A teaching assistant from Abbots Langley has published her first book aimed at young children.
Amanda Eamer came up with the idea to write the book, The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up, when she made up stories to read her daughter Ashleigh, who is the main character in the book, when they went on long sailing trips as a family.
Amanda said: “When my daughter was young, we used to go sailing to France and across to different places, so I made up stories and this is the bases of one of the stories I did. It can be extremally long trips so you got to keep them amused.”
The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up is a children’s book aimed at five to six-year-olds about a fairy who is going to a ball where the Prince has to pick a bride. The other fairies try to sabotage Ashleigh by making sure there are no flowers for her to take to the ball.
There is one flower left called Mrs Foxglove. Ashleigh now must persuade her to give her a beautiful petal so she can get to the ball before midnight where the Prince has to take a bride.
The book also features bright and colourful illustrations from Catherine Mead, an art teacher Watford Grammar School for Girls, who was approached by a friend of Amanda’s to collaborate on the project.
Catherine had never done something like this before but she put her skills to the test.
Amanda commented: “My friend Debbie Brown worked at Watford Grammar School for Girls and she knew of an art teacher who used to work on textiles. Catherine asked what I wanted, and I said they needed to be vibrant and colourful that would appeal to five to six-year-olds.”
The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Give Up is out now. Books can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones and WHSmiths.