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Thursday, May 28 2020 - 08:12
AsiaNet
The story of Chinese whistleblower Doctor Li Wenliang is becoming a children's book
LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Doctor Li and the crown-wearing virus [ 
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] is the new children's book by NYT bestselling author Francesca Cavallo, known 
for the globally acclaimed Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series.

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After breaking records with the Rebel Girls Kickstarter campaigns, Cavallo is 
back on the popular crowdfunding website to raise funds for her new project.

The illustrated book tells the story of Doctor Li Wenliang, the first 
whistleblower to raise the alarm that a novel coronavirus was spreading in 
Wuhan, China. He was accused by the police of spreading false information and 
later died of COVID-19 on February 7th.

"Doctor Li became a universal symbol of the importance of science and of 
freedom. In many other countries, doctors and scientists' warnings were 
ignored. That is what makes Doctor Li's story so relevant for all of us," 
Cavallo says.

Doctor Li and the crown-wearing virus was first released for free on Cavallo's 
website as a short story. In two weeks, 40,000 people downloaded it, and 
volunteers translated it into 32 languages. Now, it will become a hardcover, 
44-pages long picture book, with a longer, more complete version of the story 
and original artwork created by scientific illustrator, Claudia Flandoli.

"Children all over the world are severely affected by this crisis, and too 
little is being done to include them in the conversation, to offer them a space 
to explore their feelings about this pandemic," Cavallo stated.

The surge of Anti-Asian racism and the spread of conspiracy theories are 
problems Cavallo wants to tackle with her book.

"It's unfortunate that the President is using this crisis to sow division among 
different ethnic groups." Cavallo continued, "Children deserve to be protected 
from narratives that are rooted in xenophobia, ignorance, and fear. Doctor Li 
and the crown-wearing virus is an origin story of coronavirus based on facts."

Cavallo's campaign launched on Tuesday 05/26 at 8.30 am EST with a funding goal 
of $50,000 and it has already raised 30% of its goal within the first 20 hours 
after launch. Backers have time until 06/26 to pre-order their Kickstarter 
exclusive edition of Doctor Li and the crown-wearing virus in English, Italian, 
or Simplified Chinese. The books will be shipped in October 2020.

The book will be published by Undercats, Inc., the media company Cavallo 
started in 2019 after parting ways with Rebel Girls.

Campaign Link [ 
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Graphic Assets [ 
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SOURCE  Undercats, Inc.

CONTACT:  alessia@undercats.media, +1 323 539 4894