Isabee has new boots, perfect for splashing in puddles after rain.

No one told her they were magic!

But when the boots shout, 'Jump!' and Isabee leaps into a puddle, she finds herself transformed into a mermaid in a magical underwater world.

Here she meets Aquanetta the little mermaid who takes her to the MerQueen's birthday celebrations.

Isabee is introduced to the creatures of the pond and joins the fun as they put on a spectacular show of synchronised swimming, aeronautic acrobatics and birthday serenades for their queen.

Puddle Boots is the first in a new series written by Sarah, Duchess of York and illustrated by Ben Edwards for the Duchess Serenity Collection. Each story features Isabee and her magical boots going on an adventure of discovery based on how water supports life.

You never know where you are going to go next with Puddle Boots.

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Meet Sarah, Duchess of York

Sarah, Duchess of York is a global humanitarian, businesswoman, best-selling children's book author, producer and wellness advocate.

The Duchess has published over 55 books including two autobiographies and titles dealing with health, empowerment, history, art, as well as many children's stories. Books with Serenity Press include The Enchanted Oak Tree, Genie Gems and Arthur Fantastic, Budgie the Little Helicopter Rescues Kubbie the Koala and A Gift of Kindness. Four books from the original Helping Hands series have been re-released. Other children's books include the series of Budgie the Little Helicopter, adapted into a highly successful animated series on US primetime Fox and the children's book Tea for Ruby, published by Simon and Schuster which had its debut at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

20% from the sales of Duchess Serenity Press collection goes directly to Sarah's Trust. (www.sarahstrust.com).

Meet illustrator Ben Edwards

From an early age Ben's, passion has always been drawing, now at 38, he is, at long last, a professional artist. As a young man, he was not the most focused student. His teacher urged him to drop out of Art a month before his A-levels because, in her expert assessment, "you haven't done any work." After begging her for one more chance, he pulled himself up, did ALL the work, and finished with top marks. He was accepted to art school... but never went. He did the “Sensible” thing by doing a business degree, instead. He turned away from art. Years of frustration followed. He tried office jobs before deciding to become a primary school teacher, this decision spurred by the need to share his creativity. Things changed when Ben's Children came along, his wife earned more money, so it made more sense to be a full-time dad to his children, Isabella and Santiago. Later, the pressure of a difficult economy drove him back to work as a construction labourer. Still, in recent years, he rekindled his love of art. He posted examples of his work online until one particular person saw them.

 

When the office of the Duchess of York called with an offer, Ben was at that moment on a building site carrying a hod of bricks. He almost fainted (from the news, not the bricks). Working with the Duchess has indeed been a kind of fairy tale. His own daughter Isabella would become his inspiration for the art of Puddle Boots. And all that creativity burning inside him can now be let out.

 

Ben is an extremely versatile artist and can adapt to all mediums, he really enjoys creating hyperrealistic art and has brought a feel realism to his wonderful illustrations for puddle boots, capturing the emotions and magic Of all the characters.

 

it could be said that Ben has taken a longer route to get to where he should be, but in his eyes, his tough lessons along the way have made him appreciate the opportunities he has. 

Ben lives in Kent with his extremely supportive wife, Rosibel, and their two children.

 

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Isabee, Ben's daughter and star of the book

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