Shifting the focus during lockdown
It was at the height of the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Victoria (when we were in strict lockdown) that the idea of writing a children’s book was born.
Not unlike everyone else, we worried about what was happening in the world and felt the uncertainty about what lay ahead.
Reading books to the children at bedtime is routine in our household and we wanted to give them comfort and reassurance around the thing that was most relevant at that point in time.
Although we had our own challenges (such as working from home and home schooling) we felt very fortunate – we had our health and we still had our jobs. It was a way to shift the focus from being anxious and worried into something positive. We couldn’t control what was happening out in the world but we could empower ourselves to make a difference.
The story of Panda Mick
Mick the Panda’s world gets turned upside down when the virus disrupts his hometown. He can no longer do the things he normally enjoys such as visiting his friends, going to school and travelling.
His mother helps him learn healthy hygiene habits and tries to shift his focus from worrying about the things he can’t control to coming up with ways to help him through the difficult time.
It’s a story about faith and hope. There is a plan that will fix the problem but it will take time.