Published by Chronicle Books
Summary: Inspired by rainbows her children hung in their windows at the beginning of the pandemic, the author starts with the statement that every story has a beginning and an end. The illustration shows two kids drawing a rainbow on the sidewalk, also with a beginning and an end. She then goes on to show what’s on the other side of things: on the other side of a screen is a school; on the other side of a window is a neighbor; on the other side of sadness there are hugs. And on the other side of today is tomorrow, a tomorrow pictured here as unmasked children and their parents heading toward an open school. Includes an author’s note. 52 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: As we keep our fingers crossed that we’re heading for the other side of the pandemic, this book really captures the emotions and experiences we’ve shared in the past year, both through the brief text and the rainbow-themed illustrations, which, I might add, are the first I’ve ever seen done by a moonlighting orthodontist.
Cons: This book seems like it will feel dated in a short period of time. Let’s hope so.