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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Deegee the Corgi is a children’s animal picture book written by Joann I. Song and illustrated by Natalie Loseva. Deegee loves her family, and she cherishes the familiar routines each of the members of the Lee family had followed until recently. Jessica, who had gone away to college, has returned home again along with boxes filled with her stuff. And David, Jessica’s brother, sold the red motorbike he used to ride around town. Mr. Lee, who always came home from work tired, and who used to sneak Deegee treats, just stays home now and Mrs. Lee doesn’t cook delicious-smelling foods as much anymore. And there aren’t that many outings, such as going to the park to see Deegee’s friends. What’s going on? The Lees talk about something called Corona and wear masks when they go out. But the house is still filled with love even if everything seems different.
Joann I. Song’s social issues picture book for children, Deegee the Corgi, explores through the eyes of a young corgi the effects of the pandemic on families like the Lees. Kids are impacted, perhaps more so than anyone else over the long months of sheltering in place. They’re missing out on school, playing with their friends, and being outdoors. While this book doesn’t give kids an in-depth discussion about Covid-19 and preventive measures, it does show how our lives have been affected including kids not being in school and parents being home instead of at work. Natalie Loseva’s illustrations are marvelous, especially her humorous and loving renditions of Deegee, the narrator of the story. This is a grand selection for storytime to get kids involved in what’s going on and to encourage them to discuss their own feelings about the pandemic and the changes in life as seen through their eyes. Deegee the Corgi is most highly recommended.