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So, who am I?
For anyone who doesn't know me, I'm the mum of a gorgeous, lively, funny little girl called Thea.
And what am I Crowdfunding for?
We love reading to Thea, but it struck me one day that so many children's books, particularly old fashioned fairy tales, have been teaching some incredibly odd messages to generation upon generation of children. The Princess and the Pea? A tale of a young woman, whose future mother-in-law (disbelieving her claims of royal status) makes her sleep on a pile of mattresses so high, if she so much as rolls over in her sleep, she's looking at multiple bone fractures. Cinderella? The Prince doesn't even recognise her once she's changed into daywear, but as the shoe fits they marry after what, 2 hours of dancing? She left at midnight and she arrived late: this is not long enough for anyone to decide on a life partner.
So, I decided to put digit to keyboard and started writing what I hope you'll one day agree are inspirational and funny stories. And not just for girls: we want our boys to read stories with messages of equality too. Let children be who they are and who they wish to be.
So what am I actually raising money for?
I've been working on a number of rhyming children's books over the past couple of years, and have decided to self publish. I'm setting up a publishing company, and have started working with an amazing illustrator called Jacquie Hughes on what will be the first book. Jacquie did the amazing illustrations of the two main characters, Florence and Frank, who you can see here. I'm self-funding the process from savings but sadly there's a bit of a shortfall, hence reaching out via Crowdfunder.
What's the book called and what's it about?
It's called She's Not Good For a Girl, She's Just Good and is about a girl called Florence, who loves sport. A boy at school (a bit of a fool), called Frank, thinks that girls are rubbish at sport, so young Flo challenges him to a competition. They meet in the gym after school one day, and with everyone watching, compete to see who's the best.
Can we read a bit of the book before we decide to pledge?
Of course! Here're the first 4 verses:
There once was a girl, with a head full of curls,
whose Daddy had taught her to throw.
They would practice all day, whether sunny or grey,
and even in Wintertime snow.
See when she was two, she had picked up dog poo
and thrown it as far as she could.
Her mummy cried “NO!” but her daddy thought “Oh,
that throw was really quite good.”
After washing her hands (as good hygiene demands)
and agreeing to never touch poo,
(see the germs can’t be seen and it’s not very clean:
it’s simply not something we do),
the daddy said “Flo, when did you learn to throw?
You threw with incredible ease.
What else can you do, can you run fast too?
I could teach you?” and Flo said “yes please!”