Let's Talk About It: Stepfamilies

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Fred Rogers opens the door for stepfamilies to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings by encouraging both parents and children to communicate. While he acknowledges that difficult situations will probably arise, he emphasizes that the joy of belonging is what all families are really about.

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Overview

Fred Rogers opens the door for stepfamilies to safely talk about their good and sometimes not-so-good feelings by encouraging both parents and children to communicate. While he acknowledges that difficult situations will probably arise, he emphasizes that the joy of belonging is what all families are really about.

"In a simple, straightforward manner, Rogers describes the variety of feelings that children might have. . . and he offers ways of dealing with some of the difficulties that arise." (The Horn Book)

Discusses the changes involved in becoming part of a stepfamily and ways to deal with the new situation.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Using Mr. Rogers' ability to communicate in an understanding manner to youngsters, this "Let's Talk About It" book tackles the more commonly occurring situation of step or blended families. With photographs of real families, Mr. Rogers, in his own words, discusses the issues of adapting to change, conflicting feelings of anger and love, fears about a child's place in the familiy, and suggestions for making the transition less traumatic. Although aimed at the child, the book provides insight and encouragement to adults involved in understanding the many feelings a child is experiencing.
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K-Gr 3This title, written in simple language and accompanied by full-color photographs, offers a reassuring discussion of stepfamilies. Rogers shows compassion and an understanding of young children as he stresses the importance of communication and the sharing of feelings. He sets the tone by talking about the small changes in a child's life, such as birthdays, starting school, and making new friends. Gradually, he addresses the inevitable changes a family goes through when a parent remarries. Nothing is sugarcoated, and many concerns that children face in stepfamily situations are raised: getting used to new rules and taking orders from a stepparent who is "not my real mother." For Rogers, it is important that children talk about their feelings and share their fears. He tries to make them aware of different kinds of lovelove for family members, friends, and petsand that it is natural to feel confused and scared. A gentle, upbeat presentation that will both answer most questions and prompt others.Denise Furgione, Franklin Township Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116658
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Mr. Rogers Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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