Saturday, May 23, 2009

With My Mom, With My Dad: A Book About Divorce

When Justin’s parents can’t resolve their differences, they get a divorce, leaving him torn between spending time with his mom and spending time with his dad. With My Mom, With My Dad: A Book About Divorce, by Maribeth Boelts, is part of the Zonderkids Helping Kids Heal series of books. This one tackles the issue of divorce head-on from the perspective of a young boy caught in the middle between the two parents. He loves both of them, and they both love him, but he must deal everyday with the pain of not being with both of them at the same time.

Every night before bed, no matter where he is, one of his parents tucks him in and tells him, “God loves you, Justin, and so do I.” He realizes that God’s love stays the same, no matter what happens in his life.

There is a section at the end of the book called, “When a Child Is Facing His Parents’ Divorce,” that gives some guidelines for parents on how to handle this situation.

The illustrations by Cheri Bladholm, are extremely life-life, almost like photographs.

What I Like: Although it’s not easy to discuss the subject of divorce with children, especially when the parents are Christians, sometimes it is necessary. This book handles the subject in both a realistic and sensitive manner.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 4-8 as the age group for this book. Even though some youngsters in this age group have to deal with their parents divorcing, I think they’re a bit young for the way this book is written. I think a more appropriate age group would be 6-12.

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2004; ISBN: 0310706440; Hardcover, $9.99.

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