Short stories for children about lockdown and the challenges

Date: 03 March 2021

Hetty in Lockdown again

Coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for all of us, including children and young people who have often struggled to adapt to the new situation. The closure of schools, enforced social distancing and disrupted routines may have left them feeling anxious, upset, confused or frightened by what they have been experiencing.

This is why Talya Bruck, Dramatherapist and CAMHS Primary Mental Health Worker, originally wrote short stories to help children process the strangeness of the pandemic and lockdown and all it encompasses.

The stories aim to help families, educators and therapists support young people through the use of metaphor.

The four Savanna friends Silo, Peter, Hetty and Gerry along with El, the wise elephant, navigate this tricky time exploring the themes of change, the unknown, friendship, loss and much more. 

The original stories ‘Hetty's in Lockdown’, ‘The Changing Savanna’ and ‘The Return’ were re-written and co-edited with Patricia Ojehonmon, Dramatherapist, SWLSTG Battersea Mental Health Team, Southwest London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust to fit the third lockdown in January 2021. All the stories have been beautifully illustrated by Erin Cooper. 

You can read the stories below.

Hetty’s in Lockdown Again (PDF document)

The Changing Savanna (PDF document)

The Return (PDF document)

Silo’s Sadness (PDF document)

  • Summary:

    Coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for all of us, including children and young people who have often struggled to adapt to the new situation. Talya Bruck, Dramatherapist and CAMHS Primary Mental Health Worker, wrote short stories to help children process the strangeness of the pandemic and lockdown and all it encompasses.