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Living with Mom and living with Dad
Melanie Walsh
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Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
This is the nicest book about divorce and living sometimes with one parent, sometimes with another I’ve seen--brightly-colored, simple illustrations with fun lift-the-flaps that "convert" mom’s house to dad’s apartment building, the panda nightlight at mom’s to the butterfly light string at dad’s, etc. Beautifully done, it never feels creepy or dreary like some children’s books about tough subjects. It acknowledges the changes (in addition to living arrangements) in the child’s life ("On my birthday, my mom made me a cake...and my dad took me bowling. My mom always used to pick me up from school...now my mom and dad take turns"). The child is shown in the empowered position of knowing what to do when she misses the parent she isn’t currently with (phone call). The book is so attractive that kids who aren’t experiencing a similar situation will be drawn to it, too. This will be my go-to recommendation for parents looking for books about the life changes that come with divorce to read to young children. Will work for preschoolers up to age 8 or so.
posted Nov 23, 2012 at 1:29PM
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