The book aimed at three to seven year olds tells the story of ‘Pip’, a New Forest bat who has an invisible friend.
It is perfect bedtime story - not only is it beautifully illustrated but also helps children learn about creatures of the New Forest and reminds parents to drive safely.
‘I wanted to create a short story that engages children’s imaginations but would also help them to learn about the New Forest. The Forest is so unique I wanted to explain it in a fun and engaging way,’ said Julie.
‘It also has a message in it for adults about driving in the New Forest at night time and how important it is to look out for ponies and other animals crossing the road.’
The ‘Night Mare’ is available from the New Forest National Park Authority’s online shop ‘Forest Store’ priced £7.00 and from the New Forest UK app in iTunes for 69p.
Biography: Julie Blake has worked for the New Forest National Park Authority since 2007. She studied Graphic Design and specialised in illustration at Norwich School of Art. Since then she has exhibited artworks in Hampshire, Dorset and London. Having previously illustrated for editorial publications, this is her first published children’s book
Buy 'Night Mare' from 'Forest Store' http://www.foreststore.co.uk/
New Forest UK app in iTunes
Notes to Editor:
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
■Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
■Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.
We also have a duty to:
■Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.