How Can I Deal with
My Parent’s Divorce
An alert reader of this site sent this along. I have always had a problem with picture books that attempt to explain situations that are beyond the grasp of adults, let alone children. We have featured many on this site and I have hard time endorsing anything. I will give this book points for trying. I also think authors have a near impossible task in front of them.
The 2007 date, although old, doesn’t make it an automatic weed. Divorce, although painful and awful for the participants, isn’t as uncommon as it was when I was a child. I remember when I was in junior high one girl was so ashamed of her parents she told the story that her dad died, rather than admit her parents were divorced. (I found out through the town grapevine, years and years later.) Divorce simply wasn’t talked about.
So this book walks a pretty fine line, and does a pretty decent job trying to show all sides and not blame a specific parent. Depending on the circulation, I might be tempted to toss this one in the weeding pile just because the photography, especially of the parents, is a bit jarring for my tastes.
I would probably defer to my colleagues with more experience of what children and parents would need in this situation. I will say that I have never been asked for a book like this in 20 years. Youth librarians: please weigh in on this.