When Anna Came To Stay

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May is a carefree girl who likes nothing better than singing along to the Spice Girls, roller blading and eating cheese on toast with her friends. But then May's family moves to a new town and May's world is turned upside down.Out of the blue, an imaginary friend Anna comes along to help May out of her predicament, but Anna's 'solutions' only isolate May from her family and lead her into unhealthy habits.

Local author Maddy Tyers knows only too well the pressures faced by children who become overly concerned about their body image and how they are regarded by their peers. Her story encourages children to feel positive about their body image and to accept the love and support offered them by understanding family and friends in times of crisis.

The Butterfly Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children overcome eating disorders, is very supportive of the lessons to be gained from this important book.

Highly recommended for parents, teachers and health professionals.


About the Author and Illustrator

Maddy Tyers is an actor, presenter, children’s entertainer, voice-over artist and writer based in Melbourne. Away from performing, Maddy is passionate about sharing her lived experience of an eating disorder and body image positivity with school students and parent groups for the Butterfly Foundation. Sharing her experience with young Australians and seeing the impact that it has was the inspiration behind Maddy’s first children’s book title, ‘When Anna Came To Stay’.

Siobhan Skipworth is a freelance graphic designer specialising in illustration and an avid watercolourist and ink artist, who sheepishly hides behind the moniker ‘Shesasheep’. Since winning an scholarship with the Queensland Art Gallery at age eleven, Siobhan has concentrated her creative efforts into a strong and distinctive style, expanding her skillset as an artist and challenging herself with endeavours personally and professionally.