Monday, January 23, 2023

Review: A Not So Lonely Day by Deborah November


Genre: Children's 3-8
Published: October 4, 2022
Pages: 32

Thea has a broken arm and must spend a few days home from school, adjusting to her cast. She does not like feeling left behind from the happenings at school, so her daddy comes up with a brilliant plan: they’ll do all the things she and her friends would normally do in the classroom, but at home! Together, Thea, Daddy, and their doggy Rosie fill their day with learning, play, a snack, and even a nap! It may not be the same as what she’s used to, but Thea’s about to discover the joy of implementing everything she’s learned from her school friends (including tidbits on their individual cultures!) right in her very own home.

In this sweet and informative story time book, one little girl with some big FOMO learns there are different ways to keep the things and people we love close to us. And that being absent from something doesn’t always mean you have to miss out.

Written in partnership with an accomplished child therapist, 
A Not So Lonely Day combines playful art a relatable story to explore the CASEL standards of social emotional development and the concepts of loneliness and isolation in young children.

This title is leveled using both the Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell reading level standards. Includes backmatter that cover tips for helping children cope with loneliness and isolation.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was a fun little story about a girl who has to stay home from school because she broke her arm and she needs to get used to doing things with her cast on. She misses her friends, but her dad works really hard to ensure that her school day feels as normal as possible. They even get a zoom call and an after school visit from her friends. 

The illustrations on my phone were a bit chopped up, but mostly visible. They were bright and colorful, showing the various activities the girl and her father did throughout the day. And there were some helpful tips for helping children to talk about their feelings at the end. I don't think I'd want to read this book all the time, but reading it a few times would definitely not suck too much. 

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Deborah November specializes in writing for young children with an emphasis on social/emotional issues. For many years, she was the editorial director of Sesame Street Books, where she wrote many mass-market story and concept books based on the Sesame Street curriculum and starring the Sesame Street Muppets. Deborah lives in NYC.

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