A former recycling worker from Ilkeston has written a children’s book with a difference that is proving a big hit.
Michael Booth, who lives half the year in the Canary Islands, started his Teide Bear educational book series six years ago in a bid to entertain and educate youngsters.
Since then the book has been published, not just in English, but many other languages too – all carrying the same motto ‘rescue, recycle and reuse’.
Michael, who grew up in Ilkeston, said: “When kids read stories like this they remember the adventures and the excitement.
“But what also sticks are the messages about recycling and looking after the community.”
Michael worked for both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire county councils in recycling.
The hero of the books is named after the highest mountain on Tenerife – Teide – and is pronounced like ‘teddy bear’.
The first book in the series is Teide Bear and The Pirates and sees the polar bear protagonist rescuing 12 little dogs from a gang of mean pirates.
Boo the dog in the book was based on his own terrier Scooby.
Michael said many people who buy the book purchase a stuffed bear at the same time.