Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents

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by Janice Levy, Whitney Martin
     
 

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Written for children who are living with anyone other than their parents, this story is narrated by a spirited young girl who is living with Aunt Dane (not her real aunt) for a while, until her mother is able to care for her again.  See more details below

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Written for children who are living with anyone other than their parents, this story is narrated by a spirited young girl who is living with Aunt Dane (not her real aunt) for a while, until her mother is able to care for her again.

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Only her mother is allowed to call her Cowgirl and together they dream of the day when they will live on a ranch with horses. But the little girl in Finding the Right Spot is not living with her mother, who drinks too much and can't keep a job. She lives with a foster parent whom she calls Aunt Dane. Aunt Dane is the best of foster parents, not trying to replace a mother but letting her foster child feel loved, letting her know it's okay to cry, encouraging her to enjoy today. The little girl waits eagerly for her mother to come celebrate her birthday and when she doesn't, she shares her love with a new puppy instead. The animated illustrations are touching and true. The story is told simply and honestly, offering foster children a chance to identify with someone like themselves and perhaps help them open up about their thoughts and worries. As a classroom read-aloud this poignant story can generate understanding and empathy for different sorts of families and family situations. It is also perfect reading for any adults who are caring for children who are not their own. At the end, a two-page "Note to Caregivers" discusses the range of emotions such children feel—repeated disappointment, loss, uncertainty, perennial hope, complicated loyalties. The caregiver in turn can listen to the child and offer empathy, time to adjust and reassurance. 2004, Magination Press, Ages 6 up.
—Karen Leggett

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ISBN-13:
9781591470731
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding the Right Spot has a double meaning in this superb book of the same name. It is a story of disappointment and reconciliation for a little girl placed in foster care and the dog who is unapproachable until she finds just the right place to touch him. Geared towards ages 6 through 12, Finding the Right Spot by Janice Levy teaches the reader to grasp the perspective of a child who cannot live with her parents. Whatever the reason for the child¿s placement in a home outside his or her own, this book offers ways for the child to relate to the protagonist¿s emotions of anger, sadness, hope, and disappointment. It is equally appropriate for adults who work with children living without their parents. ¿She¿s not coming,¿ the little girl says as she waits and waits for her alcoholic mother to arrive at her birthday party. The grave disappointment she experiences reinforces the reason she is not with her mother. In another section, her foster mother, Aunt Dane, allows her to pound the pizza dough until the house shakes. In the book, the little girl is allowed to show her anger and confusion. Alcoholism, shelter living, and feelings of displacement are handled with great aptitude. The book touches at the heart of every person¿s emotions, big or small. Finding the Right Spot is a well-written book with exceptional illustrations that speak to all children. A helpful guide at the end, written by Jennifer Wilgocki, M.S. and Marcia Kahn Wright, Ph.D., breaks down the text into digestible parts for the adult reader. Finding the Right Spot is ideal for teaching school-age kids about all types of families, including non-traditional models. I highly recommend this book for its approach to foster care living both for children and for the people who care for them. Christine Louise Hohlbaum, American author of Diary of a Mother (2003), SAHM I Am (2005), and ¿American Housewife Abroad¿ at AnotherChapter.com, lives with her husband and two children near Munich, Germany. Visit her Web site at: http://www.DiaryofaMother.com .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a therapist in private practice. This book has been a good resource. My clients have been able to identify with the separation, confusion and loss of the main character. It is a good conversation starter.