COVID-19 is a big deal-but with all that adults have to worry about, it’s easy to overlook the pandemic’s impact on children. This book provides a great way for parents and caregivers to introduce and reinforce the importance of safety measures to children while giving kids the opportunity to ask questions and share their feelings. Embracing the latest science, The Teensy Weensy Virus pairs simple, kid-friendly explanations with bright colorful illustrations, while offering additional resources for adults and an informative song to help lighten the mood as families engage with this serious topic.
I really liked the idea behind this book!
As an adult I am a little weary of Covid -19 but I have a three year old daughter who is very inquisitive and coming to learn more about this.
We went in to lockdown and isolation not long after she was two and a half so it has been around now for a good chunk of her young age. Sadly she saw me get very poorly with Covid as I have a low immune system it took a good while for me to fight it and it did affect her and upset her to see me so unwell at home so the book was good to be able to talk more about it.
She knows hands, face and space and that we need to stay at least 2 metres away from people but this book helped explain a little more why and gave me a different way to touch upon the subject.
It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!
GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR – THE TOP FIVE THINGS I LEARNED BY WRITING THIS BOOK!
- I continue to remain shocked that such a large section of the U.S. population chooses possibly to disbelieve scientific data.
- I had no clue how hard I’d have to work! Unless you’ve self-published, there are so many agencies you must have contracts with – whether for the packaging of the book, editing, the distributor, the major book sellers, marketing is more than a marathon, and much more. I did add a song which required getting sheet music sold and a musical score created.
- How proud I felt when the first book arrived. I was almost shocked at how gorgeous it was; much thanks to the wonderful illustrator, Megan Brawand. She did all the illustrations with the guidance of the text that I had written, including lots of diversity and special needs. I was so happy we could team up with this project together.
- I did not need to do a lot of research for this book as I had continued to read closely about COVID since it was first identified. The introduction in the front of the book to parents, grandparents and caretakers was important to me. It was no different than discussing what would be going on with a sick child I may have seen in a medical office. Education is critical for parents to understand what is happening, and it improves their ability to care for their well or sick child. The intro (in adult terms) was hopefully a way to start out with initiating trust with the reader.
- The Title: it was the night that I could not sleep. Words started coming to me, as I wanted to reinforce the safety guidelines in the book along with the song. Then it hit me: the precious song, The Itsy-Bitsy Spider. Was it public domain? My research determined that it was! Hand gestures would also help reinforce the guidelines. I essentially used a book (visual, auditory and tactile learning), a song (music, rhythm, happiness – auditory, visual, tactile). Using all the senses that you can truly enhances learning, especially with little ones.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & SONGWRITER
Sherri Rose grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well and a hospice and palliative care nurse, she recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during this pandemic that is currently sweeping our globe. COVID-19 has created so much stress, anxiety, grief, and loss for adults—imagine what children must think but be unable to express!
Inspired by her concerns for the smallest among us—as well as by her own significant grief over not being able to hug her children and grandchildren during quarantine—Sherri began to write this book to help preschoolers understand what is going on and why all of us must follow new rules. As a mother of three daughters and three stepdaughters, as well as a grandmother to many, she hopes that the resources found in this book will be useful to all the readers all over the world. Sherri is having six translations created to spread the importance of basic safety guidelines with this very smart virus. She wrote the lyrics to the little song at the end of the book to have something light and happy after reading about a serious topic.