A former Brentford schoolgirl has written a book informing children of the dangers of global warming, and is looking for help to get her message across.

Sarah Watson has written Ellie and Starlight, a story about a Yupik Eskimo from Alaska and her best friend Starlight the polar bear, who go on an adventure to find out why their homes are slowly disappearing.

The 36-year-old, who lived all her life in Isleworth until a few months ago, has a digital publisher who is eager to see the story go to print - but first the author needs to collect £15,000 for the project.

Ms Watson who went to Isleworth Town Primary School in Twickenham Road and Brentford School for Girls in Boston Manor Road, has turned to crowdfunding website Kickstarter to get the money together.

The book, which was illustrated by Monika Filipina Trzpil, is aimed at three to seven-year-olds and Ms Watson, who lived in Hartham Road before moving to Hampton two months ago, is keen to see the book published.

An illustration from Sarah Watson's children's book Ellie and Starlight
 

The teaching assistant at a private school in Fulham said: "It is a picture book for young children and at the end there’s a list of simple things they can do to help the environment, like using eco-friendly bags and switching off lights.

"I think it's important that children know small changes can make a difference.

"They can make better decisions to look after the planet. They can make the right choices and make less mistakes than others have before them."

The subject has been close to her heart since she researched a presentation while studying at Southampton University about the first climate change refugees from a place called Newtok in Alaska.

"When I first read the article it struck me that native people, living humble lives were losing their homes because of modern man’s bad habits," she said.

The book is aimed at three to seven-year-olds and Ms Watson would love to see it read in schools.

"The main market would be schools. It would be a book that would open discussion and a book that children can learn from. It's very much an educational book," she said.

An illustration from Sarah Watson's children's book Ellie and Starlight
 

She has a publisher called Digital Leaf, which specialises in children's digital books.

"They want to print it which is unusual for them. But because it's my first book they've asked me to pay for it so I'm hoping to get it through crowdfunding," she said.

Unfortunately for Ms Watson, time is against her. She needs to collect the funds by next Monday (15).

"I know it’s a long shot but I’m really passionate about this," she said.

If successful Digital Leaf will print 3,000 copies of Ellie and Starlight and represent it at international book fairs.

Anyone interested in helping Ms Watson can go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/1084007386/ellie-and-starlight