This is a warm and tender tale of friendship, compassion, generosity and hospitality. One day Bertha comes upon a tumbledown house on a hill. She sets to work with her hammer and nails, her brush and broom, to make the house a cosy home. Bertha names it Come by Chance and settles in alone...until one night a storm brings a host of animals to her door, looking for shelter, and bringing friendship and song and dance, to make merry the long winter ahead.
Madeleine Winch is a painter and printmaker, who has been exhibiting successfully for many years both in her native Australia and internationally. She has illustrated a number of children's books, including Edward Wilkins and his Friend Gwendoline. Madeleine lives in New South Wales, Australia.