Thursday, October 1, 2020

When the World Stays Inside - Mikey Woz & Sara Panchaud (Illustrator)

Summary: When the world stays inside, there's so much we can do.  There is fun to be had and it's all up to you!  (Summary from back of book - Image from goodreads.com - Book given to me for free in exchange for an honest review)

My Review:  When your children are used to playing with friends, attending school, going to the park, and then it's all just taken away, life can be emotionally challenging for everyone.  It can be easy to dwell on all that we are missing, but focusing on all the things we can't do can make life seem pretty dreary.  Enter Mikey Woz, Sara Panchaud, and this book.  

When the World Stays Inside encourages kids to look for the upside of staying inside, by reminding them of all the fun things they can still do in their own homes.  The vibrant illustrations, colorful characters, and rhythmic prose will inspire children to sing, dance, clean, build, imagine, learn, craft, bake, cuddle, exercise, create, connect with loved ones online, and engage in tons of imaginary play.  I mean, you have to build a blanket fort, right?  And, oh look!  The floor is lava!  Hopefully, with a little persuasion and a lot of choices, kids will see that fun can still happen even when the world stays inside.

Although this book was written to help young children cope with the emotional fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could also be useful for other 'stay-inside' scenarios, like inclement weather or hazardous wildfire smoke.* Regardless of the reason, When the World Stays Inside puts a positive spin on isolation and reminds us all that time spent inside can still be time worth having.

My Rating: 4.25 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader: Nothing to worry about.

*Note: As I type this review, I can barely see past my fence because the West Coast is burning. We topped out the AQI and are definitely not playing outside today.

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