The Power of Positivity

The ABC's of a Pandemic

Children - Non-Fiction
36 Pages
Reviewed on 12/26/2020
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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite

The Power of Positivity: The ABCs of a Pandemic, written by Ruth Maille and illustrated by Harry Aveira, is a short children’s book including numerous pieces of information to help young people deal with the current pandemic in a fun and cute way. It is written by a certified parent-relationship coach and more importantly (I believe) a mother of three. It is based on the alphabet and Ruth Maille has found a positive notion to link to each letter, so kids focus on the positive but also on what they can do to make their world better to live in, and not just to survive or be sad in this difficult period. It does help to consider everything as a whole but also at times to focus on the details of what we actually all can do.

The Power of Positivity by Ruth Maille immediately drew my attention as a mother but also as a teacher (of high school students but like everyone, they need a bit of positivity in their lives) and I loved everything about it: the amazing and lively drawings, the text, the positive ideas, which even as adults we run out of at times, the list the children can fill in, and the definitions. To conclude, everything is spot on, and as the writer says: "We all need a little positivity." I could not be more enthusiastic about a book! I will definitely read it to my grandkids (while translating as they’re French) and use the ideas to help my students. Thank you so much for this must-read!

Jack Magnus

The Power of Positivity: The ABC's of a Pandemic is an educational concept picture book for children written by Ruth Maille and illustrated by Harry Aveira. We are all impacted to some degree or other by the pandemic which has taken over the planet. While adults are able to read newspapers and otherwise learn more about the coronavirus, kids are often left out of the information chain. Instead, they just see endless restrictions in their daily lives. Many attend school via their laptops and Zoom and miss out on the fun of recesses and social interaction with friends. Likewise, their after-school play sessions with other kids in the neighborhood have ended or are now strictly supervised by adults, with attention given to social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and masks. Masks are fun in some ways, but they also make it hard to interact fully as you can’t see the expressions on others’ faces -- only their eyes.

Ruth Maille provides an ABC that addresses the dearth of information available to young children. Each letter covers an aspect of the virus itself or how it impacts our everyday lives, and in a way that emphasizes having a positive outlook on life during the pandemic and afterward -- because there is an afterward, though some may feel as though it will never get here. Maille suggests readers make the most of this time. In the front of the book, she also introduces Orbit, the mascot of the book who looks exactly like our planet, only small and wearing white gloves, white booties, and a big smile. Orbit appears at least once on every page in the book. There’s a link provided to check and see if your young reader has found all the Orbits in the book. Maille says to be careful as Orbit can be tricky.

The Power of Positivity is an upbeat and positive picture book that gives kids the information they need and shows them how to make the most of this unusual time and situation. Harry Aveira’s brightly colored and fun illustrations work perfectly to keep the tenor of this book positive while giving kids the lowdown on a pandemic that has been life-changing in so many ways. His clever inclusions of Orbit are particularly fun to spot and kept me entertained as I read. The Power of Positivity: The ABC's of a Pandemic is most highly recommended.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Written by Ruth Maille and illustrated by Harry Aveira, The Power of Positivity: The ABC’s of a Pandemic highlights many aspects of the unprecedented Covid-19 situation. Using one keyword for each of the twenty-six alphabets, Maille and Aveira paint a realistic picture of today’s world. The book cites certain things that have suddenly become commonplace, such as face masks or Zoom meetings. It even includes the recent trends like driving by and beeping the horn to celebrate special days, writing messages on the pavements, or keeping Teddy Bears at the windows. At the same time, Maille reminds us of the significant role the doctors, researchers, and the government are playing. Finally, a glossary clarifies all the terms used in the book.

Although the pandemic situation came as a shock to all, the sudden upheaval has unsettled children the most. The Power of Positivity: The ABC’s of a Pandemic will help them to cope with the accompanying uncertainties and stresses. I love how Ruth Maille underscores the bright sides of the ‘new normal.’ She shows how families are spending more time together, people are bonding with each other through acts of love and compassion, and loved ones are staying connected over the internet. Using short but powerful sentences, she emphasizes the importance of maintaining the healthy habits of wearing masks and washing hands. The life-like illustrations by Aveira make the book all the more appealing. It is a perfectly-timed read that I would recommend to both children and adults.