A Hertfordshire writer has published her first book, a story of environmental crisis and the effects on wildlife.
Kathryn Rose Newey, a resident of Farm Close in Ware, published her book ‘Animals in the forest: The Day Terrible Things Came’ in September, which stemmed from her interest and concern in the environment.
Kathryn said: ‘I’ve always been interested in this aspect [the environment] myself, and I told myself before I die I have to write a book. We do things for ourselves and don’t see or realise how it affects the animals.’
The nine chapter book is full of animal characters, and tells the story of their response to environmental crises; mirroring how humans often deal with these issues. Themed for children and young teens between 8 and 14 years, not only is it an engaging story, but one to educate readers on these real life problems.
The characters are named to honour young environmental activists, conservation groups, and anti-fracking groups. There are also many links in the back of the book, to open up discussion and questions surrounding the important topic.
To aid the educational book, Kathryn has also created worksheets and booklets, hopefully to encourage teachers or home schoolers to use the book to teach young children.
Kathryn added: ‘Kids are the future, so it’s important for them to have literature that can educate them.
‘I’d hope that not only will readers enjoy it, but start them on a journey to helping the environment.’
The ex-school teacher now works part time supporting students at Oakland’s College in Ware, as well as writing her books. The second one is now finished and ready to publish, based on science fiction. A third one is being written for next year, which will be back to the topic of nature conservation.
‘Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Come’ is now available as a paperback or an e-book from amazon, and shortly also an audiobook.