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Adventures of Billy Beetle

Zofia Leszczynska

The story book is for young readers about to enter the world of printed words. Children are fascinated by reality and imagination where anything is possible. Matching sound with the printed word is a very complex process, which is often a stumbling block for some.
All children enjoy rhyming games because it diffused their fear of failure, that is why rhyming formats are so popular and successful with young or reluctant readers.
Billy Beetle allows readers to engage with the printed word in a non threatening way while having fun predicting what could come next.
The illustrations give opportunities for observation and a chance for discussion on a lot of other issues such as preservation of the natural world.

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My early years were spent in a British settlement camp outside Crewe in Cheshire. I began my full time education at the age of twelve (after the camp was disbanded) in Ludford St, girls secondary school in Crewe. I transferred to a girls grammar school when I was sixteen, then I completed a teacher training course in Alsager in 1966. I worked as a class teacher and teaching deputy headteacher in the Manchester area until I retired in 2004. In the late nineties as the head of a Polish Saturday school I was also an examiner in Polish speaking O level examinations. The ideas for Billy Beetle books started while I was teaching, however as education is a time consuming profession I was not able to concentrate on the development of these ideas until recently.