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Outside, Inside

Written by LeUyen Pham

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Outside, Inside Review

Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers General Non-Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics Star Books

Thoughtful, moving contemplation on the world’s shared experience of COVID-19

There are sure to be hundreds, maybe thousands of books written about the pandemic and its impact, but few will match Outside Inside for insight, power or truthfulness. In 48 pages and less than 500 words, LeUyen Pham manages to describe and explain the events of the last 18 months, how we all moved outside inside (except those who needed to carry on – the doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, hospital porters). The words are beautifully simple; the pictures, a mix of full double page spreads, smaller montages and vignettes, seeming so but full of details, nuance and meaning. In a key moment, a page turn answers the question, ‘So why did we all go inside?’ with, ‘Mostly because everyone knew it was the right thing to do.’ Featuring people from across the globe, it unites us all, no matter how different our lifestyles and, though it’s not afraid to acknowledge loss, it ends on a message of hope: the arrival of spring, inside and outside. A timely, welcome book, composed with immense care and attention.

Andrea Reece

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‘Outside, Inside is humbly and gratefully dedicated to those first responders and essential workers whose sacrifices and dedication to life is immeasurable’  LeUyen Pham, 2021


Outside, Inside Synopsis

From Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham, Outside, Inside is a moving picture book celebrating essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Something strange happened in 2020, just before the seasons changed. Everyone who was outside, went inside. Outside, it was quieter and different. Inside, we laughed, we cried, we baked, we exercised, we kept in touch... and we grew. We remembered to protect the ones we love and love the ones who protect us. We watched with admiration and respect as key workers risked their own wellbeing to help others. We knew that the seasons would change, and spring would come again.

Outside, Inside Press Reviews

This powerful ode to community delivers a timeless message of humility, perseverance, and hope. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Reflecting shared experiences and hopes, here's a welcome picture book for our times. - Booklist, starred review

This optimistic book will help even very young children make sense of Covid-19. - Shelf Awareness, starred review

A testimony both to loss experienced and moments of unexpected good. - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Colorful, warm-hearted . . . [and] optimistic. - Horn Book

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ISBN: 9781839131172
Publication date: 06/05/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839131172
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: LeUyen Pham
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: General Non-Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic , Politics & Law
Recommendations: Star Books

About LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham is the award-winning and critically acclaimed illustrator of more than one hundred books for children. LeUyen (pronounced Lay-Win) has illustrated the New York Times bestselling Freckleface Strawberry series and the Caldecott Honor Book Bear Came Along. LeUyen was born in Vietnam and grew up in California after her family fled the Vietnam War.

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