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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
When We Are Apart by Becca Johnsey is a children’s picture book about a young family and the feelings that can arise when one parent is away from the home for work. There is a sweet tenderness throughout the book that may result in a few heartstrings being pulled. The book has a rhyming scheme that makes the story even more poignant. The illustrations created by Marizan illicit a mood of tranquility and a sense of being at ease with the wash of pastel colors that greet each page. Marizan captures the emotions and feelings perfectly in her artwork and brings them to life in a way that juxtaposes brilliantly with Johnsey’s storyline. The two are a match made in storybook heaven, that is for sure.
When We Are Apart delivers a storyline that will hit home for many families with little ones. It has a common thread that everyone on some level will be able to relate to, whether that time apart is on a larger scale spanning months or on a smaller scale of just a few hours. The activities and the tips that are shared in the book are incredibly helpful and valuable for those who are struggling with the time spent apart from a parent. Becca Johnsey has created a literal helping hand in the form of a children’s book, not only for this generation but for the many generations that are to come.