Once Upon a Time Not So Long Ago

Jennifer Grant

Aug/2021, 48 Pages, Hardback, 8 x 10

ISBN-13: 9781640654037



The story of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it brought into our homes, schedules, and social lives, with journal pages to record your own memories.

Children and adults alike will be processing the shock, loss, and disappointment of the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come. This beautiful keepsake picture book captures the joys and sorrows of this time and the underlying message to readers is that they can make it through difficulty.

The illustrations celebrate love, family, and community as they were expressed all across the globe in a time that taught us the meaning of togetherness. It also includes journal pages to record your own memories about this unique and historic time and the effect it has had on your own life.

JENNIFER GRANT is the author of several books including the picture book Maybe God Is Like That Too. which won a gold medal from the Moonbeam Spirit Awards for excellence in children's literature and was named a book of the year finalist in the Foreword Indies awards. Her second picture book, Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too, was named a Junior Library Guild official gold standard selection. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

“Whiting’s painted tableaux, as spare as the narrative, depict a broadly diverse cast of contemporary human figures . . . ”—Kirkus Reviews

"This beautifully illustrated picture book takes children through the story of the COVID-19 pandemic, from its early days (“a lot of people, all over the world, got sick”) to the present finally, things started getting better”) to the future (“things were different from the before-times”). Jennifer Grant doesn’t shy away from naming hard things: fear of illness, complications around shutdowns, and sadness over deaths. But she does so gently, and then she pivots to the ways we've responded to the pandemic by beginning to adapt our routines, help one another in new ways, find hope, and readjust our values. There are several journal pages at the end of the book with questions to prompt drawing, writing, and conversation."—The Christian Century

“This book offers a powerful way for parents and children to process all that we have felt during the pandemic.”—Matthew Paul Turner, author of When God Made You

“This book provides hope and meaning for children without glossing over the difficult facts of what happened.”—Traci Smith, author of Prayers for Faithful Families

“Jennifer Grant’s economy of words and Gillian Whiting’s gentle, evocative illustrations combine to remind the reader that in the face of great suffering and loss, still there is hope and healing to be found.”—Glenys Nellist, author of Snuggle Time and the Little Mole series

“Jennifer Grant encourages readers to reflect on what they’ve discovered is important as they emerge from these tough times. Illustrations by Gillian Whiting . . . portray a diversity of people and locales, reminding readers that the sickness struck across all ages, races, and locations. A beautiful book.”—Patricia Toht, author of Dress Like a Girl

“ . . . This is a book about resilience and hope—a book about remembering. Jennifer is gentle in word and spirit - and her words, paired with the lush and evocative illustrations by Gillian Whiting, provide space for holy remembering.” —Roger Hutchison, author of Come In, Come In!

“Thank goodness for Jennifer Grant and her truth- and hope-filled language to guide forward as we look back. A terrific resource for kids and adults alike.”—Caryn Rivadeneira, author of the Helper Hounds series

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