Book Feature: The Teensy Weensy Virus


The Teensy Weensy Virus provides a way for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of safety measures (like wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing) to children, while giving kids the opportunity to ask questions and share their feelings. Embracing the latest science and backed by medical professionals, The Teensy Weensy Virus pairs simple, kid-friendly explanations with bright, colorful illustrations, while offering additional resources for adults and an informative song (sung to the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider) to help lighten the mood as families engage with this serious topic.

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About the Author & Songwriter: 200 words

Sherri Rose grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well and a hospice and palliative care nurse, she recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during this pandemic that is currently sweeping our globe. COVID-19 has created so much stress, anxiety, grief, and loss for adults—imagine what children must think but be unable to express!

Inspired by her concerns for the smallest among us—as well as by her own significant grief over not being able to hug her children and grandchildren during quarantine—Sherri began to write this book to help preschoolers understand what is going on and why all of us must follow new rules. As a mother of three daughters and three stepdaughters, as well as a grandmother to many, she hopes that the resources found in this book will be useful to all the readers all over the world. Sherri is having six translations created to spread the importance of basic safety guidelines with this very smart virus. She wrote the lyrics to the little song at the end of the book to have something light and happy after reading about a serious topic.

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One day, a teensy-weensy virus came along.

This line was important to me. I feel like “blaming” a country for the origin of a virus is totally irresponsible. Do we truly know that it is not lurking in other corners of our world?
…or in countries where they eat “wild animals”?  Don’t we do this in the United States?

I don’t like to “blame” anyone. Unfortunately, the hatred that this has caused is now being evidenced by many “Anti-Asian” acts of violence. There’s way too much hate in our world right now. 

When I attempted to go to sleep last summer, I realized how grief-stricken I was because I had not been able to hug my youngest grandson for months. I was devastated. Yes, there were already some children’s books published for children about COVID, but I needed one from a health care perspective to read to my grandson – to explain why I tried to hug him through large pieces of saran wrap (really!) or through a large, thick blanket. It was uncomfortable, awkward, and unpleasant, and confusing for him, as it was for me. I had to write this book. 

I was so blessed to find a local publishing company that supported self-publishing authors! Brandylane Publishing Company/Belle Isle Books from Richmond, Virginia has been truly outstanding in assisting me with this venture.

It was a simple book to write; as I had so much experience in Pediatrics and with young children. They are quite easy to talk to, but you need to consider what you say and the emotional impact that can occur. This is such a new topic that we don’t ordinarily discuss with children, so there were some challenges. I made sure I was within the correct “zone” by having a clinical psychologist review my book. We both agreed discussing death at this young age was inappropriate. There are also other wonderful books about explaining death to children that could be used if the child had unfortunately had that experience. 


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