Sparkly mermaid launch!

Sparkly mermaid launch!

Sparkly mermaid launch!

Big, sparklesome thanks to everyone who helped make the launch of Estella and the Falling Star a great success. Thanks to Susie Tyler for doing some brilliant drawing; Tiverton Library for hosting and helping to organise the event; and to everyone who came along and joined in.

The morning started like this:

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and soon became like this:

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The story is about a stargazing mermaid, so the children made some lovely, sparkly mermaid pictures…

sparkly picturesparkly picture 2shells and sparkles picture

Amy read some of the story to the children:

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and Susie did a live drawing of a mermaid, with help from the children:

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The children had some wonderful creative ideas about how the mermaid should look. At the end, Susie invited everyone up to help colour in and decorate the page:

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And this was the final result:

Susie and finished mermaid

We also announced the results of our mermaid colouring competition: congratulations to everyone who take part, and particularly the wonderful winners and runner-ups.

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At the end of the morning, Susie and Amy sat down to sign a book or two:

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We were greatly helped by the two cups of tea (on the left of the picture) from Susie’s magical bottomless flask. And you can just see a glass dish next to them, which once contained delicious chocolate stars. (They seem to have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Ahem).

So, thanks again to everyone for helping our mermaids to come into the world with a splash. We’re looking forward to running lots of other exciting events again soon!