Night Dad Went to Jail, The: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail

Night Dad Went to Jail, The: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail

by Melissa Higgins, Wednesday Kirwan
     
 

When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. What do you do? No matter who your loved one is, this story can help you through the tough times.  See more details below

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When someone you love goes to jail, you might feel lost, scared, and even mad. What do you do? No matter who your loved one is, this story can help you through the tough times.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Backman
Sketch watches as his father is taken away by the police to be put in jail for a crime. Sketch must learn how to deal with the kids teasing him at school, his father's extended absence, and his own feelings of confusion and anger. Young children can address opening up about their feelings and things they can do to cope. Parents, teachers, social workers, or other adults might need to explain to young audiences the difference between Sketch's Dad's long prison term of six years and short term jail stays. Although topic specific, this title has classroom appeal since it provides a natural springboard for any child dealing with a parent who's away for an extended period of time and how to stay connected. As part of the "Life's Challenges" series each story is presented through a child's point of view and goes step by step through the main character's experience. Audiences are taken from the police arresting Sketch's father to going to visit him in prison. The illustrator's approach of animals representing people is accessible and engaging for readers. Several fact boxes help clarify key words, present statistics about men and women in prison, and offer advice about healthy ways to act out feelings. Resources at the back include a glossary, list of titles for further reading, an index, and internet sites for adults and children to explore. Young audiences are sure to be informed and find support in understanding emotions and the process of seeing a parent become incarcerated. Reviewer: Laura Backman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404866799
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Life's Challenges Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Higgins has written more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children, including titles for the Capstone imprints Pebble, Pebble Plus, Picture Window, Snap, and Stone Arch. Her books have received medals from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Before becoming a full-time writer, Melissa worked as a school counselor and had a private counseling practice. When not reading or writing, she enjoys hiking and taking photographs in the Arizona desert where she lives with her husband and two shy kitties. You can visit Melissa’s website (www.mghiggins.com) to learn more about her books.

Wednesday 's publishing partners include Sterling Publishing, Chronicle Books, and Little Simon. She's also an illustrator and product designer for GAMA-GO, a clothing and gift design company in San Francisco. When she's not drawing pictures, Wednesday is often checking out the view from Bernal Hill with her small dog, Nemo. See more from Wednesday at www.wednesdaykirwan.com

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