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Newark: Mount CofE Primary School teacher releases first children's book

A teacher at Mount Church of England Primary School, Newark, has had his first rhyming children’s book published.

Matt Terry, who teaches years five and six, wrote The Boastful Pansy in just one day in February last year.

“I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book,” Matt said.

Matt with his book, The Boastful Pansy (49661544)
Matt with his book, The Boastful Pansy (49661544)

“I looked out the kitchen window one day and there was this one flower. This one pansy.

“I just thought that if I was a flower, I’d be chuffed. This flower just shows off because it’s the only one getting any sunlight.”

Matt thought that it was important to him to include a moral behind the story.

Matt said: “The moral of the story is humility and forgiveness.”

“I was really passionate about making sure that it had a message. A hidden message for them to unpick.”

Matt has been a teacher for seven years and although he is already planning to write a second book, he says that he can’t see a career change any time soon.

“I really see myself as a primary school teacher first,” Matt said.

“I love teaching, I don’t plan on quitting. It’s just more about the achievement in doing it.”

“My head teacher and the other staff are extremely supportive. The support I’ve had from my colleagues has been overwhelming.

“I have to pinch myself constantly, now it’s here in front of me it’s genuinely unbelievable.”

The Boastful Pansy can be bought now from Waterstones and Amazon.

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