Allow me some brevity to the seriousness of the current climate. If you can step out of the moment for some light-hearted fun, join me in guessing how beloved children’s picture book characters would be surviving the pandemic and 2020. Below are my guesses of the fates for 10 beloved picture book characters.
Corduroy: From Corduroy: I think of all the characters, this bear is gonna be a-ok! He is used to spending his time alone, wandering around with little purpose, and looking for something that is outside and unattainable. I think we can all relate to those feelings.
Peter: From The Snowy Day: Peter has become all about those daily walks! He is walking around his neighborhood, local parks, and getting those 20,000 steps in. He has developed some serious local guides and is maybe Mr. Neighborhood by now.
Caterpillar: From The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Sorry, friend. But this Caterpillar has most likely gained the COVID- 19. Maybe even more as they have lots of opportunities to eat every item in their pantry. Was it a good idea to stock up on ice cream, chips, and rice? Only time will tell, and this caterpillar is getting hungry again.
Princess Elizabeth: From The Paper Bag Princess: She was the first gal to ditch the stuffy clothes of traditional outside garb and be all about that chillaxing! You will definitely catch this gal rocking her PJs during her Zoom meetings. She hasn’t left the house since March and is fine about it.
Madeline: From Madeline: Madeline is your energetic friend who has a really hard time staying still and indoors! She is channeling all that energy into Zoom Happy Hours, challenging all their friends to Among Us games, organizing HouseParty get-togethers, etc. If they can’t see friends IRL, they are desperate to keep the party going online.
Bunny: From Goodnight Moon: Bunny has lost sense of what day it is or what time it is… they are all about their routines. Routines help them keep some normalcy. Goodnight moon, Good Morning sun, good day brush, another day of mush…
Brown Bear: From Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?: Brown Bear has taken to staring out the window for long periods of time. Too long? That is relative. Time is meaningless. Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? I see mask-wearing and social distancing that’s what I see.
Fancy Nancy: From Fancy Nancy: Ooh Fancy Nancy has gotten all into masks. She has beaded, bedazzled, and bejeweled masks. She has masks in every color from Coquelicot to Vermilion to Skobeloff. She has matching masks for her dolls, including Marabelle.
The Little Engine: From The Little Engine that Could: This little engine is trying her best to get through the pandemic. She thinks she can, she thinks she can, she thinks she can. And if she tries so hard to stay safe and stay inside, she will get through it!
Curious George: From Curious George: Curious George is taking a deep dive into the curiosities of the hidden items in their apartment. When did they start collecting hats? Did the Man in the Yellow Hat have something to do with this? Did they have a plan for this hobby of hat collecting? Do they still or want these hats? Do the hats still bring them joy?
What beloved character are you embodying to survive this time? Or share below if you can think of how more characters would be spending their time in the pandemic!