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Spikeys, Prickles & Prongies


It began with a sneeze.

Tita Baby is alarmed when three people sneeze near her just as she's about to board a jeepney. It is early in 2020, a year that would see a tiny virus unleash COVID-19, a pandemic the likes of which the modern world has never seen.

When does a simple sneeze become a big deal? What is COVID-19? What is a pandemic? And what can we do about it?

In clear language, science writer and award-winning children's book author Natasha Vizcarra narrates how Tita Baby catches the virus, quarantines herself, and is vaccinated. By peeling back the science behind Tita Baby's story, Vizcarra sensibly explains how virus spread, how they affect us, and how we can keep each other safe and healthy. Jamie Bauza's lively illustrations bring the COVID story into vivid focus for teachers, parents and youngsters alike.