“Once there was a boy called James. From the moment he was born it was clear that there was something special about him. He just loved to smile.”
James has an amazing gift. He loves to smile. He also has an incredible ability to make everyone he meets smile too. But one day, whilst he’s at a garden centre with his mummy, he sees an elderly lady who does not want to smile. She is sitting in the corner with her purple hat pulled down over her face. She is all alone. James has to work really hard to get her attention. Will he be able to make the old lady feel as if she is no longer just by herself?
James and the Amazing Gift is an uplifting children’s picture book, about how a smile can go a long way to impact the lives of others. Nicola’s story focuses on happiness, positivity and spreading joy. This message is highlighted through the affect that James has on one elderly lady in particular.
Inspired by Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson and David Melling, this beautifully illustrated story is for children aged between 3-7 years. The book aims to teach children of the importance of helping others. Nicola also hopes to raise awareness of the loneliness of elderly people, especially around Christmas time. For every book sold, £1 of the proceeds will be donated to the UK charity Contact the Elderly, which tackles loneliness amongst older people.
"It's utterly delightful and very sweet!" – Anita Dobson, film and television actress.
"A gloriously touching book. Both girls and I absolutely loved it." –Amanda Lamb, television presenter and mother.
"Absolutely love this book! What a wonderful, positive message! Well done Nicola!" – Dr Ranj Singh, CBeebies presenter