The adventurous Parsley Nimblewood is back for Christmas, thanks to the imagination of primary school teacher Mike Forde, who grew up in the rectory of St Cedma’s, Larne.
Mike is son of the Very Rev Stephen Forde, a former rector of Larne, and now Dean of Belfast, and his wife Fiona.
Last April Mike, who now lives in Lancaster where he teaches at Ingleton Primary School, penned a unique story in an effort to help pupils come to terms with the Covid-19 school shutdown.
‘How to NOT go to school’ captured young imaginations throughout the world, as Mike explains: “In just a few weeks it was downloaded over 100,000 times and shared by hundreds of schools with their families. When my class returned to school, I wrote them another story which proved just as popular and has been read and shared all over the world. Both stories have been translated into different languages.”
The first book followed the whimsical daily adventures of Parsley Mimblewood, and Mike followed this with ‘How to go BACK to school.”
In Mike’s latest book, ‘How to SAVE Christmas,’ Parsley Mimblewood decides 2020 will be the best Christmas ever! In this adventure, she’s saving Christmas with a little help from Robo-Gran, South Pole Santa and an Exploding Christmas Pudding.
Parsley lives with her mum and her little brother Bo in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. Each book follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and seven imaginary friends.
Mike says: “I’ve been overwhelmed to hear from parents and teachers all over the world who’ve used this book as a tool to help their families and classes discuss emotions and well-being during this time. Thank you to everyone who’s read, supported and shared the books.”
You can read ‘How to SAVE Christmas’ online for free.