Imperfections are what make you unique

Emma Sandford Author Interview

Hooray for Heidi! Follow a young turtle who makes a new friend on his way to see the animal games; once there, she learns the value of teamwork and that everyone has different strengths. What was the inspiration for your story?

I am well aware that we live in a time where children are becoming more and more self-aware in terms of their appearance, physique and abilities. So I was inspired to write an entertaining story that will ultimately teach kids that it’s okay to be good at some things and not so good at others. No one can be good at everything, and in fact your imperfections are what make you unique.

Are there emotions or memories from your own life that you bring into your character’s life?

Due to adverse experiences in my childhood, I had the habit (and still do) of being self-critical, for example, comparing my abilities with other children, what I was good at and what I was not so good at, etc. I wanted to refer to this with the characters in the book, as it is important for everyone, especially children, to realize their strengths and weaknesses, how to learn from them, how to accept themselves and others, and to be kind and show compassion to others. people no matter how similar or different they are. are.

What were some of the goals you set for yourself as a writer on this book?

I wanted to make sure this book had more excitement for it being the final book in the Sumatra Trilogy, and I hope I did. It was important to me that the book flow well and that the theme stay as close as possible to the first two books, The Trouble with Poppy and What’s Tawny Worried About? I also wanted it to be fun and a bit more light-hearted than the first two books, but still with meaningful messages that would help children manage their emotions and feelings.

What is the next book or series you will write and when can your readers expect it to come out?

Hooray for Heidi! It is the final book in the Sumatra Trilogy, but I have plans for more books in the future. I’m co-writing one with another author at the moment, but can’t reveal any details yet. Check out this space!

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It’s the Sumatra Games and Heidi the turtle is excited! On the way to the event, she befriends a cheerful elephant named José. As the pair watch sports, Heidi realizes that a turtle could never compete, and her smile soon turns into a frown.

Can José cheer Heidi up and can the two animals find a way to join in the fun?

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