NHS Charities Together is set to benefit from a charming new video and print book that reinforces to children the importance of taking time to rest – and keeping their promises. Written and illustrated by mother of two, Barbara Panetta from Richmond, Surrey, Chloe’s Promise is free to download, but aims to raise valuable funds from voluntary donations.
Ben Shephard, presenter of ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Tipping Point, proudly agreed to narrate the story, which uses an ant called Chloe to reinforce its key messages.
Barbara Panetta, Italian published novelist, was in her garden listening to one of her daughters diligently practising a difficult Chopin piece on the piano, when she noticed a column of ants struggling to collect a biscuit crumb that had fallen to the ground. This set Barbara’s thoughts in motion, and the idea for Chloe’s Promise was germinated.
With both her daughters being very musically gifted, Barbara was able to enlist the kindest collaboration of pianist Alessandro Viale to create and perform a bespoke soundtrack for the video book. Barbara worked together with children’s psychologist Giovanna Campolo to ensure that the words used and the moral is appropriate for children of three years and above. The result is a charming, illustrative lesson that is sure to engage any small child.
The book can be viewed on the website www.antchloe.com