The Gruffalo, Stickman help show social distancing to children

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler create special sketches to help children understand the new COVID-19 restrictions.

The Gruffalo’s author and illustrator, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a series of new sketches showing their popular characters practicing social distancing.

The creations are aimed at helping young children to understand the new regulations which have been brought in to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos are all shown keeping a safe distance from each other.

For example, a sketch shows the Gruffalo walking behind the mouse, with the words: “Alright said The Gruffalo bursting with laughter/You go ahead, I’ll follow two metres after.”

Stickman is shown keeping fit in his tree with his family, while Granny and Grandpa are shown receiving a call from their grandchildren – aimed at stressing the importance of exercise and keeping in touch with family members.

Julia explained to BBC Breakfast last week: “Axel had this idea of doing some witty sketches, each based on one of our books and each kind of incorporating a tip about coronavirus.”

Axel added that he wanted to do something lighthearted and cheer people up.

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