BAKERSFIELD, CA. — A Quailwood Elementary teacher wrote and illustrated a Covid-19 pandemic book for her 4th grade students titled, "Once Upon a Time There Was Covid-19."
The book explains the pandemic and distance learning from a teachers perspective.
“That’s how the story starts out, 'On March 16, 2020 she found out school would be closing at the end of the day because of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19," recited Cara Nicoletti, Quailwood Elementary 4th grade teacher.
The book was inspired by her students experience during the summer pandemic.
“I wrote the book because I wanted to document for my students everything that has happened," said Nicoletti. "Things are happening so fast and I don't think anyone is taking the time to write them down. I wanted them to have something tangible from me for the rest of their lives."
The book shows bittersweet memories of what the teachers and students lived through virtual ceremonies and graduations, drive-by birthday celebrations, and saying good bye to in-person classes.
“The last page of the book says, ‘On the last day of school, Miss. N and her students said good bye online for the summer, they gave eachother virtual hugs, they knew eventually everything is going to be ok, and their teacher loved them very much,'" said Nicoletti.
"Once Upon a Time There Was Covid-19" is available on Amazon Books now.