Living with Mom and Living with Dad

illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. June 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5869-4.
PreS-K—A little girl's parents have separated, so she lives with her mom at her house and also stays with her dad at his apartment. As she describes her life in both homes, oversize lift-the-flaps show the differences. She has a bedroom in each household, but they are decorated differently, with a panda night-light in one and butterfly lights in the other. She has toys in both places, but it's okay to take her favorites wherever she goes. Her parents take turns picking her up from school and they provide different activities on the weekends and for special occasions. And if she's at one parent's house and misses the other, it's okay to talk on the phone. At the conclusion of the similarities in routine, the youngster knows that her parents love her, and there are pictures of her extended family members, who love her, too. Bold, clear acrylic art mixed with collage is simple and childlike, while the flap on each spread lovingly supports differences and provides enjoyment. Children who live in two separate homes can gain a sense of security from this attractive, reassuring book.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
As she smiles out a window of a cozy-looking brick home, a girl explains that sometimes she lives with Mom. Lift up the front of the house, and now she peers out from an equally inviting high-rise, where she lives with Dad. Children with divorced parents often lead bifurcated lives, and Walsh's lift-the-flap book acknowledges this common situation in a welcoming, straightforward manner.
Children with divorced parents often lead bifurcated lives, and Walsh’s ingenious lift-the-flap book acknowledges this common situation in a wel-

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