Books to Help a Child Cope with Separation and Loss: An Annotated Bibliography Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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Presented here are some 750 fiction and nonfiction books--from folklore to poetry--focusing on separation and loss themes for young people. Highly selective, the guide profiles only classic and recommended titles from School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book, The Bookfinder, and other publications. Arranged by topic, each annotated entry provides a review of plot and theme, interest/reading level, suggestions for use, and full bibliographic information. Issues include Homelessness, Economic Loss/Parents Out of Work, and Race Relations. This is the ideal reference guide for those who have the opportunity to help children facing tough personal roadblocks, ranging from going away to camp to the death of a sibling.

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Editorial Reviews

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This annotated bibliography of fiction and nonfiction for children ages 3-16 is now in its fourth edition. Death, divorce, desertion, disease, and disaster, all life-altering experiences for children, are topics covered by numerous books. The compilers have brought the best of these books together to create a useful tool for bibliotherapy The volume is divided into three parts. The largest portion is part two, the annotated list of books. It contains some 740 entries dealing with the topics described above as well as books that cover other kinds of losses. Part two is divided into three chapters. Within each chapter, entries are divided into thematic categories, each a kind of loss, i.e. moving, getting lost, absent parent, homelessness, abuse, chronic illness, and war. On occasion, categories may be further divided to reflect aspects of a theme. For example, the titles on abuse are divided into physical, emotional, and sexual. In addition to the bibliographic citation and interest level, each entry includes an evaluative annotation highlighting the book's strengths and weaknesses. However, reading levels, because of their inherent limitations, are not included. The majority of the titles in this volume were published between 1985 and 1993 Titles were chosen for inclusion based on the accuracy and currency of the work, its emotional impact, the treatment of potentially sensitive or inflammatory issues, its literary merit, illustrations, and, if the work is nonfiction, if the information is presented in an evenhanded manner. Exceptions were made for books that enjoyed great popularity but that may contain incorrect or biased information. Annotations point out the book's flaws as well as any positive points In part one of the volume, the editors provide two essays, updated from the 1989 edition. The first discusses the effect of separation and loss on child development. The second describes bibliotherapy. In part three the editors provide a list of selected readings for adults on the themes of separation and loss and bibliotherapy. In addition, the editors include a directory of organizations to assist children and adults dealing with problems discussed in this book. Four different indexes complete the volume: author, title, subject, and interest level Previous volumes of "Books to Help Children Cope with Separation and Loss" have been recommended by the Board to teachers, counselors, and others who help children deal with the often devastating effects of loss. This fourth edition may also be recommended to public librarians and to those who do readers' advisory work.
An updated bibliographic guide (3rd ed., 1989) to fiction and nonfiction books for young people, ages 3 to 16, on the themes of separation and loss. It is designed to provide adult guides--parents, teachers, librarians, counselors--with the information they need to choose books suitable for the children they serve. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835234122
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1994
  • Series: Serving Special Needs Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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