Friendship, magic, hope

Written by Watership Down author Richard Adams’ granddaughter Lucy Moonen, and award-winning illustrator Gillian Johnson, Simon and Rosie is a story set in the current context of COVID-19. It is a tale of friendship, loneliness, imagination and self-acceptance. Its setting is commonplace – the park near your home – yet what happens is magical.

We want to create a comfortable space for young children and their adults to explore their feelings at a challenging time. We hope that by gently reflecting the circumstances our young children are experiencing we will help them to feel more at ease in the world.

The download is free of charge, and we hope that you, your children and your friends will love it – please do share it widely if you have enjoyed reading it.

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Praise for Simon and Rosie:

“A great kid’s book” – Mary Beard, Classicist; Twitter, @wmarybeard

“Love this gorgeous little book” – Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor, TV presenter and author; Twitter, @DrRanj

“If you’re looking for resources to help you talk with young children about social distancing and the effect of Covid-19, take a look at this charming free online picture book” – Stephen Lockyer, primary teacher and author; Twitter, @MrLockyer

“What a delight…An endearing story which picks up elements of the current situation with sensitivity and humour. The illustrations draw you into the story and the mix of rhythm, rhyme, subtle repetition and beautiful language leaves one with a magical feeling of empathy for the bench, for our NHS and key workers and for each other as we come back together in our new normal. A hope-filled and imaginative read. I wish my son was small again!” – Ronnie Reading, Director of Teaching & Learning, Abingdon School

“The story delighted our 800+ preschool followers with its relatable characters and beautiful illustrations. We would like to thank Lucy and Gillian for creating this unique and wonderful story for our little ones during these challenging times.” – Esha Richardson, Session Leader, Hartbeeps North London