Mama and Daddy Bear's Divorce

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The author of "After Charlotte's Mom Died" explores the topic of divorce in this story of the Bear family. One sad day, Mama and Daddy say they are getting a divorce, and Dinah is scared. But when Daddy moves into his new home, Dinah and her sister Ruth visit him on weekends and Dinah still takes walk with Daddy like she used to. Full color.

Dinah Bear feels sad and scared when her parents say they are going to divorce.

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Overview

The author of "After Charlotte's Mom Died" explores the topic of divorce in this story of the Bear family. One sad day, Mama and Daddy say they are getting a divorce, and Dinah is scared. But when Daddy moves into his new home, Dinah and her sister Ruth visit him on weekends and Dinah still takes walk with Daddy like she used to. Full color.

Dinah Bear feels sad and scared when her parents say they are going to divorce.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hamilton
Dinah has three favorite people-her mama, daddy, and big sister Ruth. The four enjoyed many family activities together, such as going to the beach, taking walks and making bread. Then one day Mama and Daddy said they were going to get a divorce. This made Dinah very sad until she realized that, although her life will be different in many ways, both mama and daddy still love her very much. This story of divorce, as seen through Dinah's eyes, is written for young children in simple language. The colorful illustrations add to the appeal of the book. The book begins with a note to grown-ups on how best to explain divorce to the very young. A good book for anyone facing divorce with young children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book provides reassurance that, as painful and confusing as a divorce may be, it does not mean that both parents will no longer be part of a youngster's life. In a series of short sentences, readers learn about Dinah's favorite people (her mama, her daddy, and her big sister); her favorite activities; and her favorite things (her stuffed rabbit and her red sandals). The words used to describe the divorce and what it means are carefully chosen, and the expressions on the bear characters' faces are appropriately sad. However, the message of this book is that life goes on. And so, while Dinah misses Daddy when she is with her mother, and misses Mama when she is with her father, some things, including her stuffed animal and red sandals, remain the same. The family celebrates some special occasions together, such as Dinah's birthday, and the youngster realizes that her parents and her sister love her very much. In a note to adults, Spelman outlines children's concerns about divorce. The large, appealing colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations support both the tone and the goal of the text. Brigitte Weninger's Good-Bye, Daddy! (North-South, 1995), Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown's Dinosaurs Divorce (Atlantic Monthly, 1986), Linda Walvoord Girard's At Daddy's on Saturdays (Albert Whitman, 1987), and Fred Rogers's Divorce (Putnam, 1996) are also appropriate for this audience. Add Spelman's title where needed.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807552223
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Concept Books Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 211,595
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Great for even the smallest who have to deal with divorce.

    I bought this book in hopes to help my children, ages 3 and 1 understand what is happening to our family. All the other books I looked at either had too much detail or was for an older age group. This book helped my three year old understand that even though Mommy and Daddy don't live together anymore, we both still love him and our daughter as well, also that even though somethings have changed, a lot of things remain the same. It's a simple book that is easy to read. I change the characters to my own children and change the things in the book to reflect our lives. It's a great book for this terrible time. I wish there were more books for the very young as most of the time, to my understanding, divorce happens when children are less than 5.

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