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Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children

by Azmaira H. Maker Ph. D.

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Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children was designed to help parents, family members and professionals guide young children through the confusion of divorce. It comes from a clinical psychologist who uses the picture book format to help adults understand how divorce may be explained to the very young, with the help of this book.

A host of animals are used to reach kids ages 4-8 years old, with a young bunny at the forefront as she struggles with her family's changes and embarks on an emotional roller coaster ride in the process of exploring her new circumstances.

Because there's a good amount of text (for a picture book), this is not recommended for new young readers. It's designed with the adult/child read-together experience in mind, and will benefit both audiences with its colorful, full-page animal character drawings (by Polona Lovsin) paired with a series of questions on why Zoey Bunny's parents are getting divorced, what that means, and how she feels about life in general.

Based on the typical emotional turbulence a child feels from separation or divorce, Family Changes receives high recommendation as the first title that adults should turn to in the effort to explain, explore, and support a child's feelings in the matter, concluding with a list of 'process questions' which adults can use to further enhance the story line's overall approach. ( )
  DDonovan | Dec 19, 2015 |
(ARC was provided to read and review.)

Family Changes uses a warm hearted story, with some of the most beautiful illustrations I've come across in a picture book, to help parents, therapists and teachers to explain the meaning of divorce and separation to young ones.
The book, which is aimed at kids between four and eight, starts with a note to adults, in which the author explains the idea of the book and how children experience divorce and how the story will help small children to express their feelings and anxiety concerning the changes in their family, when parents decide to go separate ways.

The story centers around the little bunny girl Zoey and the big day at the Sunny Bunny School, as it's the day of the annual treasure hunt. It's a cheerful story with lots of magic and fun, when the wee bunnies are trying to find the Glittering Feather and eat chocolate carrots. But it's also a story where, after her parent's divorce, Zoey now lives with her mother and the father turns up at school to take part in the special activity day with his child. Zoey is unhappy and confused, because of her parent's divorce and she wonders, if it was all her fault.
Her parents take turns to explain patiently the difference between separation and divorce and try to answer her questions and to address her feelings. They assure her, that they love her as much as before and the story ends on the positive note, that Zoey will now have two homes, where she is equally welcome and where toys will be waiting for her to play with.

After the story the author, who is an experienced clinical psychologist, offers a list of questions for adults (eg. "Will I ever feel OK again?") to discuss with children, who undergo such a significant and life-changing situation.

A very useful book and an excellent tool, to explain the changes to children, in which a separation or divorce of their parents will result and to help them to cope with the new situation. ( )
  MasterReadersBooks | May 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 099619410X, Paperback)

“Divorce” is a big word…especially for little kids. It’s hard for young children to understand what the word means, let alone how it will impact their lives—and it’s hard for us, as grown-ups, to explain it to them in terms they can fully comprehend.

Nonetheless, when a child is involved in a family divorce or separation, it is crucial that he or she understands and embraces the changes… and this book will help you explain the transitions to your child.

Family Changes is a delightfully informative children’s book that tackles a complicated topic in compassionate, child-friendly terms. Ideal for young minds aged four through eight, it features a colorful cast of fuzzy characters led by a young bunny na­­med Zoey, who is struggling with her parents’ divorce and is riddled by important questions and feelings your child is likely to encounter.

In addition to the heartfelt story at its core, Family Changes also offers parents, therapists, teachers, and caregivers valuable information on how to ease children through this significant life change. A comprehensive note to parents and a list of essential child-focused questions are provided to guide the adult and child, and are certain to be an asset to both children and adults involved in the divorce/separation process.

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