Last year, Year 1 teacher Rosie Bloom contacted us with something very special: a book that she wrote and illustrated (with design from Pauline Aubury) during the first lockdown period. Rosie explains: 'the idea of writing a story came to me early in the first lockdown when I had lots of spare time. I thought that a light-hearted but meaningful story would be an effective way of teaching children about the changes they'll be facing in school.'
In Hedgehog Wants a Hug, Hedgehog emerges from hibernation to find the world a very different place. His friends are acting strangely and everywhere is very very quiet. Hedgehog soon learns about how Coronavirus has affected the world...
Rosie shared her story with Year 1 pupils from her school (Mead Primary School) on the first day back after last year's school closures. It proved to be a valuable resource in helping the children to settle back into school.
We are thrilled that Rosie has allowed us to share her story on our blog.
You can view extracts from the book below or read and share it in full here.
Rosie has also created a Facebook page and an Instagram page called Story Time with Miss Bloom where she shares videos of herself reading picture books aloud.
What a brilliant resource to share in the classroom or at home.