Hope’s world has turned grey. It rains so much it sweeps her up into the ocean. There she finds sea creatures with blankets of seaweed, paintbrushes, and wise words. Overnight, Hope learns the importance of being kind to herself and letting go of her worries.


Hope is a picture book written by Louise Pendry. Capturing the words, thoughts and feelings of the students about Anstee in the midst of the January lockdown – the story was written with the students for children as a way to talk about feeling anxious, lonely or full of worry.

The students helped to illustrate it as restrictions eased and we returned to workshops. Each page celebrates the importance of time and space to reflect on your feelings. As students either painted colours for the sea or made intricate prints.

Read the story here. Best viewed full-screen!

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