Tuesday, December 15, 2020

" When Mom's Away" - a bookwrap




When Mom's Away 

Authored by Layla Ahmad

Illustrated by Farida Zaman


*Ages:  4-6
*Grade Level: PS-2 
* Format:  Hardcover/ 24 pages
* Publisher:  Second Story Press
* Pub. Date:  April 20, 2021
* Language:  English

From the Back Cover

The Covid-19 pandemic, which seems to be taking some time to go away, has meant BIG CHANGES for one child’s family

Things are changing for one little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine, the girl does her best to be brave.

A great story by a mother-daughter team that will inspire hope and confidence in little ones (and big ones) when times seem uncertain.

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This book is about a Superhero... a doctor who works on the front lines during the virus pandemic!  She has to leave her family and go into quarantine using a cot in her garage.  She must separate herself from her loved ones so they will not be in harm's way.  

Her little girl rightly feels sad by their detachment.  Dad picks up the missing pieces in their lives and they spend quality time together.  She homeschools online, both work on keeping themselves safe by washing their hands and wearing their masks and they shop for their neighbour who can't go out, just to name a few activities that they busy themselves with.  

Luckily mom and she get to video chat which brings much happiness to them both.  Sometimes before dinner the neighbourhood stands outside and clap for her mom and all the other superheroes just like her.  Some bang on pots and pans and even sing their praises as these amazing workers go by.  When her mom finally arrives home the reunion is truly joyous!  Hearts are reunited and the good news is that there aren't as many sick people and things are improving thanks to her mom's dedication and hard work.  

The illustrations are fantastic and the message is inspiring and full of hope.  This book was written for such a time as this and I highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Layla Ahmad was born in Toronto and spent her childhood in New Jersey. She has been a voracious reader and writer since she could wield a pencil, which shaped her love of storytelling. She wants to write for those who feel unseen. Layla loves consuming all forms of media, cooking different pasta sauces, and feels best understood by her dog, Pippa.

About the Illustrator

Farida Zaman has been drawing ever since she was old enough to pick up a pencil. She specializes in illustrating picture books, editorial art, and other product design. Her favorite materials are watercolor, gouache, and acrylics. Farida lives in Toronto, where she collaborates on writing projects with her daughter, and is inspired by her son and her husband.

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