Many children of divorced or separated parents live by turns with their dad in one home and their mom in another. For most such kids, things are different than they used to be, and they’re different with Dad than with Mom. As these children move between homes, they can’t help but wonder: will mom still love me? Will Dad?
In this reassuring picture book, young readers see children who have two householdswhether because of divorce, separation, or other circumstancesexperiencing life’s ups and downs with both parents secure in the knowledge that Mom will always be Mom, and Dad is forever Dad.
About the Author
Joanna Rowland is an elementary school teacher in the San Juan Unified School district. As a teacher, she saw that many of her students have two homes, and wrote Always
Mom, Forever Dad with those children in mind. She lives in California with her husband and three daughters.
Penny Weber is a mother, wife, cat and dog lover, and artist who loves good books, hockey, and action movies. Her books include On My Way to School, Amazingly Wonderful Things, One of Us, Unplugged, Always Mom-Forever Dad, and Ava's Adventure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book begins with a rather frightened looking child who says, “When Mom and Dad moved apart, I was scared about what would change. They helped me see that even though things were different, one thing would never change. My mom and dad would always love me. And I know it’s true.” The book then goes on to discuss the various activities which different children do when they are with their fathers and when they are with their mothers. It concludes with the same child at the opening, now smiling, who says, “At my dad’s house and at my mom’s house, I am loved. And when I ask them how long they’ll love me, they both reply always and forever. And I know it’s true.” Obviously, this book is designed to help alleviate some of the confusion and distress which children experience as the result of a divorce occurring with their parents and reassure them of their parents’ love. I am giving this book a five star rating because it does an excellent job of accomplishing its well-intended purpose. However, I must make a couple of observations. Certainly, I fully realize that divorce situations do occur—that’s life. Certainly, the children involved in those situations, who are the true victims of divorce, are innocent and bear no responsibility. Certainly, everything should be done to help, encourage, and support such children. And, certainly, books like this can serve a useful function in providing them aid. However, the very fact that a book like Always Mom, Forever Dad is deemed necessary is in and of itself an unspeakable tragedy. As a minister, I have known and counseled many children of divorce, and what they universally tell me is that parents can try to make a divorce as friendly, as easy, as worry-free as possible, but it still hurts with an underlying pain that never really goes away. If a book like this one can assist in easing even a little of that pain, then it is worthwhile.
I read "Always Mom, Forever Dad" to my preschoolers this week during our "Families" unit. I have 4 students out of 12 with separated parents and they absolutely LOVED it - citing examples they had in common with the narrator of the book and telling me things that THEIR mom and dad did differently. I felt that even though in past years the students "got" the overarching message for the theme (all families are different in some ways, but a family is made up of the people who love us), this was the first time my students from separated families truly felt included in the literature we were reading. Great book!