Dear Headteacher and Literacy Co-ordinator

As we look forward to the great events taking place in England in 2012, there’s never been a better time for our children to learn more about this magical country.

‘ENGLAND IS TRULY A MAGICAL PLACE’ is a new CD audiobook written by Karl Woodbury and published by Southern Cross Books.

Children can learn about the history, geography and culture of England, all wrapped up in a wonderful adventure. Written in rhyme, children can also discover the fun in words and the true magic of England.

There are regional maps and illustrations which appeal to visual learners. There is also a 2-CD audiobook with smooth narration, exhilarating music and atmospheric sound effects which engages auditory learners.

Suitable for children in Key Stage 2, the book offers these benefits to teachers:

  • Lends itself to individual or group study and discussion
  • Sparks curiosity and interest for further investigation of historical facts, places and people
  • Reinforces aspects of The National Curriculum
  • Suitable as a home reader with parents to promote family interaction
  • Ideal as part of October Poetry Month activities

Click on this link to view a sample chapter; To accompany each chapter, teachers and parents can download a free, fun quiz sheet from

Here is what 2 teachers have to say:

This book is a wonderfully clever idea that is treating history in a fun and unique manner. History is moving in that direction, breaking down the boring, facts only approach. I believe this book can help children; stimulate interest, help understanding and push those that already love history.
Mr Bruce McCrea, Head of History, Danes Hill School, Surrey

This book is a wonderful celebration of England’s rich history set to rhyme. It explores all parts of England referring to great events of the past on the one hand and quirky events such as the ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’ which started in 1612 on the other. The illustrations complement the fine writing making the book accessible to all ages.
Mr GD Spawforth, Deputy Headmaster, Reed’s School, Surrey

Stephen Bolton, Associate Head, English Language Centre, City University of Hong Kong adds, “I believe that books of this kind make a significant contribution to English language education. The text is challenging yet accessible and filled with rich vocabulary and sophisticated grammatical structure. Furthermore, the author’s use of humour, rhyme and metre help to ensure the book will appeal to children”.

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For further information about Southern Cross Books, please see

‘England is Truly a Magical Place’ is in stock now and can be ordered from your usual book supplier.

There’s never been a better time to discover that ‘England is Truly a Magical Place’.

Kind regards

Kate Woodbury
Sales and Marketing Director

Southern Cross Books Limited

Southern Cross House

No 26 Lane 8
Sha Kok Mei, Sai Kung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 2791 4700 M: + 852 6210 6756