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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (February 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557988021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557988027
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book covers every issue that you will encounter in the typical foster care setting. I can not recommend this book strongly enough. It should be given out as a textbook at training sessions. Nothing we were told or personal experiences that were related to us in training cover what is going to happen with your first placement to your 10th. Do not hesitate to purchase this book and copies for anyone you know that is or wants to be a foster parent. Of course it won't solve the problems that you encounter unless you have lots of patience, understanding and maturity.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Diane Davis on March 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great book for explaining to children exactly what the "system" involves. I highly recommend foster parents and their foster children to read and discuss this book together. It covers every frustration and question a foster child has. It also has some very valuable information for foster parents. I plan on getting one for everyone of my foster children.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JHenzo on November 15, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has been invaluable to children who have been in our care. We read it to/with each new child, who seems refreshed & relieved after hearing it. We often re-read it...& refer to it when tough, unanswerable questions arise. In fact, the kids here now can identify when they are asking a question that is currently unanswerable...& they'll all chime in, "Maybe Days!" with a smile. I'm not suggesting that this book fixes problems. I'm saying that it helps the kids cope with the loose ends & unanswered questions.

BRAVO!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Liz Lounge on November 7, 2009
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My husband and I are first time foster parents for a sibling group of 3 kids who are in their first foster care experience. We are desperate for tools and resources that help the kids transition and make sense of this big change in their lives.

The night I introduced this new book, the kids resisted, pleading for a Dr Seuss variety instead. However, all resistance stopped when I read the title to them: "Maybe Days: a book for children in foster care". They were stone silent and ready to listen to this book about them.

This book is really well-illustrated and throughout the entire book, the kids pointed to pictures exclaiming "That's me!"..."That's you!"..."That is child services!". Suffice it to say, the kids, ages 4,6 and 8, really were able to identify with the story and were very attentive. This one reading alone was sufficient. The kids have not asked to read it again. They do ask a lot of the same questions that are in the book (Will we go home? Do we get to see our parents for Christmas?, etc). Because of this book, when they ask these questions, we all can rally around the same answer, "Maybe...".

This is a good tool to help a foster family with new foster child transitions. Even though we have only read it one time, I'm glad we have it in our home.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ethereal girl on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I work with children in the school setting and often counsel children who are in foster care. This book is outstanding! Children can identify with the experiences and questions depicted in the text. The book does not sugarcoat the process (e.g., acknowledges that adjusting to life in a new family can be hard), but it does offer hope and comfort and encouragement for kids to live their own lives despite the uncertainties. I can't imagine a better book for this population.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Craine on May 25, 2007
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I am an elementary schoolteacher and purchased this book for one of my students who has been in foster care for most of her life. She was able to relate to the book quite well and it sparked conversation between both of us as well as helped me to understand her experiences a little more. I did not have many options to choose from when searching for this book and this definitely is a treasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine Mitchell on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is just wonderful! It addresses the reasons why children enter foster care in a realistic but age-appropriate manner. It lets kids know that their feelings are normal...and that it is normal have a hard time adjusting. Maybe Days also addresses the uncertaintly that is such a big part of foster care...will the child live with his siblings again?...will he have visits with his parents?...will he go back to live with them?

Reading this book together is a good way to start conversations with children about their feelings and concerns. There is also an excellent guide at the end of the book for Foster Parents and other adults.

Christine Mitchell, author and illustrator of:
Family Day: Celebrating Ethan's Adoption Anniversary and Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By boogsbass on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
We are foster parents that have been blessed with a sibling group of three children. We bought this book not long after they moved in with us. The oldest was 9 and the middle child was 5 at the time. They always had so many questions...and I had so few answers. This book was written for the kids. They were able to relate to it and to understand it. I always left the book out in the open and many times one or the other would ask to read it again. One of the best days for us was when we learned surrenders had been done and the adoption was underway. That night our middle daughter brought the book to me and said "Mom, now we have no more maybe days!". Maybe Days has been with us for almost 2 years and I am mailing it to our DCFS office so they can 'rehome' the book!
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