Once upon a time, the famous doctor was just "a kid with a million questions," says writer Kate Messner.
An upcoming children's book is exploring how Dr. Anthony Fauci went from a kid growing up in Brooklyn to the nation's top infectious disease specialist.
The pandemic has made the 80-year-old doctor a household name, and now little readers will get the chance to know him better. Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America's Doctor! explores not just his prominent career but also his childhood full of questioning and curiosity about the world.
"He was a kid with a million questions, about everything from the tropical fish in his bedroom to the things he was taught in Sunday school," author Kate Messner said in an interview with CNN.
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Messner, who has written more than 50 titles for kids, said she'd actually contacted Fauci with questions about another book on famous scientists. But as the two started corresponding back and forth, she realized that he was fascinating enough to merit a book in his own right—from his boyhood days delivering prescriptions on his bike for his dad's pharmacy, to his time working with seven different U.S. presidents.
"I was aware that I was asking for time from someone who was literally one of the busiest people in America as he provided public health guidance during the worst of the pandemic," Messer explained. "But I also knew that Dr. Fauci understands how essential education is in public health."
The book also includes a factsheet for children on vaccines and how they work, as well as tips from Fauci himself for kids hoping to become scientists someday.
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