When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends

When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends

by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, Marta Fabrega
     
 

Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents' inability to get along together. It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their

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Young children become confused and hurt when their parents constantly argue, then decide to divorce. This sensitively written book assures boys and girls that children are in no way responsible for their parents' inability to get along together. It lets kids know that although one parent chooses to move away from the home, both parents continue to love their little boy or girl. Both Mom and Dad will continue to spend happy times with them. Even very young children have concerns and anxieties, and Tell Somebody Books are written and illustrated especially for them. Parents are advised to read these books aloud while their preschooler listens and looks at illustrations of the boys and girls in each story. Many children in early grades will be able to read the stories for themselves. Tell Somebody Books encourage children to explore their feelings, and then to speak openly about things that trouble them.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Two excellent offerings that address important topics. In the first title, readers are eased into the subject by learning about fun secrets, such as a surprise party or a secret handshake. Then the text explains that bad secrets "are things that don't make you feel happy on the inside," like when someone hurts you, steals lunch money, or touches you "in a way that made you feel uncomfortable and all yucky inside." Youngsters are instructed to seek help from a trusted adult when they have a bad secret. In the second book, a girl describes her feelings about her family problems: "I knew my parents were forgetting to be friends because they often looked so sad. They didn't talk to one another very much, and we even stopped having family night." She hears them arguing and wonders if it is her fault. When her father moves into his own place, things slowly begin to improve. Both texts present information in a child-friendly manner, and the cartoon illustrations capture the characters' emotions. The author has a good understanding of children and how they view their world, and provides additional notes to parents.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764131721
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Let's Talk About It!
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
319,038
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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