Written by Heather Maisner as part of her Dinosaur Douglas range of books that offer an exciting and fun way to explore health-related subjects for Early Years children, this fun children’s book, using the familiar inimitable charater of Dinosaur Douglas, encourages children to think about the food they eat and to exercise.
The average five-year old is reported to be consuming the equivalent of their body weight in sugar each years and when Heather discovered this she joined forces with Paediatric Consultants at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to address this issue and attempt to educate children about what they eat and exercising in this fun rhyming story.
Over-eating sugary food and drinks can lead to dental decay, weight gain and obesity, affecting children’s wellbeing, causing low self-esteem, bullying and missed school days. Yet this can be avoided by educating children, while they are very young.
“Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather’s use of rhymes combined with Alex’s terrific illustrations… ensure that they grab the children’s attention right from the word go.”
“I’ve read all the Dinosaur books with my toddler and he loves them all. They are not only clever and engaging but educational. They all teach life long lessons and I would recommend all of them for the series. A must buy!”
Natasha, source: Amazon
“I read this to my grandchildren and they were totally engrossed. Great rhymes and pictures and an important message. I look forward to reading more.”
Ruth Orme, source: Amazon
About the Author
Heather Maisner is author of over 37 children’s books, including award-winning titles, published by many UK publishers.
Her children’s books range from picture books to books for fluent readers and teenagers and cover subjects as diverse as tractors, planet early, history, the weather, first-time stories and stories that are ideal for reluctant young readers, combining fiction with fact, and games with information. Her books have been translated into many languages and are sold all over the world.
Her first books for children, The Tractors of Thomson Yard, published by Walker Books, were inspired by her son’s fascination with tractors. At a time when there were no books with tractors as heroes, she created four titles, based on a Norfolk farm. Each tractor has its own song, and the stories explore the working life of tractors throughout the farming year.
Heather spends her time between London and Norfolk, and her house is always full of pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, budgerigars, a chinchilla – but no dinosaurs. Until now . . .
Heather is also Publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books – fun, healthy, rhyming books, which cover subjects including oral health, vitamin D, healthy eating and exercise, hand-washing, mental health and stress – Finalists in the Early Years Excellence Awards.
Dinosaur Douglas Books are written, working closely with paediatric consultants at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, H&F Family Support, Alberta Wellness Initiative and the NSPCC.
Heather teaches creative writing to children, has been Author in Residence at two Hammersmith primary schools, taught trainee teachers at the University of Hertfordshire and students at Queen Mary’s College and was on the Board of Directors at ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society).