Nicole says: ?My friends and family all love to go out cycling, sometimes on tandem bikes like in this story. Lots of children go out on the back of their parents? bikes and so I think even young ones without a visual impairment could imagine what it would be like to ride along like Sara does in the story, on a tandem behind a sighted ?front rider?. The narrator of the poem is the only one not riding a bicycle with another person on board ? so she takes along her soft toy Lou to feel she?s not missing out.?
Age range 5-8 years
Rory and Stella Save the Earth
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Nicole says: ?I think what is missing from libraries and bookshops are fabulous adventure stories that include disabled children as part of the action. In this story Rory, who uses a wheelchair and alternative forms of communication, is the big brother who looks out for little Stella, and the two kids notice things and sort out stuff that have the adults baffled. I wanted to show through a fantasy story that communicating in an unusual way isn?t a ?problem? or a limitation but can be really useful: after all, lots of people find pictures easier to make sense of than words? including me! I?m really hoping someone will be able to draw the pictures to go with this story one day soon?.