I am honoured to be the final stop on the Clap Hands for Key Workers blog tour – on publication day itself! This sensory board book for babies, encourages clapping whilst reminding them of the best of lockdown: community spirit and gratitude for our key workers. For every sale of Clap Hand for Key Workers, 35p will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
It was been a strange and unsettling time for many new parents. Birth plans went completely out of the window, support groups, weigh-in clinics and baby classes were cancelled. While I’ve been constantly reminded that my baby will be too young to remember any of this, there is no doubt that our first few months together were are a world apart from what I experienced with my first child, back in 2017. The joyful introductions with friends and family were replaced by zoom calls and we barely left the house for months.
But throughout this strange and often worrying time, there have been extraordinary moments of hope and gratitude to the heroes in our society.
I didn’t find myself teaching my daughter to clap along to a nursery rhyme at a mummy-and-baby class, instead we went out on our driveway on Thursday evenings for a socially distanced clap of appreciation with our neighbours, to thank the self-less key workers that have kept us safe, connected, healthy and fed throughout lockdown.
How perfectly fitting, therefore, to have a board book for babies and toddlers that encapsulates the Thursday night Clap for Key Workers. My eight-month old loves this book, it is the perfect size for her to grasp and turn the pages herself. She likes the golden apples the most as they are so shiny.
My almost three-year old has been telling her little sister all about the different key workers on each page, and delights in matching up each key worker with their equipment on the final page. Kat Uno’s illustrations are sweet and colourful and the key workers included represent people from a diverse range of backgrounds. My three-year old pointed to one of them and said “she looks like you, Mummy” this isn’t something she often says about characters in books and it’s great to find representation in a board book – it is truly reflective of the UK key worker community.
This touch-and-feel board book is a celebration of the best of lockdown for the very youngest in our society, many of whom were likely were born during the pandemic itself. I plan to keep my copy until my daughter is grown up and I hope one day she may pass it on to her own child. The pandemic will long be over, but the celebration and appreciation of the key workers of our society is something I hope will last forever.
Publication date: 20 August 2020
For every sale of Clap Hands: Key Workers, 35p will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
Don’t forget to check out the earlier stops on the blog tour if you missed them!
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I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.