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CriticasPreS-Gr 2-Rolypoly bear cub Dina loves her mother, her father, and her sister, as well as her stuffed rabbit and her red sandals. Naturally, she doesn't want to lose any of them, so when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce, she is sad through and through. She has a hard time adjusting to seeing much less of her father, misses her mother during those visitations, and resents the disruption in her life. Over time, however, she finds that some things stay the same: She still has her rabbit, her red sandals, and her routines with both pap and mam . She and her sister adjust, and although they are not completely satisfied, they know they are loved and secure. This gentle piece of bibliotherapy, translated into a fluid and colloquial Spanish addresses many of the fears and much of the sadness young children feel when their families change. Parkinson's sprightly pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations enhance the text, showing the gamut of emotions that Dina and her sister experience. An opening note to parents helps frame the story. All in all, this is a sound, positive, and attractive title for counselors, libraries, and bookstores.
—Ann Welton, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.