Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19
Nicole Crimi was a child of six during the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, and that experience contributed to her decision to study medicine. When COVID-19 struck, she thought about how her young nephew and other children are having to cope with the pandemic and all the scary changes it has brought about. That inspired her to write and illustrate the new book “Patty and the Pandemic” to help kids feel empowered and understand that we are all in this together.
The rhyming book tells the story of superhero Patty who, along with her friends, is fighting to keep “the bad bug” at bay. It helps teach children ways they can stay safe and prevent transmission of the virus.
100 per cent of all proceeds from the sale of “Patty and the Pandemic” are being donated to Face the Future Foundation, an international medical humanitarian and educational organization that helps to provide reconstructive surgeries for kids and adolescents in less developed countries.