Published: 7 April 2020 at 15:41
Anglia Ruskin MA student Kelley Donner’s book is for children ages 2-8
A student from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has produced a book to help young children understand the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Day the Lines Changed was written and illustrated by Kelley Donner, who is studying for a Master’s degree in Illustration & Book Arts at ARU in Cambridge.
Aimed at children aged between two and eight years old, The Day the Lines Changed helps to explain what is happening right now and provides an optimistic view of the future.
The inspiration came to Kelley, a mother of three young boys, while self-isolating with her family at their home in Trumpington, Cambridge.
After fielding a stream of questions about COVID-19 from her three boys, while simultaneously trying to work on an art project, she had the idea for a book that could explain the virus in an indirect way.
The story begins with a green line, who lives together with her family and goes to school during the week. Then one day some of the orange and purple lines in town begin to turn crooked and suddenly everything changes for the green line and her family.
The 45-year-old, who is originally from Kansas in the United States, said:
The Day the Lines Changed is available as a paperback and ebook through Amazon. All profits from UK sales in April will be donated to charities including Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Head to Toe, which focuses on mental health, and the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.
Kelley, who worked as a teacher in the United States and Europe, has previously published the picture books Little Jack Thomson’s Magnificent Brain and Ball! Ball! Ball! For more information about Kelley and her work, visit her website at https://www.kelleydonner.com/