A group of youngsters from Harlington have illustrated a COVID-19 children’s storybook to spread smiles and raise funds for the NHS.

19-year-old art student, Chay Winter and ten year-old schoolgirl, Kaitlyn Powell, have teamed up with author, Susie Cullen, to create the enchanted storybook tale of “COVI, The Little Green Dinosaur”.

The tale is about Emily, a little girl who found comfort in a community dinosaur. Her story is told in rhyme and based on a real-life resident who dressed as a dinosaur and roamed the streets of her home in Bedfordshire to entertain children in lockdown.

Susie Cullen said, “The word “Covid” has such negative connotations for little ones. It’s a word they keep hearing, conjuring up images of uncertain things outside their home.

“My idea was to bring a little friendly dinosaur with a similar name literally into their bedrooms in the form of a bedtime storybook.

“I wrote the poem and asked my Facebook friends to help me illustrate it. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and enchanted by the designs that both Chay and Kaitlyn put forward.

“Other local children have also submitted their Covi drawings and these are included in the storybook, in the form of a collage. It’s a real community effort.”

The book came together in just four weeks and has already got over 50 presale orders on Amazon. The Bedfordshire group will continue to raise vital funds for NHS Charities Together and Chay hopes that selling as many books as possible, “will help little children across the world and also raise vital funds for our keyworkers.”

A second book featuring little Covi the Dinosaur is in illustration and will be made to raise funds in aid of other frontline workers including bus, taxi and railway workers, retail and care working staff.

Buy your own copy of The Adventures of Covi, The Little Green Dinosaur, here.

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