A CHILDREN'S author paid a visit to a Romsey school to read her latest book.

Anne Wan entertained pupils in Years R, 1 and 2 at the Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Church Lane, where she read her book called Manners Fit for the Queen.

Deputy headteacher, Tom Langford, said: "Anne has written the picture book called Manners Fit for the Queen and we were so pleased she agreed to visit the school.

"Anne entertained the children with some lively and fun story time sessions highlighting the importance of good manners whilst reading from her latest book.

"The book highlights for children some important messages about manners, doing this in an easy to understand way using the tale of Hector who causes chaos with his terribly messy table manners.”

He added: "Hector’s sister, Isobel, has found her own way to cope with his mess, but the book reveals how she coped when they are both invited to a garden party with the Queen – some good lessons for children of all ages.

"The pupils really enjoyed interacting with Anne especially enjoying all the humour in this story which was guaranteed to make the pupils, and the adults, smile.”

Year 2 teacher, Mark Harris, said: "The Year 2 children really enjoyed this visit and we still talk about the book and we often use the idea of Manners Fit for the Queen when we all need to focus.

"The children were really enthusiastic saying 'I love the story', 'I wish I could go to a garden party' and 'I like the bit where Hector is very messy'.”

Children also had the chance to take home signed copies of her book.

Ms Wan said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the school.

"The staff were so welcoming and the children were a joy to work with.”

Headteacher, Julie-Ann Palfrey, said “We aim to promote confidence and positive attitudes towards reading and our children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction reading books.

"Having a real author in school to talk about her own book gives an extra and new dimension to reading for the children.

"We are so pleased that Anne Wan could visit the school – reading your own work to children is very special and the children appreciated this.”