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Wizard flies thanks to nursery groups' Welsh.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP

DEWIN, a brand new children's character, was launched at the Eisteddfod yesterday.

He lives in the Balalwn in the sky and his mission is to encourage small children in the cylchoedd meithrin (Welsh playgroups) to speak Welsh.

Mudiad Meithrin spokesman Hywel Jones said the Balalwn is powered by children speaking Welsh in their groups.

"When they speak Welsh the Balalwn flies high and Dewin is happy. But when the children forget to speak Welsh, then the Balalwn drops in the sky and Dewin becomes sad," Mr Jones explained.

Dewin, which is Welsh for wizard, can do all sorts of magical things.

But sometimes he needs help from his faithful friend, a small dog called Doti.

Mr Jones said that Dewin and Doti will feature in a series of books and on a special interactive website to be launched during the autumn.
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Date:Aug 5, 2009
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