Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
This is a follow up review explaining how I adapted this book to my age group – I teach 2–4-years old, special needs. On the first day, I did a picture walk allowing students to make predictions based on each picture in the book. This is one way to familiarize students with a story before reading the book and activate prior knowledge, so they feel a connection to the book. I asked open-ended questions (e.g., “what”, “how”, “why”, “show me, etc.) about pictures in the book which enabled students to practice their language skills and learn about basic concepts such as prepositions. They were able to name and/or describe common objects, actions, shapes, and colors in the picture while having fun. By the time we read the book on the second day, the students have already been introduced to the new vocabulary in the book.
This is a cute story that explains the challenges and delights of distance learning during those early days. Parents tried to juggle the logistics of distance learning at home while kids showed an amazing capacity of adapt to their new normal at home. The illustrations are big and beautiful and make the family’s story very relatable. Young readers can read the book independently as they aren't many words overall and parents can read the book to their 4-5 years old. Since I work with early childhood special education, I have adapted the book using shorter sentences and sight words.
Great book to read with your child.
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
This is a great book to read with your child. With today's growingly diverse households, it's refreshing to see a book that reflects the changing makeup of many families. The subject of this particular book also mirrors the experiences that so many other families with children are going through right now. What a wonderful teaching opportunity for your children.
Fun book and great conversation starter!
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2021
I've enjoyed reading this book over and over again to our 6 year-old, and he in turn is enjoying reading it to his little sister! It is a great representation of a multi-cultural American family, to which we can all relate to on one level or more.Also, seeing how Mawuli and Kunale have adjusted to school from home helped us have a conversation with our son on how he, as well as his parents, have all adjusted to home-based learning and work.Definitely worth picking up for the little ones and the whole family!
This book captured it perfectly!
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
We have a child who has been distance learning from home for over a year and WOW, did this book capture it perfectly?! The nuances are delivered subtly and cleverly on every page. Our family loves the story and the humor, and each time we read it, we like it more and more. If this is Book 1, we cannot wait for Books 2, 3, 4, and 5! When can we purchase the next one??
A great book for children and parents!
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
We bought Back-to-school at Home book for our 10 years old son. We love the illustration and idea of the book. my son read the book and enjoyed it. He said that the book is like a real life experience of what he went through during the COVID-19 pandemic. We love the story because this is the life of many parents and their children during the pandemic. Very personable, funny and an interesting book! I will recommend this book to be read by parents and children.
It is a pleasure to read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
Back-to-School at Home! Mawuli and Kunale Book 1 is so much fun and entertaining. The writing style of the author is light, delightful and honest. The author brilliantly succeeds in turning what we can qualify as a tragic situation (students learning from home because of the pandemic) into a fun, fruitful and productive reality. My kids love it and by the time we got to the end of the book, we found ourselves asking for more. We can’t wait for Book 2! ?🥰
Exciting and relatable to all families
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2021
Really great book to read with your kid. My son loved it and I saw him chuckle and laugh on a few pages. I enjoyed it myself as a parent dealing with virtual learning.
A children's book for the whole family!
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
Mawuli and Kunale are real kids coping with a pandemic that has effected millions of children like them. Beautifully written and illustrated. Kudos to Nadia for seeing a need and sharing their experiences.
A fun read for children (maybe read to them)
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
Great books for children during these unique times so children know they’re not alone in their experience.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2021
Yay! A multicultural family deals with change & acknowledges feelings of kids & parents. Focus is on how we go to school at home. Fun colorful pics add life to the story of simply coping with a different way to ‘go to school’.
Reviewed September 19, 2021
BOOK REPORT >> Anyone with school kids knows that last school year was one for the books, and Silicon Valley mom Nadia Edoh actually wrote it. “Back-to-School At Home!” is a children’s book aimed at the elementary school set that was inspired by her sons, Mawuli and Kunale, who experienced kindergarten and fifth grade at a distance and had somewhat different reactions.The book was published in the spring, but it certainly still resonates with anyone who went through it, and Edoh plans it to be just the first in a series about her sons’ experience. You can purchase it through Amazon or other outlets, including ordering it at Hicklebee’s in Willow Glen.
San Jose, CA— On Thanksgiving Eve, San Jose Rotary Club’s Los Amigos Committee distributed Nadia Edoh's new illustrated children's book Back-to-School at Home! to fifth graders at Washington Elementary in San Jose.Rotarians, Kathy Wiley and Fran Rushing, and fifth grade teachers, Juanita Gonzales, Guadalupe Basulto and Mrs. Harris personalized each book with the child’s name.
Inspired by a desire to find books that reflected her family’s interracial, and multicultural background, Edoh—originally from Togo, West Africa—wrote the book for her sons, Mawuli (10) and Kunale (5), to document their lives during COVID-19.
San Jose Rotary Los Amigos de Washington School has been a proud partner of the Title 1 school for many years, providing programs, activities, and support to the students and surrounding community.