A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Reminder of the sometimes invisible ways people work in the community.
Gentle, positive, thankful outlook on a difficult time.
Positive Role Models
Diverse everyday people in a city go about their jobs amid adversity. Diverse apartment house residents show their gratitude by banging pots and pans to applaud essential workers every day at 7 p.m. during quarantine. People wear masks to protect themselves and others and help stop the spread of disease.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Keeping the City Going, by Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator Brian Floca, is a gentle look at life in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when only the most essential workers were at their jobs and the clanging of pots and pans and cheers signaled gratitude during shift changes. The scenes of New York City played out similarly in cities worldwide, where fear of getting sick was balanced by the need to go out for necessary supplies and necessary work. While each person's pandemic experience is different, this book gives thanks while looking at the common moments, and gives families an opening to talk about their feelings about such a difficult time.
Is It Any Good?
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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