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Childrens' book created to help kids understand current pandemic

As the coronavirus continues impacting communities worldwide, many children are wondering why they can't do simple things like going to school or seeing their friends. That's why a children's book was created in Chico to help explain.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 7:39 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 9:13 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Emily Hajec and Alycia Jones created, "The Germ Who Got Tired of Waiting" to help children understand what's happening during the current pandemic.

The book costs twenty dollars with all profits going to the North Valley Community Foundation. Donations will support healthcare workers and families in Butte County affected by the virus.

The book took two weeks to make. Hajec says, "through this book it kind of validates how they're feeling. The frustration and the anger, but also it gives a greater message of hope and perspective."

She added, "by staying apart, we're actually able to come together."

After Hajec wrote the book in its entirety, Jones took over the illustrations.

"It feels great to know that kids are going to be reading this story and looking at these pictures and it's going to help them understand that this really weird thing that's happening right now in the world. That can be kind of difficult to understand when you're a child," said Jones.

She drew inspiration from germ characters you see in medicinal ads. Jones says, "my goal for the look of him was for him to look scary, look like a villain, but for him to also look like we can conquer him."

As the pandemic leaves the community in uncertain times, books like this can ease the concerns children may have as they saw their school year likely finished.

If you'd like to purchase "The Germ Who Got Tired of Waiting" Click Here

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