by Laurence Anholt (2013, Frances Lincoln, 17.99/hardback)
This is a gentle story about family separation with a happy ending. Betty and Paul are two little birds who build a nest together in a cherry tree. Betty lays an egg and out pops Baby Bird. Everyone is happy and all the other animals come to see the baby. But the nest is small, Betty and Paul squabble, and they decide that Paul should live in a different nest across the other side of the tree. Now there are two nests in the cherry tree. But Betty and Paul both love Baby Bird, and soon he is able to fly over the cherry tree, visiting his Two Nests. "You had a home, Now you have two, Four little words, dear, We BOTH love you." Color. Grades PreK-2. [85” x 11”...32 pages]
Jessica's Two Families: Helping Children Learn to Cope with
by Lynne Hugo (2005, New Horizon Press, 8.95)
Seven-year-old Jessica is feeling overwhelmed and confused.
On one hand, she is excited, her dad just remarried and she now
has a brother and a sister. But on the other hand, she now has
two of everything; two sets of parents, two homes, two sets of
rules, and two new step-siblings. In this colorfully illustrated,
poignant and sensitive story, we follow Jessica as she copes
with the problems and stresses. Color. Grades K-5. [8” x
Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe’s and Evan’s
Coping Guide for Kids
by Zoe & Evan Stern (1997, Tricycle Press, 8.95)
Zoe, 15 years old, and Evan, 13 years old, know what divorce
is like. And, with help from Mom, they assist other kids with
bad feelings, new rules, and stepparents. Grades 4-8. [6” x
Jigsaw Puzzle Family: The Stepkids' Guide to Fitting It Together
by Cynthia MacGregor (2005, Impact, 12.95)
A book for all the kids who wonder how the jigsaw puzzle
pieces of their newly combined family will ever fit together.
Includes engaging stories of children facing the same issues,
dozens of practical and helpful suggestions for making stepfamily
life better, gentle guidance in understanding the mixed feelings
that go with fitting into a blended (jigsaw puzzle) family,
and lots of reassurance that time will help. Grades 3-8. [6” x
Daddy's Getting Married
by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (2006, Barron's, 6.99)
Children of divorced parents are sometimes confused or troubled when one parent decides to remarry. This book offers them reassurance. A short section at the back of the book offers advice to parents. Color. Grades PreK-3. [9.5” x 9.5”…32 pages each]
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