Delighted to feature Jann Weeratunga’s books in the new Children’s Cafe and Bookstore and today I am featuring the first book in the How Polly Became a Pirate:Polly’s Piralympics Book 1)
About the book
Polly the Baby Parrot is stolen from her nest in Africa and ends up in Tobermoray, Scotland.There in a pet shop, she is bullied by village boys until rescued by Captain Hake. Then she starts her training to become a Pirate.This interactive book is a must for parents and teachers to help them identify if a child is being bullied at school or their surrounding environment, without the child feeling they are snitching.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I loved the character of Polly and how she develops over the course of this book. My granddaughter and I read it together and both of us were very drawn to her as a hero. It took us a couple of days to read as we wanted to enjoy every paragraph. We’re glad we read this one together first. She mentioned she would like to read another in the future.
The books in the series and other books by Jann Weertunga
About Jann Weeratunga
Jann Weeratunga was born in London in 1963. She has lived and worked in London, UK: Sri Lanka: UAE and Bahrain. Currently, she lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her four fur babies.
She was a Primary School Teacher and a Scout/Cub Leader for over 20 years and now visits schools giving workshops on writing books, as well as anti-bullying talks.
She has written three children’s books series – the Polly’s Piralympics Series, the Toucane Series and the Hettie Series
The Polly’s Piralympics series was inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In his closing speech, Sir Phillip Craven told of how a young boy was reading with his mother. In the book, he saw a man with an eye patch, a hook for a hand, a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg.
When asked who it was, he said:
“Well he has only one leg, so he must be an Olympian.”
Such was the strength of the London 2012 Paralympics that it changed peoples’ perceptions of disability forever. The speech made her both laugh and cry and gave her the inspiration for this series of books which are both unique in concept as well as content.
The Toucane Series, for younger readers 5-8 year-olds, are stand-alone stories, with colouring pages.
The Hettie Series ages 3-6 are colouring-in books with a simple story.
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