International Literacy Day 2017.  Rewriting stories to help rewrite lives.

International Literacy Day 2017

Rewriting stories to help rewrite lives

Almost one billion adults worldwide do not have basic reading and writing skills. Wanda Steward was one of these people, but she has spent the last year learning to read and write for the first time. 

Wanda told us how she struggled to read bedtime stories to her children when they were young. Using her imagination, she made up her own tales to match the illustrations in the books and created her own character called ‘Pong-Pong the Brave’. Today, Wanda is on her way to becoming literate and she has written a new tale for Pong-Pong based on the classic children's story "Chicken Little." And Actor Idris Elba is helping to take Wanda’s story from her imagination to a global audience by contributing a foreword to the book and filming a heartfelt bedtime story reading that parents and children alike can enjoy.

You can download a free copy of Wanda's book, and for every book downloaded, Pearson will match up to $1 to adult literacy charities.*

*up to a maximum of $10,000.

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This is ‘A Little Chicken Named Pong-Pong’, a fresh retelling of the classic story ‘Chicken Little’ , with a twist – it has been rewritten by Wanda, who has spent the last year learning to read and write, using just the pictures.

By rewriting this famous tale, we are bringing to life just one of the challenges illiterate parents face – not being able to read their children a bedtime story.

Join us in helping to rewrite the lives of those living with illiteracy by reading and sharing Wanda’s story. And for every copy of the eBook downloaded, Pearson will donate $1 to our partnered literacy charities.*

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