Dinosaurs Divorce

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Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand:
• Divorce Words and...

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Overview

Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand:
• Divorce Words and What They Mean
• Why Parents Divorce
• What About You?
• After the Divorce
• Living with One Parent
• Visiting Your Parent
• Having Two Homes
• Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions
• Telling Your Friends
• Meeting Parents' New Friends
• Living with Stepparents
• Having Stepsisters and Stepbrothers.

Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A little bit like a comic book, sort of a reference bookit's hard to classify this latest work from the Browns, but that's all right. Both children and parents will use this as they wish, for it faces head-on the emotional (sadness, anger) and physical (separation from loved ones, what to call your new father's ex-wife's children) problems of divorce. It's comprehensive, reminding kids to take care of themselves and to think of how others are feeling. If children spend time in two households, this book shows them the way to get along with the people and the rules in both. Dinosaur characters distance the readers if a situation in the book too closely mirrors their own. The pictures lighten up serious text, which in turn keeps the picturesand a child's worryfrom seeming silly and insignificant. Divided into sections like ``Why Parents Divorce,'' ``Living with Stepparents'' and ``Celebrating Holidays,'' parents can use this book to help their children understand sudden or impending changes. Divorce, for the picture-book age group or any child, is a difficult subject. Here readers will be reassured that just as the little dinosaurs survive divorce, so will they. (4-8)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Every family who has a child four or older and is facing divorce should have a copy of this book, which was recently released in paperback. The authors discuss every issue of divorce with depth and sensitivity. To lighten the tension, they put their words in the skillful claws of humorous dinosaur characters, providing extra comfort for children and adults. Despite the playful appearance, Dinosaur's Divorce clearly defines limits, guidelines, and expectations of all family members at a time when life feels anything but clear.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Children familiar with the Browns' Dinosaurs Beware (Atlantic, 1983) and Marc Brown's ``Arthur'' books (Atlantic) will delight in this new foray into an area of deep concern for the youngest readers. Sympathetic to the full range of feelings that divorce produces, the authors use evocative cartoon dinosaur characters to convey their message. Chapters address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to ``me,'' where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc. Expressively illustrated with accompanying succinct text, this upbeat, straightforward treatment of a potentially confusing, traumatic childhood experience is comprehensive. Prediction: this will become a real ``security blanket'' for those young readers in need. Mary Lou Budd, Milford S. Elementary School, Milford, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316109963
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1988
  • Series: Dino Life Guides for Families Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 63,019
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.96 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown

Laurie Krasny Brown is an author, educator, and parent committed to providing answers to the questions children have. She has written many books, including the popular Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families series, illustrated by her husband, Marc Brown.

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.

Biography

Marc Brown recalls a phone call he received late one night at his home in Hingham, Massachustts, just outside of Boston. On the other end of the line, a small, obviously young voice asked, "Is Arthur there?"

"I told him that Arthur had already gone to bed," Brown recalled for the Los Angeles Times in 1996. "And so should he."

That such phone call is not an isolated occurrence at the Brown household is testament to the popularity -- and approachability -- of Brown's creation. Arthur is not simply the world's most famous bespectacled aardvark, he is also a kid just like any other, grappling with same issues his readers are: annoying sisters, terrifying teachers, and babysitting nightmares. Arthur may be a drawing, but to his fans, he seems quite real.

"I feel like I'm listening to my own kids," Carol Greenwald, who produces the companion television program for PBS, told People in 1997. "I have to bite back the urge to say, 'Stop bickering.'"

By now, the Arthur series has produced more than 10 million books as well as a hit television show for PBS and made his creator a wealthy man. But the early days were a different story. Separated from his wife, living with his mother-in-law and recently released from his job as a college professor, Brown came home in the mid-1970s to a request from his 4-year-old son, Tolon:

Tell me a story.

And make it about a weird animal.

So, as Brown reached into the possibilities of uncommon zoology for his son's nocturnal enjoyment, he also concocted the beginnings of a career. He took his new creation to a friend at Atlantic Monthly Press who gave him guidance, and he landed a publishing deal for the first book in what would become a series: Arthur's Nose. And the big money started rolling in. His first check was somewhere around $70 to $80. (The number seems to vary with the telling.)

"I was imagining buying a new car, and instead I got groceries," he told the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. "It was about five years before I felt like I could make a living doing this."

Brown had long dreamed of illustrating children's books, inspired in high school by Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he says he found that such pursuits were considered too pedestrian for the serious artistic mind: He has said his decision to include his illustrations in his submission for the institute's drawing award cost him the prize.

After Cleveland, he worked as a cook and a delivery truck driver who kept getting lost. He also farmed chickens. He found freelance work as a professional illustrator in the textbook field and even worked on an Isaac Asimov book for his first non-textbook assignment.

Arthur, though, eventually opened all the right doors. And, aside from that series, Brown has also illustrated books for other children's authors and drawn on his own life for books outside the Arthur titles. The end of his first marriage eventually yielded a children's book, Dinosaur's Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families.

"When I went through a divorce..., I went to the library hoping to find books to help my two young sons through the experience," he is quoted in Contemporary Authors as saying. "I found little information, and what there was very sexist, depicting children living with the mother and the father living in a depressing residential hotel. Our experience was different: my sons lived with me. I started keeping a file for a book I had in mind to write one day."

Brown makes no secret of his habit of mining his own life for his children's fiction. The Arthur books, in fact, are something of a family album: Arthur's sister D. W. is a composite of his own sisters, Arthur's adventures in babysitting were inspired by his own experience watching over two children who tied him to a chair and scampered off to find hiding places in their enormous house. Grandma Thora doesn't even have a different name from his own grandmother, who used to save all of his childhood drawings and later encouraged him to go to art school.

And when Brown and his second wife had another child, Eliza, he decided he shouldn't be the only one saddled with the less enjoyable aspects of child care. He gave Arthur a baby sister, Kate.

"I though if I had to change diapers," he told the Christian Science Monitor in 1997, "so should Arthur."

Good To Know

Brown changed his first name from Mark to Marc because he was so enthralled with the work of painter Marc Chagall.

He told People magazine in 1997 that Arthur is the spitting image of his third-grade class picture.

Brown dresses up as Arthur on Halloween, which makes his house a must-stop for the children of Hingham, Massachusetts.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Marc Tolan Brown
    2. Hometown:
      Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erie, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    Dino Divorce

    A great book! It was a gift to me when my parents split-up six years ago. It helped me understand that what was happening wasn't my fault, and that my parents still loved me. I was only in fouth grade then. Now I am a sophmore in high school, & I am very gratful that I read that book when I was young because it hepled me through the hardest time of my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    I love this book. I first read this book when a Military Family

    I love this book. I first read this book when a Military Family Life Consultant gave it to my son during her session with him. I bought the book and my had my son read it to me (2nd grade). He made sure to point out the scenarios that looked like our family (they show several types for each stage of divorce). We go back and read it from time to time just to see where we are as the book progresses. It's a great way to get him talking about what he sees and how he is feeling. It's been a life saver. It has a calming effect for him and it gives him a way to tell me how he feels. He's in 4th grade now and he still wants to read it. We leant the first one to our neighbor.. and never saw it again.. she loves it, too! I think it's good for any child, but for our boys, it helps them articulate their feelings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    Depends on your situation

    This book was recommended by my daughter's family counselor as a way of talking about her divorce to her 3 year old. Since her divorce was uncontested and quite civil, the book didn't really fit her situation. I could see some use for the book as a discussion starter if children were in a situation where there was a lot of acrimony between the parents.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    I recommend Dinosaurs Divorce!

    I was very impressed with this book. It is very informational yet still fun for kids. They get the information that they need on divorce without feeling overwhelemed with information. Something I really liked was that it has a list of words and definitions in the front cover for words that children might not know (for example: alimony). I thought that this was a good idea because I know children get confused with all the big vocabulary that can be associated with divorce. I was also impressed that the book addressed all different aspects and problems with divorce. IT talks about what to do if your parents try to talk bad about the other parent and if you are caught in the middle. It talks about having two different homes to live in and going back and forth between parents and homes. It also talks about what to do if one parent starts dating or even gets married and you suddenly now have a step parent, and most importantly it talks about the feelings that children might have and it reassures the child and lets them know that everything they are feeling is normal but that it will get better and there is hope. I would definitely use this book in my classroom if I had children going through a divorce or to inform my students on the situation. My parents went through a divorce when I was in highschool and I wish I had had a book to tell me information and what to expect. I highly recommend this book and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

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    This is an excellent book. My son and I still read this book periodically so I know how he is feeling. It takes you through every stage of divorce and there after. It is an awesome book and really helped my son greatly during this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    great for kids

    A great book for children. My eight year old was able to read it to herself, and my six year old read it to me. I really appreciate that the book reitterates how that while many things may change due to a divorce, the one thing that will not change is their parents' love for them. As angry and bitter as paretns may be, this is paramount for our children to believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Great book for families and therapists to use with kids.

    Dinosaurs Divorce is a brilliant way to present facts and feelings to kids in a fun and engaging way. Kids absolutely love this book and seemed to relate to these wonderful characters. It seems to be comforting to kids who are experiencing the stresses of divorce.

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