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Friday, 22nd May 2020

Patricia’s book for children in a locked down world

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Patricia Wragg and her daughter Lizzy for whom the book was written.

How to explain the concept of a killer virus or describe a pandemic to a four year old without scaring them unduly is a question that parents the world over are currently trying to get to grips with.

It was also the starting point for a book written by local woman Patricia Wragg who came up with the idea during discussions with her four year-old daughter Lizzy about these strange things called viruses.

“This book is about Lizzy and the idea for the story came from discussions I had with her about the corona virus and how it was impacting her and causing her some worry” Patricia told Drogheda Life.

“I thought that families around the country might be having similar challenges in explaining to their children what was happening so I sat down to write a book.

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“The message of the book, it’s called “A Whole New World”, is the role that talking can play in easing our worries and also the fact that children all over the world can be heroes of kindness by taking care of each other, washing hands and loving our families from a distance during this virus.”

It is the ideal bedtime book for our times as it is designed to calm little children down in this strangest of times when people suddenly started wearing masks and playing in the street or in the park, whilst it used to be encouraged, is now not allowed.

The text is very well illustrated by Hen Moharram with pictures of everyday life during a pandemic done in soothing colours. The book’s introduction sums it up well:

Lizzy learns about the Corona virus, kindness and humanity. She learns that the world is changing, but that talking about her worries helps her feel safe.

She discovers that we can’t control everything but the world is full of hope and everyone can be a hero, we can all play a part in keeping each other safe, and feeling safe inside.

Patricia, who is originally from South Africa but has lived in Bryanstown Manor for the past four years, says she enjoys writing very much, especially poetry. She works as a judicial assistant in the Courts Service. This is her first children’s book.

How to get a copy:

Link on Amazon (eBook and paperback):

Or search for author name on Amazon: Patricia Wragg

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