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Posted December 8, 2008
Have you ever been visiting away from home, maybe staying at a friend's house or in a motel, and wake up with a momentary sense of disorientation, not remembering exactly where you are? Imagine the plight of fourth-grader Mark and his younger brother Evan, who is in first grade. They are children of divorce, spending a couple of nights at Dad's home, then two nights at their Mom and Stepdad's house, then back to Dad's. With all that moving around, Mark sometimes leaves his homework at one place, or forgets when he has floor hockey practice. Will his "pretty cool teacher," Mrs. DeMotte, be able to help Mark and his parents deal with such problems?<BR/> It is sad that there is a need for books like this, but it is an unfortunate fact of life. Children of divorce often feel confused, frustrated, and even a little angry because they are having to cope with something that is totally beyond their control. Carol Gordon Ekster has been a teacher for over thirty years, so she is well acquainted with such problems and how to assist children in handling them. This book can be very helpful in encouraging young people who are experiencing this kind of situation to work through their feelings and come to terms with their parents' divorce. It can also be beneficial in making children who may not be in these circumstances to understand better the needs of their friends who are in them and perhaps to be more compassionate. I highly recommend it for these purposes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.