Author Rumana Husain’s latest children’s book, Etienne and the Angry Dot, narrates the story of a child living through the lockdown due to the pandemic. It hits home because it is a story that is being lived by children all around the world.
According to Husain, the book is a result of her observations related to the coronavirus anxiety and frustrations of her pre-teen grand-daughters first hand, as she is currently in the US with them. It is also about her three-year old grandson Etienne who lives in Paris where the lockdown had been pretty severe.
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“Young children have many questions about why they can’t go out, meet and play with their friends, go to school, etc. Etienne had attended pre-school for just two days before the lockdown,” she told SAMAA Digital. “I decided to create this book for children of ages three to eight. It can of course be enjoyed by an older age-group as well.”
Etienne and the Angry Dot is a rhyming story with a dash of humor that empowers young children, makes them understand what this ‘Angry Dot’ virus is set out to do and how, by taking necessary precautions, we can help everyone around, as also the ailing earth.
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“My story of a young child living through the lockdown due to COVID-19 has been lived by children all over the world, but this tale looks at the bright side, and in doing so, provides hope for a brighter tomorrow,” she said.
Husain enjoys writing and illustrating children’s books in both Urdu and English and has over 60 books under her name for children of various ages. “My son encouraged me to create this book for Kindle, and my daughter helped in designing it. This is therefore my first Kindle book, available on Amazon. It is exciting to have a global audience,” she added.
Since the lockdown, Rumana has also been making videos for children on a daily basis, reading her own as well as stories written by other authors, and posting them on her Facebook page (@rumanabooks) and also on Instagram.