Living with Mom and Living with Dad by Melanie Walsh
This picture book takes a look at divorce in a way that is appropriate for very young children. It focuses on living in two separate homes and what happens to the things a child holds dear and to their family. Using flaps to invite young listeners to participate in the story, children will be able to explore the differences, including different nightlights, changes in how a child is picked up from school, and trips with each parent. Nicely, the book also explores what happens for special events and birthdays and how the parents attend but separately. There is no negative emotion here, just a matter-of-fact book that answers the questions that children will have about their every day life.
Walsh has created a book that will be of particular help in both families going through a divorce and for children who have questions in general about divorce. The lack of emotion gives the book some distance from the situation, yet it manages to answer all of the nuts and bolts details that children fret about.
Walsh’s art is flat and friendly. The book is populated by bright colors, cheery flaps and a friendly outlook. All of this in a book about divorce. And it manages to work and work well.
A good choice for the youngest of children who are thinking about divorce, this book is a welcome addition to library shelves. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.