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Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Family and friends are two of the few universal topics that all kids can talk about. Most children's books on the subject, though, stick with naming the different members of a family. The author of this book, one of the "Let's Read and Talk About..." series, takes a different tack. She looks at the challenges different families might face and the problems that good friends might encounter. Each spread starts with a thought provoking question such as "Why Do Some Parents Separate?" and "How Should You Feel When Someone Dies?" The text attempts to explain the issue in easy-to-read language, difficult when they are touching on topics like same-sex parents and bullies. None of the topics are covered in depth, so parents or teachers using the book should be prepared to continue the discussion after reading. However, help is provided. For every issue addressed, the author gives two questions that would make starters for a family or class discussion. Visually, the book is bright with color photographs, very inviting for young readers. It also has a glossary and index at the end. While not a good book on its own and few kids will enjoy reading it independently, it shines as a way for adults to start addressing some heavy topics with young kids. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445101279
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011

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