Carolyn Wilhelm has been keeping herself busy over the past year writing and co-authoring books. One of them was written for a very special little girl she knows who has been having a tough time during the pandemic and misses school and all the other social occasions. This is a pandemic coloring book.
Thanks to Carolyn Wilhelm who gifted us with a copy of Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic coloring book for my children to read and color. All opinions are ours.
Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic colouring book goes month-by-month with 1 or 2-page spreads for children to colour, while reading about Chloe and how the past year and a half has affected her.
This colouring book starts at January, 2020, when everything was right and Chloe was looking forward to a summer in Paris with cousins, to when the COVID-19 pandemic and hit the daily news in March.
Continuing on through the months and learning that schools would close and all learning would be done at home. Poor Chloe thought she might have the virus when she coughed, and was afraid she would die…I’m sure many children, including my own, had their times of personal fear.
It was hard to comfort and explain what was going on to children, especially when adults and scientists didn’t know and information was changing quickly as new things were learned about the virus. It didn’t help that images on the nightly news showed mass graves and there were so many conspiracy theories hitting the airwaves.
Chloe tried to enjoy her eighth birthday, but it’s hard to celebrate without a party and extended family in attendance.
Then 2021 begins and new variants were spreading – when will it all stop?
Chloe can’t take anymore of it!
The colouring book months end at February, 2021; however, there are another half dozen pages of pictures to colour that are of some of Chloe’s favourite things, as well as a page with photos of Chloe alongside little line art images that children can colour.
If you know a young child who is struggling with the current situation, you can use this pandemic coloring book as a stepping stone to talking about it and forming ways to cope. It will also let them know that they aren’t the only person having a difficult time.
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Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has finished the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.