Leyburn author publishes new children’s book

Hannah with her sheep.

Leyburn author Hannah Russell has published a new book inspired by her two Valais black nose sheep.

Izzy & Ida the Valais black nose sheep – A New Home is Hannah’s 15th book.

Hannah said: “I got Izzy and Ida in 2021. I studied BTEC agricultural  and always wanted to get some sheep of my own one day.

“I love the Valais black nose sheep which originate from Switzerland. I loved the coats and how much character they had, and after recovering from cancer treatment I decided to take the plunge and get two naming them Izzy & Ida.”

She added: “I never knew sheep had so much character.

“I knew animals had a lot of character but seeing the sheep pick up feed buckets and get involved with activities like the horses do was a surprise.

“My two are always bouncing around the field and I train them to go over jumps.

“They are very sweet and generally love following me around the paddocks. They have given me a great focus over the last year and I enjoy sharing them online with others — I couldn’t not write a book about them.”

Hannah is better known for writing books based on her miniature Shetland Little Alf.

Hannah first began writing stories about Little Alf when she was just 17 and has gone on to write a further 14 stories all featuring Little Alf.

Since getting Izzy and Ida, Hannah has been posting updates them online with some posts getting more than 70 million views all over the world.

The new book is a fictional story full of illustrations, based for readers six years and under.

For more information, visit https://www.hannahlittlealfandfriends.com/