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With its volumes on the expiration of a pet, the death of a relative, and divorce, it would be nice if the Lifes Challenges series wasnt necessary. But where trauma exists, there will always be picture books up to the challenge of addressing them. This --Booklist

About the Author

Melissa Higgins has written over 30 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. She especially like writing about animals, even scary ones. She has written three books about snakes. Ms. Higgins lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and two cats.

Wednesday 's publishing partners include Sterling Publishing, Chronicle Books, and Little Simon. She's also an illustrator and product designer for GAMA-GO, a clothing and gift design company in San Francisco. When she's not drawing pictures, Wednesday is often checking out the view from Bernal Hill with her small dog, Nemo. See more from Wednesday at www.wednesdaykirwan.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: Life's Challenges
  • Library Binding: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404866795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404866799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By klsanchez on September 7, 2012
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I was pleased to see that this book has child-friendly drawings that my son was able to enjoy. I like how it explains the process in simple ways that a child would understand and it has been very helpful with my son in our current situation. Very useful and colorful.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By delrey on June 5, 2014
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This is a very accurate story book about what happen when dad goes to jail it's illustrations are good and the writing is sensitive and I am satisfied with my purchase.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bailey Kagie on April 6, 2014
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Great book! Explains the situation in a child appropriate way using words, and photos. Really happy with this book and would highly recommend it.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. Glade on September 24, 2013
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Through its Picture Window Books imprint, Capstone has published four books in its Life's Challenges Series, covering topics that are difficult to discuss with children. This particular title is one you hope you never need to share with a child. But the harsh reality is that in 2010, 2.7 million children in the US had a parent who was incarcerated - that's 3.6% of all children in the US. And those numbers are on the rise.

This is the story of a young boy (dog) who loves to draw so much that his dad nicknames him, "Sketch" One night while Sketch and his siblings are at their dad's apartment, the police come to arrest the father, and a social worker (cat) comes to speak to the children until their mom picks them up. Poor Sketch gets ridiculed at school when classmates learn of his dad's arrest.We learn about the emotional toil this plays on Sketch and how the adults in this young boy's life help him get through this tough time.
Guidance and Mentoring

In the story, Sketch learns from the adults in his life that he has done nothing wrong, and it is perfectly normal to be scared, angry and even embarrassed about his dad being in jail. He even gets to visit him in jail and later at the prison where his dad is serving a six-year sentence. Sketch gets matched with a male mentor, and he even meets other children who have a mom or dad in prison.

What is most wonderful about The Night Dad Went to Jail, is that young readers going through this traumatic experience in their own lives will be able to fully relate to the main character. Author Melissa Higgins manages to tell the story without sugar-coating the negative situation, yet also without scaring the reader.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nahti on May 23, 2014
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Simple explanations...works well with children. It helps tremendously in explaining and helping children to understand. I will use it over and over...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hickman on August 19, 2013
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I purchased this book for a mom of a child in my school who did not know how to tell her five year old that dad was going to jail for about one year. The parents read the book first and then read it to their daughter several times. They told me this book was exactly what they needed and said exactly what they needed it to say.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Twig on November 9, 2012
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This is a helpful guide for children who find themselves in a very painful circumstance.

The "funny" reviews are clearly written by people who have no understanding of the reality of why this book was written.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Cardona on December 16, 2014
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Great book for my little ones to help them understand better about daddy being away.
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