As promised after his recent imaginings of the Gruffalo self-isolating, the super-talented Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus for primary school age children – and it’s available as a FREE download to print or look at on screen.
The Gruffalo illustrator worked with staff at Nosy Croow, consultant Professor Graham Medley, two school headteachers and a child psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right. The book answers questions about the quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill. All in ways a 5-9 year old would understand.
It covers the following important questions that children might be asking or thinking:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• So 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’s it like to be at home all the time?
• What can I do to help?
• What else can I do?
• What’s going to happen next?
Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers: www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk.
If you are unable to download PDF, we have put the pages below for you as images so you can show your children this wonderful work:
Who is Axel Scheffler?
Axel was born in Germany in 1957, and studied the History of Art at the University of Hamburg. He dropped out instead choosing to care for the mentally ill.
in 1982 he moved to England at the age of 25 to study Visual Communications at the Bath Academy of Art. During an exchange to Cooper Union in New York, Scheffler decided to become an illustrator.
Scheffler worked in advertising and publishing after graduation and lived in London and started children’s illustrating.
The first book he illustrated was The Piemakers by Helen Cresswell, in 1988, and is most known in Britain for his collaboration with Julia Donaldson on the Gruffalo and other children’s books.