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By: Heather Larson

The Garden Creatures of Fairfax Lane: The Dipping Dragonfly

Pages: 32 Ratings: 4.9
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At the end of the road on Fairfax Lane

Behind a small wall—surprisingly plain

There is a garden that’s full of life

Tenderly cared for by Mr Crankshaw’s wife


The Dipping Dragonfly learns to focus on one thing at a time, getting twice as much done, to have double the fun. Follow along with our rhyme…

The aim of this picture book series, The Garden Creatures of Fairfax Lane, is to supply your children with the tools to manage their mental health. Each story provides an example of a subtle change you and your child can make to manage your thinking. It provides you with a medium to navigate developmental themes and, therefore, project the characteristics of the creatures in real-life scenarios.

Alongside the title of ‘daughter, Lanna Breetzke’s background is in strategy and qualitative research. Her ambition is to help children navigate the world and assist in better decision-making.

Alongside the title of ‘mother’, Heather Larson’s background is in holistic health, teaching the principles of hatha yoga and the mind, body and soul connectivity.

Their stories aim to capture principles and philosophies which have helped shape their family and they hope to bring these tools to other homes.

Customer Reviews
38 reviews
38 reviews
  • Susi Andrews

    A cute, gentle little tale to read to little ones whose minds are often elsewhere. It is beautifully illustrated in a fun and whimsical manner. Much thought has gone into the story, the text as well as the drawings and colours. A fun way to introduce children to the environment around them and to encourage chatting about the theme of the book.

  • Matthew Stokes

    A friend of mine told me about this book while I was looking for a present for my nephew - it’s an absolute hit in their household. I can’t wait to read it to my own son when as he gets a bit older! Looking forward to more in the series.

  • Mike Ronald

    We live in KZN South Africa and have just experienced widespread violence.
    This is an excellent book to help parents check-in on their little ones.

  • Lois Jacobs

    Beautifully written, thought provoking, careful use of words. Has meaning and a life lesson every child should learn. Beautifully illustrated with loads of detail to discuss with your child. Delightful.

  • Sheena Breetzke

    Love this book! Thought provoking while taking you on beautiful garden adventure, beautifully written!

  • Vicky Malkin

    An enchantingly illustrated story reminding us how beneficial it can be to allow ourselves to focus on one thing at a time. In today’s sometimes chaotic lifestyles we can find ourselves as ‘dipping dragonflies’ and how refreshing to be reminded to stop, breathe and enjoy the moment. A salient message for children and adults!

  • Amanda

    A timely reminder to suggest that we reassess how we can sometimes lose track of what we are aiming for when juggling too many balls at one time. The engaging and humorous rhyming prose is beautifully matched with splendid illustrations. Children will enjoy and benefit from this book.

  • Aerin

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book to my toddler and the baby in my belly. The story really catches the attention of the younger mind while encouraging understanding and a gentler pace for everyone else. This really is one of those classics you need in your book collection!

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