Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mums Spread Their Wings

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mums Spread Their Wings

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Byline: By Joanne Parkinson

Betty the Butterfly is to float off on another adventure after the huge popularity of her debut appearance.

A group of mums from a North Tyneside toddler group brought Betty to life in a children's book back in June.

And so popular was the book, the mums are set to write a follow-up or create an interactive visual art installation based on Betty's adventures.

The entertaining and educational book was about a cabbage white butterfly who goes in search of colourful wings.

Mum Debbie Laird said: "We are amazed at how well Betty has been received by the people of North Tyneside, particularly the children, and we would love to take it further."

Debbie said: "The workshop was designed to help us manage a further project ourselves, we have all already learnt so many skills while working on this book, but if we went on to do a further book we would be on our own which is why we did the course."

The mums, of Killingworth's Footsteps Toddler Group, have been delighted by the popularity of Betty and have just ploughed the profits from the first batch of books into ordering 12,000 more to distribute in Newcastle, South Tyneside and Sunderland. …

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