A new book launched this week called ‘Charlie and Spud in the Stone Age’ is aiming to teach children about Jersey’s history.
The story, by Penny Byrne, tells the story of Charlie’s journey through time into the Neolithic era, where he meets the inhabitants of a Stone Age village and discovers a variety of prehistoric artefacts.
The book is the first title in the series of children’s books about Jersey’s history written by the author.
Commissioned as part of the Island Identity Project, the author has worked alongside Jersey Heritage and Jean Treleven, local historian from Société Jersiaise, to ensure that Charlie and Spud in the Stone Age is historically accurate and fits in with the primary school curriculum.
The book will be available to buy from Penny’s website and at heritage sites and in local businesses, including The Trading Point, The Harbour Gallery, and post offices at Rue des Prés and Broad Street. All profits from sales of Charlie and Spud in the Stone Age will be reinvested into the next book in the series.
Pictured: Author Penny Byrne with her new books.
To celebrate the launch, Penny will take part in readings today, where books will be available to buy:
Charlie and Spud in the Stone Age carries the Genuine Jersey stamp: it has been conceptualised in Jersey, illustrated by local artist Erin Brown, and printed in the island.
Penny said: “This book is designed to be an accessible and fun way for primary school children to learn about their community's unique history, heritage and culture.
“We have absolutely loved bringing the Neolithic period of history to life: it is an age I have always been fascinated by, and we are lucky to have so many dolmens dotted across the Island that children can visit and see for themselves.
“We worked hard to ensure the book links directly into our primary school curriculum, and have really appreciated the incredible help of those at the Jersey Heritage, who have given their time and expertise to make this the best it can be.
"We hope our readers find it both a lovely story but also full of interesting information.
"And we are so grateful to the Island Identity project for supporting this initiative.”
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