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National contest brings young Troon artists to book!

 06 February 2015  |  

Abbie and Sam are pictured with their work featuring in The Day the Wind Blew.

Abbie and Sam are pictured with their work featuring in The Day the Wind Blew.

Having your work featured in a book might be ambition for many, but for two talented Troon school pupils – who aren't even teenagers yet – it's already a dream come true!

Abbie Simpson (12) and Sam Haddow (8) both entered a national art competition, to illustrate a fictional story of children who battle their way to school through strong breezes – which then grow into a hurricane and destroy their village – leaving them trapped in their classroom!

Ingeniously, the children use debris from the storm to make kites to attract help and, as the community work to rebuild their homes, the kites become a symbol of hope.

Only 27 pictures from the UK were chosen for the book 'The Day the Wind Blew' in the fifth annual illustration competition organised by the disaster relief charity ShelterBox and managed by The Reading Agency, through Chatterbooks, the UK's largest network of children's reading groups.

Each year the competition focuses on a different type of disaster which ShelterBox has responded to and this year's theme was 'hurricane'.  

Abbie and Sam had their illustrations selected by the renowned illustrator Michael Foreman and author Claire White – and the proud pair received copies of the book at a special celebration in Troon library – where the creative duo attend the local Chatterbooks reading club.

Sam said: "It's really great. My picture showed a tree getting blown down and it was used on the back cover. I was really excited to see it there."

Abbie added: "I drew a picture of kites flying in the wind and I was so happy it was chosen to go inside the book. It's great to be able to show people my work in a book!"

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: "Wow! For Abbie and Sam to each have a drawing selected for this lovely book is an amazing achievement, as there were literally hundreds of entries from all over the country.

"Well done to them both! I'm immensely proud of them and their pictures are brilliant and I really hope this success will inspire them and other young people to keep on using their imaginations, to continue drawing and to build on their love of reading and books."

The Day the Wind Blew can be bought from and costs £4. All proceeds go to the ShelterBox charity.


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