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Polk teacher writes children's book to ease fears over coronavirus

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 16:57:00-04

DAVENPORT, Fla. — Novel coronavirus can be scary for children.

Their routines have changed, adults everywhere are wearing masks and now they have to have their temperatures checked when they head back to class this fall.

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One Polk County teacher and mom took notice of how it was making her son, Connor, feel.

“For him, it was a major change,” Lyndsay Gendreau, who says she and her husband are not even allowed in class when taking their son to daycare anymore.

Gendreau was up one night thinking about how COVID-19 has impacted her son when it dawned on her to write a book.

‘C is for Coronavirus,’ which is now available to buy, was her way of communicating the changes her family was going through to her son.

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It didn’t take a lot of time to write the book or have it put together, only a matter of weeks.

Gendreau says she watched Youtube tutorials and contacted an outside agency to hire an illustrator.

Connor, her son who is two years old, is the star of the book.

So far, she says the idea of wearing a mask is making sense to him.

“For him, seeing himself and seeing the words ’Connor knows that’ and seeing the mask and the pictures it’s really helping him connect one on one to what our new normal is,” Gendreau said.

The children's book is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.