A former teacher from Northwood has had her children’s book published last month and is hoping for it to take off in schools up and down the country.
Shirley Askew, who is now retired, wrote Naughty Mr Macaw, which is aimed for children between the ages of five and seven which is described as “ideal for the classroom” by the author.
The story which is about a family that takes in a naughty pet Macaw, includes three songs and craft ideas.
Shirley explained how teachers can read the song whilst playing the recorder so children can sing along and how the characters can be photocopied for children to then colour in.
The former head of education at Arsenal Football Club revealed that she never expected it to get published by Austin Macauley Publishers.
She said: “I was very pleased because I would love it to get into schools and help children across the country. I sent it to the publisher and didn’t have any real hope of them getting back to me, but they did.
“I have always been interested in writing and decided to write stories for children. I have two more stories that are written and will hopefully be published in the next couple of months.
“My two other stories are all about Mr Macaw but are independent stories. It is all exciting at the minute.”
Shirley, who helps run the coffee bar in the Methodist Church in Northwood, read the story to over 200 scouts recently at an event which was loved by all said Shirley.
Naughty Mr Macaw can now be brought on Amazon and other sites.