I received an Advanced Ready Copy (ARC) of an amazing book by author and friend, Jennifer Grant. I read an earlier version and absolutely loved it. The book is now available for purchase! I know that I will be buying and sharing this book with many, many people.
Jennifer wrote the book during the pandemic, as the whole world sought to find a way through uncharted territory. She addresses the trauma and loss and uncertainty, but also the goodness and hope that people found in one another. It's a perfect mix of acknowledging the worst, and finding the best.
The book has journal pages to record your and your child's memories.
"The illustrations by Gillian Whiting celebrate love, family, and community as they were expressed all across the globe in a time that taught us the meaning of togetherness. It also includes journal pages to record your own memories about this unique and historic time and the effect it has had on your own life." (Amazon)
"This book offers a powerful way for parents and children to process all that we have felt during the pandemic."
―Matthew Paul Turner, author of When God Made You
"This book provides hope and meaning for children without glossing over the difficult facts of what happened."
―Traci Smith, author of Prayers for Faithful Families
"Jennifer Grant's economy of words and Gillian Whiting's gentle, evocative illustrations combine to remind the reader that in the face of great suffering and loss, still there is hope and healing to be found."
―Glenys Nellist, author of Snuggle Time and the Little Mole series
"Jennifer Grant encourages readers to reflect on what they've discovered is important as they emerge from these tough times. Illustrations by Gillian Whiting . . . portray a diversity of people and locales, reminding readers that the sickness struck across all ages, races, and locations. A beautiful book."
―Patricia Toht, author of Dress Like a Girl
" . . . This is a book about resilience and hope―a book about remembering. Jennifer is gentle in word and spirit – and her words, paired with the lush and evocative illustrations by Gillian Whiting, provide space for holy remembering."
―Roger Hutchison, author of Come In, Come In!
"Thank goodness for Jennifer Grant and her truth- and hope-filled language to guide forward as we look back. A terrific resource for kids and adults alike."
―Caryn Rivadeneira, author of the Helper Hounds series