"In a straightforward manner, the authors deal with a very common feeling that children of divorced and divorcing parents have."
"An honest, soothing treatment of a situation faced by many children."
School Library Journal
Danny spends the day his daddy is to leave trying to find out if the divorce of his parents is his fault. He asks his teacher, his friends and his parents. Each person reassures him that it is not his fault and each one offers a sincere answer. This is a sensitive, thoughtful book that should help children share their emotions and confusion when parents separate. The expressive and real-life illustrations will be easy for young children to identify with. A recommended book for opening up discussion about divorce. 2000, Albert Whitman,
K-Gr 2-Danny's father is moving out. Throughout the appointed day, the anxious child looks at a secret question he has written down and shows it to his teacher, a friend, his father, and his mother. The adults, in turn, reassure him that the answer to his question, "Is it my fault?" is "A BIG NO." His parents admit that the situation is not perfect, but explain that they will work through it and answer any questions that Danny might have. As time passes, and he has time to become accustomed to the situation, he becomes less concerned with his secret question. The realistic, full-color illustrations subtly capture the characters' emotions. An honest, soothing treatment of a situation faced by many children.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Another in the Concept Book Series, this title deals with the guilt that many children feel when their parents divorce. Danny's father is leaving their home. An unhappy Danny writes a question on a piece of paper and pulls it out to question different people in his life. He asks his teacher, a young friend whose parents are divorced, and, finally, his own parents. His question: "Is it my fault?" The adults all respond with a vigorous "no," but the young friend is not quite so sure. In a straightforward manner, the authors deal with a very common feeling that children of divorced and divorcing parents have. They give advice in the text that the child can understand and address the parents at the end of the book. The advice expands on the feelings children may have about divorce and offers some suggestions for how parents can best deal with these feelings. Johnson's illustrations are appropriate to the text. They show a believable second- or third-grade troubled boy and the sympathetic adults who try to reassure him. A useful title for adults who counsel children, for teachers, and for parents who want a way to discuss divorce with their children. (Fiction. 5-9)Anholt, Laurence SOPHIE AND THE NEW BABY Illus. by Catherine Anholt Whitman (32 pp.) Oct. 2000