Children's author Kathy Tallentire has seen her debut book Nana Duck shortlisted for a national award after being inspired to write about the special relationship between youngsters and their grandparents.
The book also uses the phrase ‘ay up, duck’ to teach children about language as three-year-old character Ellie becomes mystified by why everyone calls her gran ‘duck’. It leads to the little girl having a dream where she imagines her grandmother trying to swim, waddle and fly as if she is a real duck.
Kathy worked with Stone-based illustrator Sarah Croker to bring the story to life and it’s now in the running to be named best pre-school picture book in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The winner will be announced next month.
The 35-year-old author, from Endon, said: “It would be lovely if grandparents read the book with their grandchildren. It’s amazing to see the learning you can get out of it.
“I’d also love to go into every primary school in Stoke-on-Trent with the book.”
She made her first official school visit yesterday when she was joined at Packmoor Ormiston Academy by some real-life grannies, who enjoyed listening to the story with their grandchildren.
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