The Great Realization

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In an inspiring poem first published online, Tomas Roberts captures the essence of life before, during, and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has changed the lives of countless people worldwide. It offers a glimpse of hope during an otherwise dark time.

The poem begins with an older brother sharing what life was like pre-pandemic with his younger siblings. He tells them how chaotic and unbalanced life was, with many working more than living and failing to communicate. But when the virus hit and forced unfathomable changes upon society, people began to reach out with kindness and started to dream again. He says that “The Great Realization” is that life is better now, because in the midst of all the tragedy, humans became whole again.

This is a heartfelt tribute to all those who have felt broken and hopeless as a result of the crisis. It shines a light on the goodness and resiliency that can come out of painful and devastating circumstances. It also allows readers the opportunity to reflect on how much meaning can be lost in life when subtleties are taken for granted and days are filled with busyness.

Simple yet radiant watercolor illustrations sweep across the pages of the text in pastel and earthy hues, adding both vibrancy and eloquence. Unlike many picture books, this one is as suitable for adults as it is for young children.

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Author Tomos Roberts (Tomfoolery)
Star Count 5/5
Format Hardcover Picture Book
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher HarperCollins
Publish Date 2020-09-01
ISBN 9780063066366 Buy this Book
Issue November 2020
Category Children's