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publisher: Second Story Press

When Mom's Away

by Layla Ahmad, illustrated by Farida Zaman

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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Apr 2021
ISBN:9781772601756
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

Things are changing for one little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine—sleeping on a cot in their garage to keep the family safe from the virus—the girl does her best to be brave. She and her dad spend time together, she goes to school online, and she helps her grandparents too…making sure to wave so they know it's her!

They join their neighbours outside to thank the doctors and nurses around the world for their hard work. But of course the highlight of the day is when mom comes home, and they wave to each other through the window. A great story to inspire hope and confidence in both little ones and big ones when times may seem uncertain.

About the Authors

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.

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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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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 4
Reading age:
6 to 8
Editorial Reviews

...this issue-based story is a timely discussion prompt.

— Kirkus Reviews

"...an excellent read for children who are upset or perplexed by all the changes they have faced in recent months due to the pandemic."

— Winnipeg Free Press

When Mom’s Away is a heartwarming, relatable story that would make for an excellent addition to any school or home library.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Ahmad’s prose is straightforward; textured art by Zaman enlivens each text-heavy page of this realistic pandemic primer.

— Publishers Weekly

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