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COVID-19 WATCH

Storybook to help children cope with pandemic

MJ Blancaflor

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FIFTY organizations pooled resources for the book. W. Commons

To help children understand the COVID-19 pandemic, humanitarian organizations have launched a story book which explains how young people can protect themselves, their families and friends from the virus.

Dubbed as “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19,” the book also explains how to manage difficult emotions since children confront a rapidly changing reality due to the global health crisis.

The book is aimed primarily at readers aged 6 to 11 years old and features a fantasy creature named Ario and a young girl named Sara.

The book has been produced by more than 50 organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children.

Other organizations and agencies providing mental health and psycho-social support in emergency settings also collaborated for this project, with the help of script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and her team.

“This wonderful book helps children understand and navigate this new landscape and learn how they can take small actions to become the heroes in their own stories,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said.

The book will be translated in over 36 languages in a bid to reach as many children as possible.

It was also released as an online product and an audio book.

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