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V for the Vaccine: Telling Children the Story of the Pandemic | India News


How do you explain the coronavirus to a child? That was the question that inspired singer Jankee Parekh Mehta to make a series of Instagram videos where she tells stories about how Covid is affecting the world to her Sufi baby. “I could sit here and read them folk tales and fairy tales from faraway lands,” he says in one. “But you, my coronial baby, are living in a time where stories happen where stories happen here, close by, stories with real people, real heroes, real emotion, real fight …”
While three-month-old Sufi may be too young to understand these stories, Parekh hopes she will help him and children his age to “understand a little better the pandemic world they were born into … and appreciate the world in the one who live. this time again ”.
Since the pandemic has lasted for more than a year, most older children have reconciled to their lives on the inside, but it is the youngest who still have a hard time understanding why they cannot meet their friends or why. they wash their hands so many times. This has caused many parents, storytellers, and teachers to get creative using everything from music to comics.

V for the Vaccine: Telling Children the Story of the Pandemic | India News

Tina Narang, editor of HarperCollins children’s books, says the goal is to put together kids with information without scaring them. For example, the new book from the publisher V for Vaccine is based on the contributions of the virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang and tells the story of three characters, Veni, Vidi and Vici, who overcome their fears of being vaccinated. “With so much talk about vaccines over the past few months, kids are likely to be curious,” he says.
The Germ Academy, by author Rea Malhotra Mukhtyar, helps children understand how a virus can spread, through a character named Covie, who is part of a school of germs and whose mission is to infect everyone in the world . On the other side is the heroic Soap Squad, a motley crew of cleaning products that ultimately defeats the coronavirus.
Some books address the emotional impact of the pandemic on the lives of children. Shweta Ganesh Kumar’s At Home looks at how a child’s life has changed, from not sharing tiffins to avoiding playgrounds. Kumar, who has two young children, drew on her own experiences of being a locked-in mother. “I wanted to focus on these issues so that the children who read the book could see themselves in it.”
Everyday Superheroes from author and public health professional Dr. Minakshi Dewan introduces kids to frontline workers like Asha’s workers, lab technicians, and nurses. “I’ve seen my daughter and her friends in awe of superhero characters like Wonder Woman and Superman,” she says. “This gave me the idea to portray frontline workers as superheroes to help children see them from a new perspective.”
Gurugram blogger Vaishali Sudan Sharma says that a Covid song that his guitar teacher taught his son last year helped him record it in his own way. “He still plays it and the words about sanitizing and hand washing are stuck in his head.”
Delhi-based storyteller Kamal Pruthi has also incorporated Covid-19 into his performances for children. For example, Corona ka Khatma tells the story of a boy who wants a cake at his birthday party, and ends up taking two funny characters from the coronavirus when he goes to the market to buy it.
Some children are helping other children understand the virus. Locked up at home last year, nine-year-old Veer Kashyap decided to make a virus-shaped board game called Corona Yuga. Players must leave home and return unaffected by the virus. Therefore, they must buy a mask before starting the game, disinfect if they fall when coughing or sneezing, follow the rules of social distancing when buying food, and self-quarantine after a train or plane trip.
The popularity of Veer’s game among his friends and family led his parents to sell it online. Veer’s mother, Sangeetha, says that playing the game helped her five-year-old sister understand why they had to self-quarantine after catching a flight or why she couldn’t go to the park to meet friends. “Other kids cry and throw tantrums, but we didn’t even have to convince her to stay home,” she says.

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