Teaching assistant Helen and artist Tim team up to create children's book

April 03 2021
Teaching assistant Helen and artist Tim team up to create children's book

A TEACHING assistant who always wanted to write a children’s book has seen her dream become a reality, after writing it during lockdown.

Helen Isaac, who lives in Winterbourne Down and works at Elm Park Primary school in Winterbourne, grew up in Fishponds and Downend before going to London to do a teaching degree.

Her book, called Allotment Fun, is aimed at three to five-year-old children and is illustrated by Tim Burgess, an artist who lives in Winterbourne and went to Elm Park Primary school himself.

Helen said: “Allotment Fun is about a little girl who has lots of fun growing all sorts of things on her allotment.

"Working in education for many years, I've found that young children love the excitement of growing things, even something as simple as cress or sunflowers.

"Being involved with nature is very good for all of us, it really helps our well-being. And who knows, growing things as a young child might just instil a life-long love of growing and gardening, which has got to be a good thing!”

book cover

Helen intended to sign up for a writing course first, but her husband encouraged her to take the plunge and just start her book.

Her own allotment was a source of inspiration.

Helen said: “I find that I can just switch off from everything else and be completely 'in the moment', even when I'm doing the most basic jobs! Like the little girl in the book, I have triumphs and disasters, but I have fun along the way!”

Tim, who works under the banner Wild Tales Illustration, said: “My work is drawn traditionally, primarily using inks. I then use digital techniques to colour the images.

"Creating artwork for a children’s book has always been a dream of mine, and I am proud to say I have now achieved it. I hope people get as much enjoyment from the story as I had drawing it.”

Allotment Fun is published by Bumblebee Books, the children’s section of Olympia Publishers. It’s available directly from the publishers or from large online booksellers.