Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In I Wear A Mask by Terrie Kahl and Susan Morrissey Finger, we are introduced to a little boy who talks about his mask and why he has to wear one. He begins by explaining that he wears it to be safe, and to protect himself and others from a new virus that is making lots of people very sick. He has to take his mask everywhere he goes. He says that everyone needs to keep their distance from one another and give others space and that doing this shows that we understand and are smart. Everyone cares about health and wearing a mask shows that you care about yourself as well.
Next, the little boy talks about being in school and having to wash his hands often, which is another way to prevent catching the new virus. There are so many masks to choose from. The masks might cover our nose and mouth but they cannot hide what emotion is in our eyes. Even though everyone has to wear a mask, you can still play like a normal kid. The little boy ends by urging us to wear a mask around friends and they’ll do the same in return. Being safe by wearing a mask and washing hands is the best and most effective thing that everyone can do.
I thought I Wear A Mask was a very informative read, taking something like covid safety precautions and writing them in a way that young children will be able to comprehend and understand. The book gives some good insight into how a child might perceive the pandemic and it’s relatable to how they are probably feeling and how much their lives have changed. The illustrations are also beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. I think Terrie Kahl and Susan Morrissey Finger have done a wonderful job with this book and I can’t wait to read more of their works.