Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Published by Nosy Crow on April 13, 2020
Source: Free on-line
Genres: Childrens, Science
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What is the coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it?
Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.
With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
The facts are presented in a clear, easy to understand way, even while admitting that we don’t know everything about the new illness yet. It’s calm and concise. It talks about how we can catch the virus and what happens if we do, but isn’t scary about it. The illustrations are colorful and inclusive. We learn why it’s best to stay home right now, but acknowledges we, children and adults, can be worried and bored and angry and that’s okay.
And there’s a happy ending once the scientists and doctors “work out how to cure the illness and maybe stop people getting it altogether by using medicines and vaccines.”