This is a book about the coronavirus and disease prevention. The book explains scientific knowledge specifically COVID-19 in a way that is accessible to children in language and in plot. How does a virus invade the human body? What impact does it cause? After reading the book, children will be equipped with the knowledge to protect themselves and their families without fear.
After reading this book, children will learn: ‧How are viruses discovered? What are they consist of? ‧What effects or threats would viruses have on humans? ‧What are the viruses that infect humans? Where does the coronavirus come from? ‧How does the coronavirus spread? How does it invade our body? ‧What would happen to our body if we get coronavirus? How come some people do not feel any impact? ‧What can we do to protect ourselves? ‧What are the contributions of health care workers and scientists?
This book tells you all about COVID-19! Learn WHAT is coronavirus and know HOW to protect yourself.
What is coronavirus? Why does it cause severe pneumonia and lead to a pandemic? How does it enter the human’s body? How do we prevent its attack?
QUEEN CORONA from the Kingdom of Virology invites you to join her lab. We are going to shrink ourselves into tiny particles to meet all types of viruses.
Once you unlock all the secrets about coronavirus, you will be a certified COVID-19 investigator! Are you up for the challenge?
For kids aged 5-9. Independent reading material for kids aged over 10.
Author Ingrid Y Liu Ingrid Y Liu is the president and professor of Tzu Chi University in Taiwan. She received her B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, an M.S. degree in microbiology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Professor Liu has published several scientific papers and drew storybooks with her son. This is her first children’s picture book. She hopes to introduce the knowledge regarding COVID-19 to parents and children in memory of the author of several popular children picture books──Dr. Chia-Huei Hsing.
Illustrator Red Chen Red Chen is a freelance illustrator and stay-at-home dad at present. He enjoys living in the vibrant and energetic city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. He has illustrated numerous children's books and teaching materials for many publishing houses. He hopes to bring the passion and vitality of southern Taiwan to all children and adults.
Reviser Jenny Lee Jenny Lee is a teacher by profession, but a student at heart. She studied Religious Studies and Education at York University in Canada, and received her M.A. from National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. She is currently a lecturer at Tzu Chi University.
【To Readers】 Knowledge is Power!
As I am writing this letter, there are about 5 million COVID-19 confirmed cases worldwide. Many are living in countries lacking proper medical resources. We are lucky to live in Taiwan with an effective epidemic control team and good medical care system.
The new coronavirus is a new virus that we know little about. Hence we are afraid and anxious about the pandemic. I would like to thank Tzu Chi Communication and Culture Foundation at the invitation of writing this book. It is important to introduce COVID-19 related knowledge to children and parents. Knowledge is power. We can learn how to protect ourselves from the infection by learning more about the virus.
We choose to publish this book in a picture book format so readers over the age of 10 can understand the terminology and knowledge of COVID-19 on their own. The scientific knowledge is made more approachable thanks to our illustrator―Red Chen. We hope to present the SARS-CoV-2 in a colorful and amusing design rather than horrible and evil because all organisms live interdependently on Earth. If we respect the existence of other living beings and protect the ecosystems, the chances of viruses jeopardizing humans could be much reduced.
This book helps me recall the days when I used to make picture books with my son. We “published” a few and presented them to our neighbors as gifts, but never kept the original copies. To me, this book is a great reminiscence of those years.
This book is also in memory of my friend―Miss Chia-Huei Hsin, who contributed most of her life to children’s literature and was honored by the Golden Tripod Award before she passed away. She told me that only few researchers read my scientific papers, but many more can be influenced by a good children’s picture book. Her words motivated me greatly in the making of this book.
Good scientific papers make significant contribution in the development of research and knowledge. Chia-Huei’s words made me realize the importance of transforming profound scientific knowledge into sentences that everyone understands. I met Chia-Huei when I was hosting Love Reading , the Dai-Ai TV program, several years ago. On the show, I introduced her picture book―The Hope Provided by a Violin―a beautiful and meaningful story that truly moved me. I would like to dedicate this book to my friendship with Chia-Huei and I hope to spread scientific knowledge with a colorful palette.
Most importantly, I hope the pandemic is gone when this book is published. Best wishes and Good health.