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Keeping the City Going

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gratitude brims in celebration of workers in the pandemic.

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Simple phrases and gentle illustrations work together magnificently well to reflect the complex feelings of life in a pandemic. Keeping the City Going shows glimpses of normalcy -- sanitation trucks, delivery workers, emergency workers -- set against streets that were eerily quieter than normal and hospitals that were not. Author-illustrator Brian Floca finds the heart and soul of the city and focuses there, on the way that essential workers kept going so that grocery store had food and ambulances ran and, yes, toilet paper was delivered to people's homes. The gratitude-filled approach can help readers young and old take a moment to appreciate what others have done and to reflect on how they feel about this difficult time.

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