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Something's Different

Something's Different

by Shelly Shelley Shelley Shelley S Rotner, Shelley Rotner (Editor), Sheila M. Kelly (Editor)

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Children's Literature
This story reveals the thoughts of a very young boy about his parents' indifferences to each other. It is his side of the story that this version speaks through. He talks about his emotions being confused, mad and sad. As his story progresses he tells us that his parents have reassured him that their problem is not his fault and that mom and dad still love him. He learns that sometimes parents just need to work some things out. This is not a sad story, but a hopeful one for a child. I know subject matter such as this can be presented in different ways. In this case, I did not particularly care for the title, since the boy in the book kept noting that "mom and dad still love me," maybe "Mom and Dad Still Love Me" should have been the title. The photographs were not particularly appealing either. The faces were pink, only parts of the pictures were colored (some in green, blue, yellow). Some were even blurry in spots. In comparison to author Rotner's Lots of Dads, the photographs there were much more appealing. It may have been more effective to see this books' photographs done the same way, but perhaps the photographer was trying for a totally different effect. 2002, The Millbook Press,
— Virginia Majewski
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-In this photographic picture book, a boy narrates the story of how his family used to be happy, but now, his parents are arguing more and more. Hand-tinted, black-and-white photographs show him playing and doing some household jobs, but continually worrying about the tensions in his home. He says he's scared, mad, and sad, all at the same time. The text is brief, one to four sentences per page, with the pictures dominating the presentation. The ending is not neatly resolved: "I guess children can't fix grown-ups' problems." This is not a "divorce" book, per se, but rather an interesting approach to an issue not often explored in juvenile nonfiction. This title may provide points to ponder or discuss for youngsters in the same predicament.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Contemporary Issues for Young Children Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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