My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other Facts about Me

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Ted's parents are divorced, but that's just one fact about him. The fact that he has named his elbows Clyde and Carl? Or that Ted walks around with soap in his hair and likes to squawk like a chicken on the phone? Now, that's definitely weird.

As shown in this lighthearted yet heartfelt account, life with divorced parents isn't always easy, but above all Ted knows he's loved—and there's nothing weird about that at all.

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Overview

Ted's parents are divorced, but that's just one fact about him. The fact that he has named his elbows Clyde and Carl? Or that Ted walks around with soap in his hair and likes to squawk like a chicken on the phone? Now, that's definitely weird.

As shown in this lighthearted yet heartfelt account, life with divorced parents isn't always easy, but above all Ted knows he's loved—and there's nothing weird about that at all.

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Gr 1-4

This story uses humor to help children cope with the issue of divorce. Ted, the quirky narrator, shares many facts about himself that he concedes others might consider "weird"-he has nicknames for his elbows, he sleeps with one sock on, and he likes to answer the phone by pretending to be a chicken. The one thing that he knows is not weird is that it will take time to accept his parents' divorce. He is sad when he thinks of them not being together and, while he enjoys spending time with them individually, he wishes that they were still a family. The story ends with Ted realizing that no matter how weird he may be, he knows that his parents love him. Ted has a believable voice that children will recognize, either personally or as they observe friends in similar situations. The colorful cartoons add to the upbeat nature of the story and make a serious subject a little easier to swallow. Many adults will appreciate this book's message and will want to use it as a springboard for discussion in both home and school settings.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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Ted has some habits and attributes-nicknaming his elbows, for example-that some may find odd, but that's just the way he is. The fact that his parents are divorced and that he is reacting and adjusting to it is just another part of him-and a part that does not make him weird in the slightest. This well-meaning depiction of a child dealing with divorce hits on many common experiences-moving between two residences, getting used to a new stepparent, missing one parent when with the other, feeling hurt, trying to understand that both parents love him-and alternates them with Ted's quirky behavior to make two points: that it's okay to be different and that responding to a divorce does not make one different at all. While the purpose-driven text is sometimes pointed and repetitive, it is still reassuring and gently humorous, and Bjorkman's colorful cartoon-like illustrations add an appealing touch. A solid choice for youngsters dealing with divorce and good for use in an educational or therapeutic setting. (Picture book. 5-8)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060539429
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Cochran is also the author of The Forever Dog, which Booklist called "an outstanding, realistic addition to books about death and dying." Raised in Palo Alto, California, he is now a creative director in advertising. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he also performs with a popular comedy improv troupe.

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