Placere. Protegere. (Wear a mask. Protect your friends)

How great was my delight this morning to get an email from Maggie Rudy, the Oregon-based artist whose exquisite 3-D storybooks are works of art. She’s been working with local teachers to promote mask-wearing during the Covid crisis.

I’ve written up Maggie’s work in the Our Mythical Childhood survey: her retelling of Aesop’s Fable in City Mouse, Country Mouse caught my eye on a trip round the children’s section of my local library, and we’ve been in conversation about things to do with Latin and children’s literature.

Maggie developed a poster to promote mask-wearing, and put it on her website in early July. She made it available as a free download after teachers asked if they could print it for their classrooms. If you’re interested, click on this link: the image is 300 dpi, and can be printed up to 11×14.

It’s a lovely way to make mask-wearing less alienating and frightening, especially for kids. (And showcases Maggie’s exquisite sculptural work from found objects.)

There’s more, though! The poster is available in 45 languages (and counting), including Finnish, Polish, Hmong, Haitian Creole, Nimiiputimt, and even in Latin and Ancient Greek.

Super-cute, and full of kindness and beauty. I’m off to download and print it and put it on my office door. Gratias ago tibi, Maggie!

–Elizabeth Hale

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