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Sometimes a Family Has to Move
     

Sometimes a Family Has to Move

by Jane Werner Watson, Robert E. Switzer, J. Cotter Hirschberg
 

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School Library Journal
ea. vol: unpaged. (Read Together Bks.). CIP. Crown. 1988. pap. $3.95. PreS-Gr 1 Typical case histories describing the feelings of one child uprooted by moving and another whose parents are divorcing are offered as stories to be read to very young children and then discussed. The anxieties of a little boy about leaving his house, play places, friends, neighbors, preschool, and so on are soothed by long conversations with his parents and playing games about moving, but he still feels cranky and fearful until he gets completely adjusted. In the other book, preschooler Chip's parents are angry and sad, making Chip feel guilty, bewildered, and unloved. After they tell him they are getting a divorce, they explain that nothing is his fault and that they still love him but not one another. He accepts his new life reluctantly but resignedly. Useful introductions to each topic are provided by the Menninger Clinic psychiatrists who have collaborated with the author in the production of these books. Illustrations in both are simple, skillful, three-color cartoon-like drawings done with an obvious understanding of the emotions that these situations can cause. Where's Daddy? (Beacon, 1969; o.p.) by Beth Goff and Moving (Putnam, 1987) by Fred Rogers are also good choices on these topics. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.

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ISBN-13:
9780517565933
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/08/1988
Series:
Read-Together Books for Parents and Children
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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