Penelope and Jack, Together Apart is a unique tale that is clearly inspired by the many days spent in lockdown mode. We were all there – sitting at home with our families, not in school and some not even working, and all of us were stuck there. We love our families, but sometimes it got a little bit too much. Emotions were high, communication could be difficult, and it was hard to explain to the kiddos what was going on.
Penelope and Jack, Together Apart starts with telling the simple story of a family stuck together. They make lunch together, they do their activities together, hang out with their dog… together. Always together. Being stuck at home can be super tough on everyone, and this book shows it from a kid’s perspective – one that young readers will surely understand and remember. Jack, one of our leads, meets Penelope across the street and the two begin to play together… but apart. Paper airplanes, soup cans, and all of those goofy ideas we all tried as kids come to fruition to help Jack make a friend, even though they can’t be together.
I love that this book makes light of the horrible situation. It makes fun of the goofy masks and gloves in the best way, which made me smile. If you had to explain the craziness of 2020 to a young child, this is the best way to do it. It makes the terrible situation way more positive and kid-friendly.
This book has the perfect combination of colourful and exciting photos, a positive story, and great morals. If you want to help teach the kids in your circle about having to be apart from anyone (friend, family, etc.,) whether it’s due to the pandemic or even just a tough time, then this is the book for you. It can help explain some super tough topics that kids might not understand, and even get those creative juices flowing for how they can be together while apart.
Overall, this is a great children’s picture book read that I would highly recommend you pick up and share with your children, reading buddies, grandkids, or friends.
Five out of five stars.
I received this book for free from the published in exchange for an honest review.
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