Review: When We Stayed Home

When We Stayed Home


When Covid-19 traveled the globe, we were prompted to stay home, wash our hands frequently, socially distance and wear masks to remain safe and help the helpers. For children who don’t yet grasp the concept of time and haven’t weathered enough life to understand the art of endurance, it’s been a particularly complicated and sometimes trying time.

When We Stayed Home looks at one young boy’s pandemic journey and through colorful illustrations and heartfelt prose we see how he has used his trusty imagination and childlike creativity to navigate the trials of staying home day after day, becoming a super-helper in the process while missing family, friends, school and the “normal” life he once knew.

From decorating adorable toilet paper-shaped sugar cookies, building forts, painting and doing puzzles to frequent screen dates and dance parties with family and friends, young children will relate to his joys and sadnesses and how they too found connection and even serene moments of happiness while isolating.

The book will comfort, entertain, and stir conversation about feelings and experiences the youngest stay-at-homers have experienced during these improbable times.

Written by Tara Fass, LMFT and Judith A. Proffer, the book was inspired by Proffer’s five year-old nephew, who continued to find big moments of mirth in home, nature, adventures and activities while at times tearfully longing for the virus to go far, far away. Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist Fass has worked with families during the pandemic to navigate its bumpy road with tools, optimism and hope. 

Rating: 5-stars


When We Stayed Home written by both Tara Fass and Judith Proffer is an inspiring book for children who are handling the covid-19 virus safety cautions at home. It’s not an easy thing to do. Wearing a mask that itches and makes your face hot is also part of the key that protects germs from them. Washing one’s hands daily and every time, is the other precaution. This little boy shows children how to stay safe while at home and out of the house. He also demonstrates all the ways one can have fun at home. Building forts and doing things in the yard are just a a few examples. Overall, this wonderfully illustrated book educates and children how to be mini heroes.

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