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"This book will make it easier for parents to talk with their children about their divorce in supportive and caring ways. Many families will benefit from this beautiful little book."

Stephen Berman MD FAAP
Past Pres. American Academy of Pediatrics
Author: Getting It Right For Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy

"This book contains a message I have not seen in other books for children of divorce: that the children of any marriage are the best part of the union, and the part that lives on after divorce."

Suzy Yehl Marta
Founder, Rainbows For All Children
Author: How to Guide Children and Teens Through Times of Divorce, Death, and Crisis...

About the Author

Mavis Prall Cohen wrote This Love is Forever when her daughter Lizzie was three years old and asked, "Why are we divorced?" Mavis wanted to give Lizzie an answer she could understand, and that would also reassure her she would always be loved. As a child of divorce herself, Mavis felt she knew what Lizzie needed to hear, and Mavis wanted to create lasting messages that Lizzie could revisit as often as she liked. Mavis also found that the positive messages helped her, as a mom, stay focused on what matters most during times of turmoil: her child's well-being. Mavis has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She began her career in TV news and then moved on to healthcare communications, later earning another master's degree from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. She currently works in Marketing Communications for a leading healthcare information technology company. She and Lizzie live in the Chicago area with Mavis' husband and two step-daughters.

About the Illustrator
Lizzie Prall was one year old in 2000 when her parents split up, and at age three began asking her mother why the split had happened. Lizzie took comfort in the words her mother wrote for her, and years later when Mavis asked her to illustrate the book so that other families could benefit from its message, Lizzie agreed. Lizzie does not consider herself an expert artist, but the drawings are her vision of the words on the page. She is hoping this book will help other kids like her whose parents go through divorce.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Semaphore Media (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615646646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615646640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,600,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author
About the Author Mavis Prall Cohen wrote This Love is Forever when her daughter Lizzie was three years old and asked, "Why are we divorced?" Mavis wanted to give Lizzie an answer she could understand, and that would also reassure her she would always be loved. As a child of divorce herself, Mavis felt she knew what Lizzie needed to hear, and Mavis wanted to create lasting messages that Lizzie could revisit as often as she liked. Mavis also found that the positive messages helped her, as a mom, stay focused on what matters most during times of turmoil: her child's well-being. Mavis has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She began her career in TV news and then moved on to healthcare communications, later earning another master's degree from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. She currently works in Marketing Communications for a leading healthcare information technology company. She and Lizzie live in the Chicago area with Mavis' husband and two step-daughters.

About the Illustrator
Lizzie Prall was one year old in 2000 when her parents split up, and at age three began asking her mother why the split had happened. Lizzie took comfort in the words her mother wrote for her, and years later when Mavis asked her to illustrate the book so that other families could benefit from its message, Lizzie agreed. Lizzie does not consider herself an expert artist, but the drawings are her vision of the words on the page. She is hoping this book will help other kids like her whose parents go through divorce.

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Overall though it is a great book with beautiful illustrations.
Heather B.
The book is important to share because it tells the child that even if the dad and the mom can't be living in the same house that they still love the kid.
B. Martin
I highly recommend this book for anyone with children going through divorce.
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By Vinma on September 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
"I' m made from the best of my Dad and my Mom.
And I know that their love for me always goes on.

Moms and Dads don't always stay together.

But Parents and Children love each other forever."

These are the closing sentences of an amazing book called `This Love is Forever' which I just finished reading recently. I was simply spellbound by the simplicity of this book and the deepest truths about marriage and parenthood that it conveyed so effortlessly in a child's language.

The author of `This Love is Forever' is Mavis Prall Cohen, who is a Single Mother and a divorcee. And the creator of the beautiful illustrations that you see throughout this book is Lizzie Prall, the daughter of the Author.

The seeds of `This Love is Forever' was planted in Mavis' mind when, then a three year old Lizzie started asking her Mommy a question: "Why are we divorced?" Mavis, being a daughter of divorce herself, knew only too well the doubts, questions and insecurities seeping through young Lizzie's mind and made a supreme decision of creating and writing beautiful messages for her daughter to read whenever she wanted. Mavis also figured that by writing down her thoughts and messages for her daughter, she in effect is helping herself to set her eyes on the positive aspects of life more than the turmoil of it all she faces at times. More importantly, `the messages' as she call her work, helped Mavis to be the best Parent she can possibly be and make a wonderful future for her child.

In `This Love is Forever', you will witness a beautiful heart of a child through the words that you read and the illustrations that you see.
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I was sent a book for review and compensated for my time. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

When The Dad and I split, I combed through the library looking for books to help me explain our new family arrangement to our daughter. While I found plenty of books and resources, I had a hope that there would be a book that she would better relate to. We found plenty of books about how to talk to her, books about different families and books that helped all of us work towards adjusting. I really wish that there was a book like This Love is Forever available then. There were times that I felt like I was giving The Bee too much information about the end of my marriage and times I felt ill prepared to address her questions.

The text of the book will be familiar to many parents who are divorcing. Mavis does a terrific job explaining to Lizzie that the divorce has nothing to do with the way her parents feel about her, which was a recurring theme in my family. Written in rhyme, this book will reassure any child that their parents are still there and available for them.

I love that this book encourages conversation by way of blank pages for art by your child. As difficult as it was for me to explain to my then four-year that Dad and I were in two places, it was even harder for her to express what she was feeling about having to live in two places. This book will allow children an outlet to express their feelings and help them talk about their own feelings.

My one nitpick ...the font. I do not like sounding like I am looking for faults but I would really like to see the font a tad larger. The younger audience in which this book is geared towards may be put off by the font. The Bee has flipped through the book a few times and remarked that she "knew how Lizzie feels.
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Upon receiving this book I was a little skeptical about whether this book could really explain to my 6 year old about divorce. I can say that I'm not a perfect parent and my divorce was and still is messy. I have often struggled with how to explain to my daughter about the situation and at the same time give her a sense of security. Around the first few years she had lived in separate homes and did as most children of divorce do, visit dad every other weekend. Unfortunately, she also saw the fights and the bitterness as well. I think this book did a lot to explain to me as an adult how I should behave and how I should let go. For a child, my daughter could really comprehend the graphics and illustrations. She is a precocious child and she is very matter of fact about her family situation. This book has helped her to articulate that in plain terms with people. She will explain, "I live with my mom, sister and brother. My dad lives somewhere else."

I gave it 4 stars because I think this is an excellent book for your children 8 years of age and younger and I believe the ability to draw pictures at the end is a great form of therapy.

I did knock it down a star because older children may not get much out of it. I would have really liked to see this book offer up parent to child questions at the end of certain sections so that parents can ask their child to articulate in their own words and feelings about the situation. I think for the author her situation is unique in that her daughter was very young when the divorce happened, however other children that are much older will have different questions and emotional traumas. I would have also liked to see a different type of reaction or situation where the child is sad or mad. If the author incorporated that in the book, it would let children know it is ok to have these emotions and demonstrate how parents can help a child deal with those. Overall though it is a great book with beautiful illustrations.
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