There’s a children’s book all about COVID-19 that has the answers to basically every question imaginable – it’s called When the World Went Inside.
An Aussie Mum has helped all parents deal with the uncertainty and trying times of living through a pandemic. When the World Went Inside explores the challenges faced for everyone, particularly children.
When the World Went Inside explores the seemingly simple things that kids (well, everyone) is missing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Author, Charlie Golding, did not miss a beat when highlighting how life has changed due to coronavirus.
Trips to Grandma’s place? We miss it.
Going to the beach? We miss that too.
Going shopping? You guessed – we miss it!
Parenting is a tough gig and trying to explain a pandemic to your kids isn’t something you ever thought you’d have to figure out. When the World Went Inside addresses all the questions kids might (and will) have about these unprecedented times.
While it is super important to keep our kids safe by explaining how serious the pandemic is, it’s hard to gauge just how much they need to know. When the World Went Inside unpacks the reality of what is going on, explaining what the virus and germs mean to us right now. The book reinforces the importance of hand hygiene, safe distances and exercising caution in our actions.
Fear not – When the World Went Inside does not paint our world as a scary place. In fact the book reminds our kids that this is all temporary – a challenge we will get through, as long as we do things right.
A time capsule
Whether you’ve realised it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic will be something that future generations will learn about in the years to come. We will be describing pandemic-life to our grandchildren, helping them complete their school project on it.
When the World Went Inside encompasses all the symbols and little details that may have otherwise been forgotten over the years.
The toilet paper fiasco plays a part in this book (thank goodness – perhaps future generations can learn from our mistakes).
Rainbows in windows and teddy bear hunts will forever be the symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And, chalk art on footpaths.
Golding included every last detail of pandemic-life.
Masks, social distancing, isolation and lockdown – it’s all there.
A book for kids, big and small
I took When the World Went Inside on a test run with my kindergartener. He already knew there were germs out there, but the breadth of his knowledge was limited. I have found the whole experience extremely stressful and have avoided deep discussions about the pandemic, assuming this would mean my anxiety would not be projected onto him. Well, this definitely was not the case.
He soaked in every word, as I read When the World Went Inside to him. He felt a strong connection to the main character, Theo, relating to everything that Theo missed about life pre-pandemic.
For bigger kids, there are pages filled with useful information that will surely answer the further questions they’ll come to ask. Heck, I’m in the thirties and I got answers to many of my own questions, while reading When the World Went Inside!