Menai Heritage, the independent charity that runs the popular Bridges Exhibition in Menai Bridge, are pleased to announce the publication of their first children’s book, Llewod Pont Britannia / The Lions of Britannia Bridge.
Written by accomplished children’s author F.J. Beerling and illustrated by Lucy Gilbert, the bilingual Welsh/English book tells the story of a clever young girl called Uarda, who likes solving puzzles and wants to be an engineer. She travels to the Menai Strait in Wales to see the Britannia Bridge, and while there strikes up a friendship with one of the stone lions that guard the entrance to the bridge.
Jenny Porter, a trustee of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust and the organizer of the project that produced the book, says “Our new book is aimed towards children aged 7-11, in curriculum Key Stage 2. It uses the story to engage kids in problem solving and the ingenuity of engineering.” The book has been sponsored by Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
The book costs £5.99 and can be purchased online at menaibridges.co.uk/childrens-books. It will also be available at many local shops and tourist attractions that sell books, and from the Menai Heritage Bridges Exhibition, in the Thomas Telford Centre, Menai Bridge, when it reopens in the spring of 2021.