A local Bedfordshire mum of two Helen Bacon, has written a charming story about a little girl called Elsie and her adventures in Space. (The child in the tale was actually named after her daughter.)
The story has been written for children aged 2-6 years old and is all about a little girl who dreams about visiting the moon. The first thing that struck me about this book was how charming the illustrations were by local Bedfordshire illustrator Zoe McCabe. https://www.zoemccabeportraits.com/illustrations
These illustrations really encapsulate the vivid imagination of children. You can picture in your head how a child would visualize the journey into space and the adventures they would have. My son liked the character Jerome, a friendly red and wibbly wobbly, like a jelly Alien. He and Elsie quickly become friends and share their space stories, adventures and dreams together.
The story is simple and quick to read and has a nice flow to it which keeps the kids entertained. The illustration’s fit perfectly with the rhymes and really help to bring the story to life. I wish in fact that we could have heard more about Elsie’s adventures in space before ‘she had to go home for her tea’ as I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and my children loved it. My son wanted to hear it again as he enjoys stories about space, aliens and rockets!
What I really wanted to champion about this book is that Helen has written and published the book on her own. She hasn’t had a publishing house to back her, help with the marketing and printing costs. Its all been funded herself. I think that is to be admired, and the story has been written to give young girls a role model which does not conform to the usual stereotypes. We need more female engineers, scientists and of course astronauts! So if you are looking for a gift for a young one with big dreams this could be a lovely present. It is available to buy for £6.99 from Helen’s website. http://helenbacon.com/
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