Student produce book to help children understand pandemic

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A student from Anglia Ruskin University has produced a picture book to help explain the Covid-19 pandemic to youngsters, with profits from UK sales in April going to local charities.

The book, called The Day The Lines Changed, is written and illustrated by Kelley Donner, who lives in Cambridge with her husband and three young sons.

Aimed at children up to eight years old, it aims to explain what is happening in the country via the experiences of a family of green lines.

The 45-year-old, who is originally from Kansas in the United States, said: “My children have asked a lot of questions about what the coronavirus is, how it travels, where it came from, whether their grandparents will be OK, and why they can’t go to school.

“I realised teachers, parents, and caregivers need resources right now to help them explain what a pandemic is, while still giving children a much-needed positive view of the future.

“I hope this story will help to make those difficult conversations a little bit easier.”

Profits will be donated to charities including Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Head to Toe, which focuses on mental health, and the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.