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Not Without My Whale

10953386_1003357516390069_1504281163637832642_nWe welcomed another author into Chicken and Frog today. Billy Coughlan is a local author, who has had her first picture book, Not Without My Whale, published with Maverick Books. We’re very please to say that another book is due on the shelves in 2017.


Not Without My Whale is a super, gentle book, about coping with daunting situations. It’s a great tale for starting discussions about trying out new things – thankfully Arnold has his whale, as well as a very resourceful friend in Dora.

Billy really worked hard today, sharing her story with three groups of children, including our Creative writing Club. Each session was highly interactive, with actions and cheeky sound effects!

We also found out a lot of interesting whale facts, including the fact that they can hear each other from 500 miles away and that the Cuvier’s Beak whale is one of the smelliest creatures in the ocean! Did you know that a Blue Whale’s tongue is as big as an elephant, or that its heart is the size of a car? Neither did we until this afternoon.

Thank-you to Billy (and to her family for letting us borrow her)- we had a brilliant time and are looking forward to seeing her again soon.

Billy is keen to visit schools in the New Year, so if you’re interested in booking her, just pop in or email us.



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