Search

Author launches children’s novel to inspire youngsters

09:00 16 August 2014

Clayhall children

Clayhall children's author Tariq Rana at a signing of his book Five Baby Blackbirds

Archant

A father has written and published his own children’s book.

Tariq Rana, who lives in Clayhall, wrote Five Baby Blackbirds: Learn How to Fly after being inspired by his youngsters Zakaria, 10, Zahra, 8, and Zayd, 4.

Tariq, who works as a director at BT, said: “I want to encourage children to read and tell their own stories.

“In my book, all the baby blackbirds have very different personalities, just like my own children.

“It’s about believing in themselves.”

As well as being a life ambition for 37-year-old Tariq, he has been donating funds from the book to the charity Care Pakistan.

The organisation takes over failing schools in the country where Tariq was born before moving to London when , aged two.

“The situation there is quite dire,” he said.

“There are a lot of kids that cannot go to school, and a lot of schools are failing.

“They don’t have the funds to keep the schools running.”

So far the charity has taken over the running of around 150 schools, paying teachers and staff and providing stability for students.

“I’ve got family in Pakistan so 
I know that education is something we in the UK? take for granted,” 
he said.

“It’s such a privilege here in the UK. Children are desperate to go to school but they turn up and there are no teachers.”

As well as writing and self-publishing the book, Tariq also produced his own illustrations for the children’s story which tells the tale of a family of five blackbird chicks who discover there is more to the world beyond their own nest.

The author entertained other people’s children at a special storytelling event last week at Redbridge Central Library. Tariq read from the book and brought it to life with his own blackbird puppets.

To find out more about Care Pakistan visit carepakistan.org.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:14
Brian Jason, 68 who has been reliving his life as a big time stripper in the 80's

A former stripper has been reliving his glory days following the success of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Yesterday, 13:47
Firefighters tackling the blaze at the Wood Oven restuarant, in George Lane, South Woodford, on Sunday. Picture: Sam Simmons

Fearful residents helped evacuate their neighbours during a kebab restaurant blaze in South Woodford, on Sunday.

Yesterday, 12:27
Laughing gas canisters found in Woodford Green. Picture: @hamapesh

Redbridge Council are looking to ban the use of nitrous oxide and other legal highs within the borough.

Yesterday, 11:37
Two teenagers were stabbed in a knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night.

A knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night left two teenagers in hospital with serious stab wounds.

Most read news

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder