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Meet the children’s author encouraging youngsters to eat their greens
AN ACCLAIMED children’s author has landed a publishing deal and is full of fresh ideas to get more kids munching their vegetables. Verwood author Debbie Coggan, who wrote and originally self-published I Don’t Like Vegetables under the name Mrs C, is set to re-launch the book and start a unique supermarket campaign. Her new book deal with Pavilion Publishing means more children will be introduced to her host of crunchy characters including twins Broc and Ollie, Pete Root and Molly Flower.
The mother-of-three said: “The whole idea behind my book was to introduce vegetables to children, without dictating to them, in a fun and friendly way.”
Debbie, 52, has visited several schools in Dorset including Stanley Green First School where the children dressed up for a vegetable-themed school disco to celebrate the series of talks, workshops and planting sessions. She said: “First I would read them my book and I also brought in a big bag of fresh vegetables so the children could handle, smell and touch them.
“Some children have never even seen a butternut squash, but then there are the others who completely surprise you by being able to name the different types of artichokes.
“They found it fascinating and I was completely overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, especially when planting and getting muddy.”
Debbie usually visits reception classes, with children aged four to six, and encourages them to write stories and poems about the different characters.
The children’s author now has several supermarkets interested in a new project designed to keep kids entertained in the vegetable isles.
Debbie said: “Children get so bored in the vegetable isles, so I want to set up some interactive games and activities, like collecting some of the vegetable characters.”
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