More Inclusive Theory and Practice

Author: Valerie Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2015

The therapeutic potential of working with clients' mental images is widely acknowledged, yet there is still little in the counselling and psychotherapy literature on more inclusive approaches to the clinical applications of mental imagery. Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a unique, accessible guide for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to develop their expertise in this important therapeutic practice. Contemporary practitioners have at their disposal a large repertoire of imagery methods and procedures comprising the contributions from different therapeutic schools and clinical innovators. Valerie Thomas identifies some of the common features in these approaches and offers a transtheoretical framework that supports integrative practitioners in understanding and using mental imagery to enhance therapeutic processes. The book: Examines the development of the theory and practice of mental imagery within a wider context of the history of imagination as a healing modality; Describes the different ways that mental imagery has been incorporated into therapeutic practice and evaluates recent developments; Reviews explanations of the therapeutic efficacy of mental imagery and considers how recent theoretical concepts provide a means of understanding the role that mental images play in processing experience; Includes reflections on ways to develop more inclusive theory and proposes a model that can inform integrative practice. Using a wide range of clinical vignettes to illustrate theory and cutting-edge research, Valerie Thomas proposes a new integrated model of practice. Providing clear and detailed guidance on applying the model to clinical practice, the book will be essential reading for psychotherapists and counsellors, both in practice and training, who wish to harness the therapeutic efficacy of mental imagery.

Winnie's Picture Book Collection

Winnie's Picture Book Collection

Author: Valerie Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Winnie and Wilbur have found the perfect ingredients for six stories full of magic and mischief - a baby dragon, a birthday party, a flying carpet, a giant pumpkin, a space rocket, and even a submarine. It's no wonder Winnie is everyone's favourite character. This superb value hardback collection of stories with its sunshine-yellow cover makes a perfect present. The collection contains: Winnie's Midnight Dragon; Happy Birthday, Winnie!; Winnie's Flying Carpet; Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin; Winnie in Space; and Winnie under the Sea.

Lord Have Mercy, Mercy on Me Poetry for the Entire Family

Lord Have Mercy, Mercy on Me Poetry for the Entire Family

Author: Valerie Thomas Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2010

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