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author / illustrator: Kitty O’Meara, illu. Stefano Di Cristofaro and Paul Pereda

ages: 4+

32 pages

30.5 cm x 23.5 cm



Tra publishing, US

Sold: Korean, German. Not available: World English

And the People Stayed Home

  • “And the People Stayed Home” is a picture book for children (and readers of all ages) by Kitty O’Meara, featuring her optimistic prose poem about the global coronavirus pandemic and the future.


    The poem suggests there is meaning to be found in our experience of the coronavirus and conveys a hopeful and timeless message about the possibility of profound healing for people and the planet. 


     “In Kitty O’Meara’s book, And the People Stayed Home, she offers us wisdom that can help during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She is challenging us to grow — to look inside, to listen deeply, to allow ourselves to think differently, and ultimately, to create new ways of living on the planet.” — Deepak Chopra, MD, author, Metahuman 





     “The accessible prose and beautiful images make this a natural selection for young readers, but older ones may appreciate the work’s deeper meaning.” — Kirkus Reviews 


     “A stunning and peaceful offering of introspection and hope.” —The Children’s Book Review 


     “Kitty O’Meara is the poet laureate of the pandemic…The poem has become shorthand for a silver-linings perspective during the coronavirus outbreak—the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of ‘together, apart.ʼ ” — O., The Oprah Magazine 





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