Why Do Families Change?: Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce

illus. by Cindy Revell. 32p. (Just Enough). Orca. Mar. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459809512.
PreS-Gr 1—Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault. The author defines divorce and separation in terms that not only are easy for small children to understand but also lend themselves well to sparking discussions. Potentially scary concepts such as moving are made accessible: "If your parents are separating or getting a divorce, know that change is coming, which can make you feel sad, scared and even angry. These feelings are normal." Back matter addresses custody issues and blended families.
VERDICT A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students. Consider for guidance counselor offices.

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