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Cornish mums create book to help children understand coronavirus

Cornish mums create book to help children understand coronavirus

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:35am 16th March 2020.

Two Cornish mums are taking action against coronavirus by helping children to understand it better. 

They have created an e-book explaining the virus in an age-appropriate way alongside illustrations.

The idea came to Ellie and Laura after a friend's six-year-old son came home in tears about what he had heard about Covid-19 in the playground.

He was extremely distressed, refused to touch anything and was convinced everyone in his family was going to die.

Mum-of-four and author Ellie Jackson, from Looe, mentioned this to her illustrator, Laura Callwood from Launceston, who had had a similar experience with her two young children.

So the pair decided to create a children's picture book called The Little Corona King.

The short picture book follows a simple story that explains some of the concepts heard about coronavirus in the news such as self isolation, school closures and health risks. It combines it with simple health practices such as hand washing.

Now they hope The Little Corona King will be used by parents and teachers.

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"It was obvious to me that my children were picking up information about the virus from lots of different sources. My kids didn't really understand what was going on and started getting anxious about what might happen.

"I wanted to write a story that would take this uncertainty away and help put the virus into context for them whilst giving them the information they need.

"This book is not a scaremongering tactic nor is it wanting people to panic. It is a resource for parents and teachers to use to engage their primary or preschool aged children with simple health practices, reasons why things might change, helping them adjust to possible school closures or self-isolation if needed. 

"I am hopeful the messages within the book will help alleviate children's fears by giving them the information they need to help prevent the spread of coronavirus."

Ellie Jackson, author

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About the e-book:

The e-book follows two young children as their parents explain to them what the coronavirus is, how it relates to their family and how they can help protect themselves and others.  

It promotes safe practices for families to follow such as hand washing, avoiding crowds, etc and does so in a gentle and positive way without the need for scaring or upsetting the children. 

It has also been translated into many different languages for use around the world to help teachers, parents and children in other affected countries.

The book is now available online in digital format only from iBooks, Google Play and Amazon.

You can out more about the e-book and how to get it here.

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