Monday, September 5, 2022

One Thursday Afternoon by Barbara DiLorenzo #bookreiview #childrenspicturebook #lockdowndrill

One Thursday AfternoonOne Thursday Afternoon by Barbara DiLorenzo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Children's picture book

Book Description:  When Granddad picks Ava up from school one Thursday afternoon, she's quiet. She doesn't want to talk about the lockdown drill that has stirred up her worries. How can she be so afraid in a place that has always felt so safe?

Granddad doesn't talk much either; he just offers creativity and companionship. And with his gentle encouragement, Ava begins to sense that although the world can be scary, it is still a beautiful place.

With tender insight, One Thursday Afternoon sheds light on how an unpredictable world can make a child feel, reminding us that big fears can become smaller when we take time together to look, listen, and create. An author's note about the story's real-life inspiration and recommendations for how adults can help children overcome fear is included.

My thoughts: I love the concept of "One Thursday Afternoon". Ava was frightened after a school lockdown drill. Her grandpa picked her up from school and patiently waited until she was ready to talk about it.

I work in an elementary school. The day after I finished this book there was an email thread about students who were concerned about an active shooter in the school. We will also have our first lockdown drill tomorrow.

I believe this book can be a valuable resource for students, parents, educators, and counselors.

Source:. I received a complimentary copy via Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author:  Barbara DiLorenzo’s first picture book was Renato and the Lion, which received a starred review from Booklist and was named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild selection, and a CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She is also the author and illustrator of Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In, a finalist for the Crystal Kite Award. Her forthcoming book, One Thursday Afternoon, will be released by Flyaway Books in September 2022 and was inspired by her own experience during an active lockdown at an elementary school. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she has taught at the Arts Council of Princeton, the Michener Art Museum, and the New York Institute of Art + Design. She lives with her family in central New Jersey and is represented by Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency.

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