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Calgary author releases book to support children during COVID-19 pandemic

Carolyn Neary releases the Cat is Scared to support the children of front-line workers amid the pandemic. Credit: Carolyn Neary

A Calgary author is looking to help children during the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of a new book.

Carolyn Neary said she wrote the book Cat is Scared for the children of front-line workers who continue to battle the virus.

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“I was thinking that I would love to be able to do something, just to thank all of these front-line workers, and I heard in an interview a bunch of front-line workers saying, ‘If you want to do something for us, do something for our children,’ and I thought, ‘I can do that.'”

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Neary said the book tells the story of cat who gets stuck in a tree and must confront her emotions to make it back to the ground safely.

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She said the story offers gentle support to children and hopes it can help them work through their own emotions during the pandemic.

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“Our young children, they don’t always know how to articulate their feelings, and this is just a sweet and gentle way for them to be able to continue talking about how they might feel during this time with the pandemic,” Neary said.

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Neary added that she hopes the story can help front-line workers too.

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“For those who don’t have children, we hope to get a book into their hands too, because the story is just a gentle way of talking about handling emotions,” Neary said.

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Neary is also hoping to help children in another way, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta.

Cat is Scared can be ordered online, prices vary depending on the number of books purchased.

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