Do You Sing Twinkle?: A Story about Remarriage and New Family

Overview

Living apart from a parent can be a hard adjustment for kids. And, if that parent remarries and has stepchildren, things can get really confusing. Told from a young boy's point of view, Do You Sing Twinkle? sensitively addresses many feelings and questions that children may have while adjusting to remarriage and a blended family after their parents' divorce.

An extensive Note to Parents by Jane Annunziata, PsyD, is included to help parents learn easy ways to stay connected with ...

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Overview

Living apart from a parent can be a hard adjustment for kids. And, if that parent remarries and has stepchildren, things can get really confusing. Told from a young boy's point of view, Do You Sing Twinkle? sensitively addresses many feelings and questions that children may have while adjusting to remarriage and a blended family after their parents' divorce.

An extensive Note to Parents by Jane Annunziata, PsyD, is included to help parents learn easy ways to stay connected with their kids and to talk to their children about common but difficult emotions that can come with divorce, remarriage, or blended families.

A 2010 Honors NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award) winner

"Warm and sensitively written."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A boy and his younger brother spend time with their divorced parents. Then his mother remarries and moves out of town. Her new family has two little girls. The boys visit every other weekend. When the boys visit, the older boy is jealous as his mother gives attention to the girls. When the boys return to their father, it is late and they miss story time. The older boy is angry and has a bad day at school. The mother sends books to the two boys and reads to them over the phone. She sends them a calendar with their schedule marked on it. She also sends an e-mail. When she comes to get them the next time, she comes alone so they can have quality time. She tells them that their uncle is her stepbrother. She explains about common ground. "Common ground is the grown-up word for finding a way so that you both feel comfortable." Mom explains that the girls are put to bed only by their father. The boy feels better that their bedtime routine, which includes Mom singing "Twinkle," is special. The colored illustrations show the emotions involved. Jane Annunziata, PsyD. a clinical psychologist, has written an extensive note to parents which gives further information and coping mechanisms. The first sentence of the story erroneously uses "me" as the subject. This book is published by the American Psychological Association and will be helpful in remarriage and new family situations. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433805516
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 308,429
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Levins lives in Burlington, Iowa, with her husband and two adolescent stepsons, the inspiration for her stories. As a remarried mom and stepparent, Sandra has seen the hurt and confusion that happens when kids share a parent with a new family. Her ever-growing family includes adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. She sings "Twinkle" to them all. Sandra is also the author of Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story For Little Kids About Divorce.

Bryan Langdo has illustrated nearly twenty books as well as various magazine spots. He spends his days with his kids, playing with cars, running around the yard, or going to the science museum. He lives in a very old house in upstate New York with his wife, Nikki, and their two kids, Oliver and Harper.

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Do You Sing Twinkle is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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