Students are lining up in their numbers to receive a signed copy of Hervey Bay’s latest homegrown literary adventure – and snap a photo with the star of the book.
Fraser Coast Anglican College (FCAC) junior school teacher Nick Harry launched his first book during The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Book Week 2020.
Mr Harry and the star of the book – his very own pet sausage dog, Sally – were met with smiles and excitement when they arrived at the FCAC launch on Tuesday afternoon, October 20.
Sally the Sausage Dog Visits the Vet is a story that teaches young readers about resilience, friendship, trust and confidence.
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If you buy a copy of the book at one of Mr Harry’s signings this week you also get to pose for a photo with Sally!
Mr Harry said teachers encourage their students to explore the world around them and publishing a book was his way to show vulnerability.
“You put a lot on the line when you take on a project like this. The excitement definitely matches the nervousness,” he said.
The story is told through the eyes of Sally, who becomes a vehicle for sharing some of life’s lessons.
“Teaching is my passion and I like interacting with children of all ages,” Mr Harry explained.
“I understand how my students think and I love learning how to better communicate with them. I have learnt so much during the process of writing and publishing this book. It is important that students know teachers learn too,” he said.
Mr Harry is hopeful the lessons and important messages contained within the story will reach and impact as many lives as possible.
Being able to launch the book during Book Week was another plus.
“The project took about a year to complete and I am really grateful to FCAC for allowing me to launch it at the school during Book Week,” Mr Harry said.
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Speaking after the first signing session, Mr Harry said he would love to author a series of ‘Sally the Sausage Dog’ books – each containing a special theme and message for the readers.
“Right now though, I hope this book encourages children and their parents to read and write.”
If you want a window into the world of the real Sally and would like to keep up-to-date with news and information around the book, follow her pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Get your hands on a copy of Sally the Sausage Dog Visits the Vet and let us know what you think of the story.
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By Shaun Ryan
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