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This week’s children’s book review is all about The Wonderful World Was Waiting by Lauren Fennemore and Zoe Damoulakis. It was published by Owlet Press and can be purchased on Amazon*.
This rhyming story reveals magical new experiences for children who have grown up in lockdown – from roller-coaster bus rides and magical mermaids in swimming lessons to a playful picnic with zoo animals.
For adults, the book captures how special these everyday experiences are, with a new sense of appreciation and joy. A timely bookshelf keepsake to send hope during a time of change.
The second title from Lauren Fennemore and Zoe Damoulakis, whose picture book The Year We Muddled Through – also about lockdown – was published successfully last year.
This past year has been really hard for everyone but it’s not something that easily explainable to children, especially younger children. Although they might not know the ins and outs of what has been happening, they will definitely have experienced a different kind of life than they’re used to.
The Wonderful World Was Waiting is a book about the things we’ve missed, the plans we might have made and the things we wish we could have done. Through the pages you’ll see things that used to be extremely normal and things we wouldn’t have even thought twice about, like going for a hair cut or on a bus!
Although it might sound like it, this isn’t a depressing book. Yes, it looks back on the things that we haven’t been able to do over the past year but it also looks forward to when things are more normal again. Readers can get excited again about the thought of going to zoos, for picnics or even having a birthday party again.
The end of the book is really beautiful, bringing hope to everyone. The Wonderful World Was Waiting reminds us that one day it will be okay for us to get close to one another again, to hug without masks and to have days like we used to.
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