Introducing Rebecca Wright – Author of Simon and the Magic Drums
For those of you who’s children attended our 4-6yrs acting, singing and dance classes in Twickenham and Hampton Hill, the name Rebecca Wright needs no introduction, but what you may not know is that since moving away, Rebecca has been using her creative skills to develop a brilliant new children’s book called Simon and the Magic Drums which was published on 31st October.
The story focuses on Simon who doesn’t understand how to communicate, which means other children don’t understand him. This lack of understanding causes some children to tease him, and others to disregard him like the unwanted crusts of a sandwich.
After a run-in at school, Simon takes refuge in a music room where he is unexpectedly taken on a great adventure, when a magical drum-kit befriends him and whisks him away to the land of Vozori.
Together they encounter strange and compelling creatures which all help them as they go on a quest to find Simon’s voice.
Rebecca’s own son has ASD, and she has worked with children with the same diagnoses so understanding the challenges children can experience came very naturally.
“Sometimes verbal communication can be a struggle for them, not knowing how to express what they want or think about the world can cause frustration. We often think of communication as verbal, but in this story Simon gets taken to a magical land called Vozori, by a magical drum-kit and finds another way to communicate to the world.”
Since publishing the book, Rebecca has been busy developing a workshop for schools which will help children to understand that we all communicate in different ways.
We’d like to congratulate Becky on the publication of her first book and wish her every success with the schools workshop and of course, her next book!