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Why Do Families Change?: Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce
Contributor(s): Roberts, Jillian, Revell, Cindy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1459809513     ISBN-13: 9781459809512
Publisher: Orca Book Pub
    OUR PRICE: $18.00  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2017
Annotation: Describes what happens when parents choose to separate and divorce, and addresses children's concerns about the changes that happen in their family structure as a result of this situation.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Divorce; Juvenile literature.
Separation (Law); Juvenile literature.
Families; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | Marriage & Divorce
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: 306.89
LCCN: bl2017012729
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Just Enough: Difficult Topics Made Easy
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
This levelheaded primer directed at young children doesn't know its audience: its prose is stiff and bloodless ("Is it ever the kids' fault? / No. If separation or divorce happens, it is never the fault of the children"). Injecting some warmth are hazy-edged illustrations of straight and gay parents with their kids. A dry Q and A closes the book. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

PreS-Gr 1—Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault. The author defines divorce and separation in terms that not only are easy for small children to understand but also lend themselves well to sparking discussions. Potentially scary concepts such as moving are made accessible: "If your parents are separating or getting a divorce, know that change is coming, which can make you feel sad, scared and even angry. These feelings are normal." Back matter addresses custody issues and blended families. VERDICT A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students. Consider for guidance counselor offices.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.