Sidmouth mum releases children's book that encourages next generation to protect planet
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:28 20 December 2018
A children's book, written to encourage the next generation to love, respect and protect our planet, has been published by a Sidmouth mum.
Emily Hobson-Martin, who has lived in the town all her life, released her first self-published book Hilda’s Forest at the beginning of this month.
Based in a British woodland, Hilda the Hedgehog goes on a journey through the forest and helps to free her friends from the rubbish they have become caught up in.
Speaking to the Herald Emily, 30, said: “I have always had a strong interest in nature and the environment, wildlife photography in particular and I always try to make choices which are kind to the environment where possible.
“I have always had ideas for books but never had the time to be able to focus on writing and illustrations and hadn’t quite decided what the books should be about.
“Things changed in June this year when I had my lovely baby girl Maisy.
“So, currently on maternity leave, I have been able to focus on this project, in between nappies and sleepless nights.
“I read a lot of articles about saving the planet, the plastic crisis and pollution in general and it struck me how many of the campaigners for change start from a very negative place – often blaming people if they don’t change everything straight away and, certainly on social media, making it feel impossible to have a say without being shamed if you don’t agree with everything said.
“So I felt that starting with the next generation would be a good thing.
“I couldn’t bear the thought of my nieces, nephews and now own baby growing up in a world where they can’t enjoy nature like I did growing up.
“So not only do I now have a bit of time but also a sudden realisation that we need to act now to try to reverse the damage we have done.”
Emily said Hilda’s Forest was the first in a series of children’s books that are perfect for adults to read to babies and toddlers.
She said it is also ideal for children to read for themselves.
Emily’s book is available to purchase for £5.99 from Flutterbys, Paragon Books and Crane and Kind in Sidmouth or Combe Garden Centre in Honiton.
Visit hildasplanet.co.uk for more information and to see more ideas to get children engaged in nature.