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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 27/Apr/2021
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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.

Andrea Boyd, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
When Mom’s Away is a heartwarming, relatable story that would make for an excellent addition to any school or home library.
Kirkus Reviews
...this issue-based story is a timely discussion prompt.
Publishers Weekly
Ahmad’s prose is straightforward; textured art by Zaman enlivens each text-heavy page of this realistic pandemic primer.
Helen Norrie, Winnipeg Free Press
"...an excellent read for children who are upset or perplexed by all the changes they have faced in recent months due to the pandemic."

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