How to Draw Ruby

Following the How to Draw Little Bear feature on the Guardian website, Jane Hissey now shows you how to draw her brand new character, Ruby. With her red woollen jumper, huge ears and cute mouse features, you can follow the twelve steps to learn exactly how she is created. Featuring handy hints and illustration tips from Jane, why don't you have a go at drawing Ruby and then email your efforts to Your drawing could get chosen to feature on the website!

Keep your eyes peeled on the Salariya blog for more Jane Hissey news, competitions and giveaways!

Click here to see Ruby in action in Ruby, Blue and Blanket.

Ruby wordsearch

Ruby, Blue and Blanket activity sheet

To celebrate dressing up as your favourite book character for World Book Day, here is a free downloadable activity sheet from Jane's new book. Can you colour in Ruby, Blue and Blanket? Then try finding all the words from the story in the word search.

Ruby, Blue and Blanket are playing dressing up too; Blanket decides to be a unicorn, Blue Rabbit becomes a princess, but, what about Ruby, the cheery little mouse? Should she be a cowboy? A pirate? A mermaid? Or a ghost? Find out what she decides by looking for the book in your local bookshop or online here.

How to Draw Little Bear

Little Bear and pencil

In this How to Draw Little Bear feature on the Guardian website, Jane Hissey teaches you how to draw one of her most beloved creations, Old Bear's red trousered sidekick, Little Bear. Follow Jane's steps to have a go at drawing him, then email your efforts to The best will appear in a special Little Bear gallery on the website!

Click here to buy your own copy of Little Bear's Trousers from the Salariya Online Shop.

Little Bear

Draw Little Bear!

Download this fun, photocopiable colouring-in activity sheet. Can you draw Little Bear for Bramwell Brown?

Little Bear

Bramwell Brown's Snowflake Biscuits

This is a nice easy 123 recipe that you can use for cutting out any shape of biscuit.


  • 100 gms soft brown sugar
  • 200 gms softened butter
  • 300 gms plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or ginger (or you can leave this out)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (using a mixer or by hand). Pat into a ball. Roll out to half a cm thick (using a dusting of icing sugar to stop rolling pin sticking). Cut out star shapes. Place on baking tray. Cook at 180C (350F, gas mark 4) for about 10 mins or until very light brown. Cool on wire rack.

To decorate, mix icing sugar with a little lemon juice (until as smooth as toothpaste). Spoon into small plastic bag. Cut tiny corner off the bag so icing just squeezes out. Make different snowflake patterns by squeezing icing onto each biscuit. (Real snowflakes are always different so you can have fun making up new patterns!)