Lockdown and a bus called Ernie inspire teacher’s children’s book
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Restoring a bus called Ernie has proved the inspiration to a Norwich teacher who has used lockdown to fulfil a lifelong dream of publishing a children’s book.
When Wendy Davison, 50, and her husband Rupert turned their beloved big blue Mercedes bus into a travelling home from home they dreamt of venturing far and wide.
But struck home bound in lockdown it has instead proved to be the inspiration for the Bignold Primary School teacher’s book Ernie’s Journey.
She said: “During these difficult Covid times I have had some extra time on my hands and decided to try and make a long term dream of mine come true.
“As a teacher I am passionate about children's education and the power of reading.
“I've always dreamed of creating my own children's book and one day I started to put down some ideas.”
Ernie seemed an obvious character to feature in a story that follows the big bus on a children's rhyming adventure story through Norwich, which celebrates local history and has a hidden Canary on every page.
Mrs Davison, who has been a teacher for 28 years, created the story and drawings featured in the book which has now been published.
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“My enjoyment grew and grew and I started doodling and illustrated my story,” she said.
“I’m not an artist, but I persevered and had many happy hours drawing, painting ,thinking and researching how to improve my skills. Although my computer skills are generally quite basic, I muddled through and used photoshop to improve my designs.
“Eventually family and friends encouraged me to publish my book and again, I self taught myself to learn how to do this.”
The book has proved a huge hit with pupils.“Reading it in storytime they absolutely loved it,” she said.
“I think that is why the children have liked it so much because they can relate to the places.
“They get a lot from it to think ‘wow, my teacher was able to do that’.”
The book has proved such a hit there could be a second story based around Ernie’s adventures to Norfolk’s beaches.