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The Divorce Helpbook for Kids
Contributor(s): MacGregor, Cynthia
ISBN: 1886230390     ISBN-13: 9781886230392
Publisher: Impact Pub
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2001
Annotation: Divorce is tough on kids. MacGregor knows how tough it can be, and she has prepared a down-to-earth guide that genuinely helps. Included are discussions of many topics troubling kids when their parents divorce: reasons parents get divorced, the ways the divorce will change kids' lives, and much more.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children of divorced parents; Juvenile literature.
Divorce; Juvenile literature.
Broken homes; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | Marriage & Divorce
Dewey: 306.89
LCCN: 2001024974
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Rebuilding Books, for Divorce and Beyond
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" W x 0.25" (0.45 lbs) 133 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"Why does everything have to change? I liked it better when my parents were married and everyone lived together." Divorce is tough on kids. MacGregor Knows how tough it can be, and her down-to-earth guide genuinely helps. Included are discussions of many topics troubling kids when their parents divorce: reasons parents get divorced; ways the divorce will change kids' lives; kids' feelings about divorce; things kids can do to help them feel better (and reassurance that they are not to blame); who to talk to; and what's likely to happen next. This isn't just a book about divorce, but about life after divorce; visitation, custody, straddling two households, and making it all work.

Contributor Bio(s):
Cynthia MacGregor is the author of nearly 50 books for parents and children, many with a focus on helping kids through difficult situations. A divorced mother herself, she helped her own daughter (now an adult) cope with parental divorce, and brings real-life experience to the subject of this book.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 March)
Gr 4-8-MacGregor introduces herself as a divorced mom with the suggestion that her experience makes this book more meaningful to her readers. She attempts to talk directly to them and to be comforting and nonthreatening. However, there are certain underlying assumptions that detract from her effectiveness. She begins with two stereotypical examples: a girl who has a terrible day at school later experiences all the comforts that home can provide because her parents are not divorced. The second example is of a boy who has had a great day at school but comes home to an empty house, missing his dad's possessions as well as his physical presence. There are few discussions of the child who has moved from the house or the neighborhood. There are more positive statements about women than about men; in discussing the conflicts between parents the author mentions a father's lack of paying alimony three times and that follows shortly thereafter with the affirmation that a mother is not disloyal if she dates other men. The strengths of the book are the various alternatives suggested to conflicts that arise and the suggestions that readers take questions to parents or other close, responsible adults.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.