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Two Homes

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by Claire Masurel, Kady MacDonald Denton

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"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying. - BOOKLIST (starred review)

At Mommy’s house, Alex has a soft chair. At Daddy’s house, Alex has a rocking chair. In each home, Alex also has a special bedroom and


"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying. - BOOKLIST (starred review)

At Mommy’s house, Alex has a soft chair. At Daddy’s house, Alex has a rocking chair. In each home, Alex also has a special bedroom and lots of friends to play with. But whether Alex is with Mommy or with Daddy, one thing always stays the same - Alex is loved. The gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details, firmly establish Alex’s place in both of them. TWO HOMES will help children - and parents - embrace even the most difficult of changes with an open and optimistic heart.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Divorce may have become commonplace but its effect on children can be as unsettling as an earthquake. This is especially true for the very young, who require security to develop a good sense of self-confidence and trust. This picture book focuses on the positive aspects of having parents living apart from each other. The story's protagonist, Alex, lives part-time with each parent. Both houses are complete with the things important to a young child—his own bedroom, a place to hang his coat, his toothbrush, and special friends. Each environment is different but designed to make Alex feel at home. The illustrator's watercolors, with their homey details, contribute to an overall sense of comfort. There's a sailboat in the tub at Daddy's house, a rubber ducky at Mommy's. Alex bakes cookies with Mommy, shells peas with Daddy. By focusing on a single issue the author provides a reassurance that is understandable to the young reader. The most comforting words of the book lie in the last two lines in which the parents say, "We love you wherever we are. And we love you wherever you are." 2001, Candlewick Press, $14.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Young Alex's parents are divorced, and he spends time with each of them. He has two rooms, two favorite chairs, two sets of friends, two of everything. He loves both of them no matter where he is, and they love him, no matter where they are. The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are comforting and warm. There is no sign of the child missing one parent when he is with the other or questioning his situation, and he seems quite well adjusted. This book is clearly intended to help parents tell their children that they are still loved despite their living arrangements. For a different view of how children may feel about sharing two homes, look to Judith Caseley's Priscilla Twice (Greenwillow, 1995).-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rising above the standard fare in this genre, with their deadly prose and workaday illustrations, this offering is not afraid to state the obvious: Alex's mommy and daddy don't live together. Alex matter-of-factly explains it: "Daddy lives here. Sometimes I live with Daddy. Mommy lives there. Sometimes I'm with Mommy." Writing about a now-common experience for many young children, Masurel (Good Night!, 1997) has successfully created a reassuring addition to the separated-parents bibliotherapy booklist. Alternating between Dad's and Mom's, Denton's watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations display an intimate knowledge of the complete lives of the city-dwelling Mom and the country-living Dad. At Mommy's there's a big, comfy chair to cuddle up in and read; at Daddy's a child-sized rocking chair. There are separate but equal accommodations, too, including a dog at Dad's and an aquarium full of fish at Mom's. Alex is nearly gender-neutral, dressed in a kid uniform of cotton pants and shirt (red at Dad's and blue at Mom's) with straight hair bobbed at ear length. This portrayal allows all children the opportunity to identify with the young narrator. On page after page, Alex and his parents engage in the pleasant common activities of early childhood, from playing dress-up with an assortment of friends, taking a bath, and shucking peas at Dad's, to baking gingerbread men at Mom's. An extremely positive take on an often-painful subject. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Candlewick Press
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9.88(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Claire Masurel is the author of numerous books for children, including TOO BIG, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama. TWO HOMES is her first book for Candlewick Press. She wrote the story after talking to a child who was sad about her parents’ recent divorce. She says, "To comfort her, I talked about her two homes, and all the many things she could do in them. It was a positive way of helping her accept the changes in her life, focusing not on what was missed, but on the abundance of good times — and love — that she would continue to share with her mom and dad."

Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of A CHILD'S TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES and two books by Margaret Park Bridges - IF I WERE YOUR FATHER and IF I WERE YOUR MOTHER. TWO HOMES is her first book for Candlewick Press. She says, "Alex talks about simple things like toothbrushes, bedrooms, and friends — and they are all special because they are part of the love Alex feels in both homes. I tried to show that love in the illustrations."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
My beautiful, 3 year old granddaughter came to us by way of an unplanned, teenage pregnancy. This baby's daddy and mommy chose not to marry. As this child is growing and attending church school, she is seeing parents that live together and we know she is confused and saddened by this. I found this book at the library and will be buying it at B&N shortly. As I keep her, when mommy's at work or college, I was the first to read it to her. She actually got excited while I was reading it to her. She even explained the book to me, near it's end. Many, many thanks to this author, Ms. Masurel for helping our baby understand she is not alone in her situation. Please, please keep them coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is simple yet very engaging for both the parent and the child. The images and words are very easy to understand, kids can easily relate to them. The message is also very simple but crucial for this particular family condition.
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TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
A friend of my nephew is going through a situation like the book: recently split couple, and a little girl trying to make some sense of it. I didn't read the book, but the mom did, and thanked me very much for giving it to them. She was pretty sure it would help the little girl get though some rough times. The story is about a girl whose family has split. She now has 2 homes with all the stuff that's usually in a home: pets, beds, etc. It sort of celebrates the fact that she is loved by 2 parents and that she has 2 homes. Reading about another child who is going through a similar situation makes the child who reads it feel like he/she is not the only one in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago