Mary Lynn Isaak’s brush with royalty occurred from a distance, but she’s still thrilled about it. RR-2014-01-08-Erpill_2The addiction counsellor for Saskatoon Health Region’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Tobacco Cessation Program recently wrote a children’s book called Erpill the Caterpillar which was illustrated by her daughter Nicole Berg.

Nicole Berg presents Erpill the Caterpillar to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Nicole Berg presents Erpill the Caterpillar to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Berg presented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the book on November 19, 2013, on behalf of Spark Inside, the British organization where she works.

It was an amazing opportunity,” says Berg. “I never imagined I’d have a chance to chat and joke with the Duke and Duchess, and to give them something I helped to create.”

Erpill is a happy caterpillar. She loves to play with her family and have fun, until one day a young boy named Peter captures her and puts her in a jar. Peter soon sees that she’s unhappy and returns her to her tree branch and her family. “The lesson that child readers can take away from Erpill the Caterpillar is one of empathy,” says Isaak.

Isaak is proud of the royal encounter for her daughter and for the opportunity to share her writing with royalty.

Mary Lynn Isaak and Nicole Berg.

Mary Lynn Isaak and Nicole Berg.