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Bear stays in lockdown

Picture books are a useful resource for teachers and parents when tackling difficult or sensitive issues. Because COVID-19 has come upon us so quickly, there hasn’t been time to commission, write and publish good quality children’s literature for this purpose.

To fill this gap, Carol Mutch, a professor at the University of Auckland has put her educational and story-telling skills to work to tell the story of a toy bear’s time in lockdown. Originally, a series of Facebook posts to entertain family and friends, Bear’s adventures have gone global. They are available here as a pdf that can be read on an electronic device.

There are many discussion points along the way, depending on the level of the children hearing or reading the story.

Click on the ‘Download PDF’ button to access the story book.

In Book 3, Bear remains in lockdown, Bear faces more highs and lows. He joins in as many household activities as he can but he misses his friends. To his delight, his best friend Alligator comes out of quarantine and makes a surprise visit. After some fun with Alligator, Bear learns that it is important to stay true to who you are.

You can also read about Bear’s other experiences in lockdown, in Book 1Bear goes into Lockdown and Book 2Bear settles into Lockdown

By Carol Mutch