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Standing on My Own Two Feet: A Child's Affirmation of Love in the Midst of Divorce Hardcover – June 12, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (June 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843132213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843132212
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—When Addison's parents get divorced, he ends up with two homes, and he feels safe in both of them. He knows that his mom and dad will always love him. The text uses simple straightforward statements; for example, "Mom and Dad do not always get along. But it's not because of me" and "Even though I wish we could all live together again, that probably won't happen. It's not up to me." Schmitz uses repetition in the best possible way to drive home her main points of unconditional love and that Addison is not to blame for the divorce. The brightly colored illustrations have exactly the right images to support the story. Due to its positive feel, easy-to-understand message, and topical nature, this book is an excellent choice for most libraries.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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Due to its positive feel, easy-to-understand message, and topical nature, this book is an excellent choice for most libraries. -- School Library Journal

Meeting a real need, this is an excellent choice for the preschool set. -- Kirkus

More About the Author

Author and illustrator Tamara Schmitz grew up one of six children in the small town of Carey, Ohio. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and spent several years as an art director in advertising and teaching art. She has illustrated hundreds of greeting cards, and several children's books including the popular Mallory series. (Carolrhoda) Tamara is an SCBWI member and Mazza Enthusiast.

"Children's books can be a powerful tool in delivering positive messages, especially when the child is simply drawn to it! I am humbled by my part in it."

Sitting at her desk for too many hours, however, drives Tamara crazy. So in her free time she works on getting her third degree black belt in Taekwondo. She resides in Cincinnati with her blended family.

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I think they will treasure it always.
E. Smith
I have been divorced for two years and I was looking for a book with a good balance of both parents loving the child.
M. Sawyer
My sister read it to her and raved to me about the book.
W. Weisman

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on June 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just bought this book as a special gift for a friend who has 2 young children and is going through a divorce. The dreaded questions in these cases that involve kids seem to be, a.) How is it going to affect the kids and, b.) How do you discuss it with them in the most supportive, least damaging way? In other words, how do you help them get through this, especially when you're dealing with your own depressing feelings about the divorce?
This book provides a simple, clear way to explain to children that although their parents now live in separate homes, it is not their fault and they are still loved by both parents. They can still be strong, happy kids. The pages are really colorful with nice artwork. The wording is simple & straight forward. The message is one that every single child of a divorced family deserves to hear over and over again. It is NOT their fault. This book made a wonderful, sweet gift for a family who truly needed some positive inspiration. I think they will treasure it always. Now that I've read it, I plan to buy another copy for a family I just heard is going to get a divorce. It's so sad that divorce is all around, at least there is some help to get through it. This is a really good book to help kids and parents alike.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SM on October 6, 2009
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Great find!! I purchased this book to help my 4yr old son during our family's divorce. I particularly liked that it is not skewed from either parent's point of view like some other books that I purchased. It focuses on how the child is not to blame for the changes going on and that both parents still love (& will always) love them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on June 7, 2010
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I'm all for the power of positive thinking. It's nourishing - especially during complicated family times. Children don't have to be the victims of divorce. Standing On My Own Two Feet teaches simple lessons: that the divorce is not their fault, parents love you unconditionally, and emotional strength can be developed through positive thoughts. Kids perceive divorce completely differently than the adults in their lives. Sometimes on the outside they may look like they are going strong, but often on the inside they are muddling through. Make sure you provide access to bibliotherapy as part of their healing process. As a school counselor, I use this one quite a bit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loves her baby on May 16, 2011
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Trust me! I bought all the divorce/separation books, and this is by far the best and most applicable.doesn't over do it and promotes the confidence of the child and love they have instead of the external negatives. My son loves this book and it has helped me reduce guilt because I'm being honest with him in an age appropriate manner. The second best one I found was called two homes. The other 4 I bought were, eh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca W. Davidson on April 2, 2010
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I especially like this book because of its main theme is that divorce is not the child's fault. There is one page that says "sometimes my mom and dad don't get along, but it's not my fault". This is the only reference to parental disagreement, which I appreciated. (Other books I bought spent far to much time devoted to fighting parents). Also recommended: Two Homes by Claire Masurel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ on November 29, 2012
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We bought this book for my son after he grew out of the right age for "Two Homes" and he really liked it, even though his parents had never been married so he didn't understand what "divorce" was. We actually ended up pasting some words over to make it about him as opposed to the character in the story because he liked it so much.

I really like that it addresses the desire of children for their parents to live together in an honest way: "that probably won't happen". It also mentions that yes, sometimes the parents fight, but that the child doesn't have anything to do with it. It is hard for parents to walk the line between acknowledging that disagreements happen and inadvertently trying to sway the child to "their side". This gives the children and parents a way out of that predicament - "Yes we don't always get along. But it isn't because of you."

Would recommend for kids ages 4-8.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FloridaMom on February 10, 2010
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My son is only 3 and he can identify with the main character, Addison, very well. He asks to read about Addison at night before bed and he feels a connection with him because both he and Addison have two homes. It's a great book, wonderful pictures, and a great message overall for children that have divorced parents that are both still apart of their lives.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Weisman on September 11, 2009
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I sent this book to my sister's granddaughter whose Mom is going through a rough divorce. My sister read it to her and raved to me about the book. She felt it was an excellent read for her granddaughter.
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