On the Day His Daddy Left

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Like many children, Danny is afraid his parents' divorce is his fault. So on the day his daddy leaves, Danny writes a secret question on a slip of paper: Is it my fault? He shows the question to his teacher, his friend, and his dad and mom.

On the day his father moves out of the house, Danny's teacher, friends, and family reassure him that his parents' divorce is not his fault.

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Overview

Like many children, Danny is afraid his parents' divorce is his fault. So on the day his daddy leaves, Danny writes a secret question on a slip of paper: Is it my fault? He shows the question to his teacher, his friend, and his dad and mom.

On the day his father moves out of the house, Danny's teacher, friends, and family reassure him that his parents' divorce is not his fault.

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Children's Literature
Danny spends the day his daddy is to leave trying to find out if the divorce of his parents is his fault. He asks his teacher, his friends and his parents. Each person reassures him that it is not his fault and each one offers a sincere answer. This is a sensitive, thoughtful book that should help children share their emotions and confusion when parents separate. The expressive and real-life illustrations will be easy for young children to identify with. A recommended book for opening up discussion about divorce. 2000, Albert Whitman,
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K-Gr 2-Danny's father is moving out. Throughout the appointed day, the anxious child looks at a secret question he has written down and shows it to his teacher, a friend, his father, and his mother. The adults, in turn, reassure him that the answer to his question, "Is it my fault?" is "A BIG NO." His parents admit that the situation is not perfect, but explain that they will work through it and answer any questions that Danny might have. As time passes, and he has time to become accustomed to the situation, he becomes less concerned with his secret question. The realistic, full-color illustrations subtly capture the characters' emotions. An honest, soothing treatment of a situation faced by many children.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Another in the Concept Book Series, this title deals with the guilt that many children feel when their parents divorce. Danny's father is leaving their home. An unhappy Danny writes a question on a piece of paper and pulls it out to question different people in his life. He asks his teacher, a young friend whose parents are divorced, and, finally, his own parents. His question: "Is it my fault?" The adults all respond with a vigorous "no," but the young friend is not quite so sure. In a straightforward manner, the authors deal with a very common feeling that children of divorced and divorcing parents have. They give advice in the text that the child can understand and address the parents at the end of the book. The advice expands on the feelings children may have about divorce and offers some suggestions for how parents can best deal with these feelings. Johnson's illustrations are appropriate to the text. They show a believable second- or third-grade troubled boy and the sympathetic adults who try to reassure him. A useful title for adults who counsel children, for teachers, and for parents who want a way to discuss divorce with their children. (Fiction. 5-9)Anholt, Laurence SOPHIE AND THE NEW BABY Illus. by Catherine Anholt Whitman (32 pp.) Oct. 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807560730
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,417,964
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Excellent resource for Teachers, Parents and Counselors

    Essential reading from a team of experts. A great tool to help children understand divorce. Sensitive and well written.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

    Excellent Book

    This book was an invaluable tool in discussing topics in the divorce groups I led as an elementary school guidance counselor. Almost all, if not all, children of divorce think it might have been their fault. This book clearly gets the message across that it is not the child's fault when parents separate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    A MUST for any child experiencing this type of loss.

    This book is beautifully written and illustrated, and is a MUST for children and those adults helping children cope with the feelings they experience during this very confusing, upsetting and traumatic time. I look forward to many more helpful books written by such an insightful team.

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