Sabden woman writes Christmas book

Author Bernadette Finegan with her book 'The Christmas Please and Thankyou'.'Photo Ben Parsons
Author Bernadette Finegan with her book 'The Christmas Please and Thankyou'.'Photo Ben Parsons

a TRUE story of how two children learned to say “please” and “thankyou” has been turned into a festive storybook.

“The Christmas Please and Thankyou” is by teacher Mrs Bernadette Finegan of Sabden who was inspired to write it from her experiences as a a parent with her own children, Annie (11) and nine-year-old Matthew.

Author Bernadette Finegan with her book 'The Christmas Please and Thankyou'.'Photo Ben Parsons

Author Bernadette Finegan with her book 'The Christmas Please and Thankyou'.'Photo Ben Parsons

She said: “We were having a few problems with them forgetting to say please and thank you so I bought two cuddly bunnies and each one had a letter from Father Christmas telling each child how important it was to remember your manners.”

When the children discovered the rabbits and the special letters they were thrilled to bits and it certainly helped them to change their ways. That was a few years ago but the seeds for a book were sown and Bernadette, who is a teacher at Burnley’s Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, eventually began painting watercolours as illustrations for the book.

She said: “The chidren are excited about the book especially as the children in it are named after them.”

During her 20 year career as a teacher Bernadette (43) who lives in Whalley Road, Sabden, with her husband Shaun, has read her way through numerous story books and she always nurtured the idea of writing her own.

“The Christmas Please and Thankyou” has been published in partnership with Grosvenor House Publishing and is for sale on Amazon at £6.99. It is also available on the Waterstone’s website.

So could this be the start of a career as the next J.K. Rowling?

Bernadette said: “I have some other ideas in my mind but I am just going to wait and see what happens.”