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Families that Fight

 

A Family That Fights
Bernstein
1991

As I have said many times, I am not a big fan of bibliotherapy/message books. The worst are exemplified by our favorite author Doris. This one isn’t too bad as these books go. I think the illustrator is good and I love the use of pencil for these drawings. I am just not sure it possible to explain the nuances of problems in a 32 page picture book to an adult, let alone a child. Maybe these books make sense in a clinical setting, but I am not sure this type of book is helpful for an average public library patron. (The only advice is call 911 or the Domestic Violence Hotline) I hope any clinical professionals will weigh in on this type of material.

Mary

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3 Responses to Families that Fight

  • I don’t blame everyone for not wanting to read it so they can leave comments. It’s a tough subject.

  • I manage a clinical library for a children’s residential psychiatric treatment center, and yes, this is on our shelves. It’s definitely intended for a therapeutic setting and is not really there to give a nuanced or comprehensive discussion of the subject. Some kids just respond better to stories that are about someone else than talking directly about their experiences. It helps the child put what has happened to them in context so that the clinician can start to teach them healthier responses to these kinds of situations.

    • Glad to know this. Thanks for commenting. I have always wondered about these kinds of books and if they work on any level. Mary