Milton and the Invisible Coronavirus  explain COVID-19 intricacies to 5-8-year-olds 

Recognising the complexities that come with understanding the coronavirus disease to the younger generation, a Danish publisher and the Indian arm of an MNC have come together to develop an illustrated children’s book to help shed light on what the pandemic is all about, and how we can play our part in fighting it.

Developed with children aged 5-8 years in mind, Milton and the Invisible Coronavirus follows the rabbit Milton, and his two friends, Amanda the butterfly and Conrad the hedgehog, as they navigate the various challenges in their daily lives as a result of the pandemic - from social distancing to ensuring personal hygiene. This book aims to reduce the fear and uncertainty children may be experiencing about the COVID-19 pandemic that is difficult to understand.

Sample these takeaways:
“Hi! My name is Milton, and I’m a curious forest rabbit who loves to go on adventures around the world. I’ve visited lots of lovely children from different countries. I have a magical world map. When I dive head-first into the map, I can go wherever I want. I live in a cave in the enchanted forest with my two best friends, Amanda and Conrad...

“I’m happy that my cave is so nice and cosy, because these days, we actually have to stay at home most of the time. You see, there is a contagious virus that is making a lot of people around the world very sick...

“Thankfully, most of the people who become sick with coronavirus will get well again. All around the world, clever people are working hard to create medicines that will help the sick to recover quickly. They are also working to find a vaccine against the coronavirus that can make sure you don’t get infected at all...

Fortunately, we can all help to stop the coronavirus. Conrad told me about it. We just need to help each other and follow some simple advice...

“Conrad told us how it is important to wash your hands very thoroughly. In fact, you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds.“The coronavirus will go away, and everyday life will go back to normal. Until then, we must remember to follow the good advice and take care of each other...

Let alone children, adults too have much to learn from this. In Denmark, the book is already being used in primary schools to alleviate concerns and explain the COVID-19 situation to these young children, offering a way for teachers and students to discuss some of the questions the pandemic has raised.

Written by M. D. Stromfeldt and Rikke Falkenberg and illustrated Lykke B. Jørgin, the book is available as a free download at www.grundfos.in.      - IANS