A Storrington mum has decided to self publish her children’s book that will encourage children to learn and solve a mysterious riddle in order to win prizes.
Henrietta Williams’ unique creations started out as an idea for a clothing line until she was advised that it could be something far greater.
I think as people turn 50 we become unemployable unless you have a skillHenrietta Williams
“I think as people turn 50 we become unemployable unless you have a skill and I don’t have any of those,” said the 54-year-old.
The mother-of-three said the first character, Sheepy, began life as a simple doodle her son drew, who was only 15 years old at the time.
She said: “The reason I was doing it was because I was looking after my mother who had dementia.
“It’s a terrible disease and leaves a big hole at the end that I was having to fill. It was just something for her to see that I was moving forward.”
World of Sheepy is a children’s book with stunning illustrations by Brighton artist Richard Berner.
It tells the adventures of five friends, including Sheepy, who should not be mistaken for an actual sheep; Sox who carries around a bow, but appears to be missing his string and arrow; and Martha who is a feisty girl always ready for the next adventure.
“It’s a story where they go on adventures and they have to solve The Riddle of Occurrence,” said Henrietta.
Ultimately the characters are unable to solve the mystery, so it is left for the reader to work it out.
The riddle is sealed in an envelope in the back of the book. Once children have read the story they can go online and fill out a form with their answer. Those that are correct will be in with a chance to win a prize.
“I grew up in Wimbledon with the Wombles where kids used to leave things in the trees in Wimbledon Common. My characters live in a mystical world on top of a hill, so when kids see a hill they think it might be there, like Chanctonbury Ring,” she said.
Henrietta, who has lived in Storrington for seven years, hopes to adapt the book for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 pupils and plans to create educational packs to visit schools with.
“Parents told me they were worried that so much is done online now, so I’ve created a link between the written world and the online world.”
The book will be printed by PurePrint Group based in Uckfield; it is planned for an August release.
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