Students’ book shows value of good food and exercise

(L-R) Danielle Tremeer, Hannah Stamp, Hannah Mackay, Alana Jiang-Weston, Lesley Clements, Rachel Hine and Becky Thomas with their book, A Taste of the World with Bertie

Students from across the University of Plymouth have put together a book for primary school children on the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

A Taste of the World with Bertie was developed by students from arts, health, business and education; telling the story of a young cat called Bertie whose swimming adventures take him and his friends across the world.

It follows last year’s successful publication Swimming with Bertie, which was designed to teach children how to swim, and includes healthy recipes and advice on how Bertie and his friends can eat well to perform well. 

Both books were put together alongside University partner company, Aqua Elite, which is co-run by Psychology graduate and former University Sporting Excellence Scholar, Antony James.

Antony said: 

“I think the book looks fantastic and it follows on so well from the first one, highlighting the best foods to eat in order to give your very best in competition. Part of Aqua Elite’s aim is to promote swimming and healthy living at grass roots level, and the way the students have embraced this is brilliant. I particularly like that the recipes are provided after the story in order for the message to be carried right through – it’s something we’re really looking forward to sharing with schools.”

The story was written by BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing student, Hannah Stamp – who also wrote Swimming with Bertie – and BA (Hons) English and Publishing student, Danielle Tremeer, while illustrations were completed by BA (Hons) Illustration student Lesley Clements.

BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health students Becky Thomas and Rachel Hine designed and cooked the recipes that feature in the book – each related to one of the countries that Bertie visits on his world tour. 

Finally BEd (Hons) Primary English students Kerri Andrew and Hannah Mackay reviewed the text to make sure it was appropriate for the target audience, and BA (Hons) Business Studies student Alana Jiang-Weston – who has just completed an internship at the University – project-managed the book from start to finish.

Alana said: 

“It’s been a great experience working with people from across the University and beyond to get the content together, and we’re all so pleased with the finished result. In business it’s important to take on skills such as time-management, communication, delegating tasks and teamwork, and project managing this book has enabled me to improve in all these areas. I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed to the book, and really hope it has an impact among young children.”

To obtain a copy of A Taste of the World with Bertie, email

BA Business Studies student Alana Jiang-Weston led the project while on an internship:

The project has helped me learn about delegating tasks to people, teamwork and communication - all of which are key skills in the business industry.