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Sophies tale takes off

HAPPY ENDING: Sophie Ferns-Wright with the book she wrote and ’published’ with the help of her grandmother, Edith.
HAPPY ENDING: Sophie Ferns-Wright with the book she wrote and ’published’ with the help of her grandmother, Edith. Digby Hildreth

MOST four-year-olds make up stories, but few will be lucky enough to have a grandma as creative and industrious as Edith Ferns, of Newrybar.

Sophie Ferns-Wright is one of the fortunate ones.

Among the many stories that pour out of Sophie, there was a consistent one about a talking buttlerfly named Emma who befriended a little girl named - you guessed it - Sophie.

Grandma Edith thought the story was so good that she decided to capture it in writing, have a friend provide some artwork and, with the help of a desk-top publishing system, turn it into a very respectable looking children's book.

Thus The Adventures of Sophie and Emma the Talking Butterfly was born - possibly the first in what may become a series.

And Sophie has ambitions to have other stories published too.

"I love telling stories and making up plays and jokes - sometimes with shells or potatoes as people," she said.

"This is the first one that Meme (grandma Edith) has made into a real book."

Sophie usually likes to illustrate her stories herself, but for this one "Auntie Dolores" - local artist Dolores Hartwig provided the very beautiful artwork, helped by her daughter Bayley.

"I drew the butterflies and there's a big butterfly that my daddy (artist Roger Ferns) painted," Sophie said.

Chapter Two of Emma's tale is already in the pipeline.

But the Emma saga is competing for its youthful author's time with a story about the Potato family celebrating a birthday, and another about the Ibis children on holiday.


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