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Dinosaurs Divorce (Dino Life Guides) Paperback – September 1, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Friendly dinosaurs in the throes difficult divorce situations reassure readers in similar straits that everything will be all right. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
This timely, reassuring picture book is the perfect resource to help young children and their families deal with the confusion, misconceptions, and anxieties apt to arise when divorce occurs. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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before reading this book I had never been worried that my parents would somehow come to love me and my sister less because of the divorce or that they were splitting up because of me. the care with which the author addressed anxieties I did not yet have until they were presented to me herein as "perfectly normal" further reinforced that these things were big and scary problems that I ought to worry about.
I had also not yet been worried that one of my parents would move far away, a thing that never happened, until reading the supposedly reassuring words in this book.
to anyone in the midst of a divorce, I implore you, do not buy this book for your child. if you don't know how to talk to your kid about the divorce, just don't badmouth your former spouse and explain what is going on with as much facts and as little "comforting reassurance" or editorializing as possible. then be there for your kid. no book is going to replace your presence in your child's life, no book will explain your disappearance.
ask what your child is worried about, address those worries, don't go out of your way to inflict more by getting them to read this book.
There have been complaints by other reviewers about some "inappropriate" subject matter, such as a picture of a mother drinking a martini. I must respectfully disagree with that reviewer. The unfortunate fact is that some parents DO drink, and this book validates the experiences of those children. Part of what is nice about this book is it does not have to be read cover-to-cover. I skipped portions that didn't apply to our situation (it discussed mom and dad going on dates, for example, and that isn't currently happening, so I didn't feel the need to cover it yet). If you are fortunate enough to be part of a family in which there is no excess drinking, you can skip that part. For the record, drinking isn't a part of my family either, but I didn't skip that section. Frankly, neither of my kids noticed the picture particularly. They were focused on things that were more pertinent to them.
Overall, this is a tremendous book. I STRONGLY recommend it to anyone who is going through a divorce.
This book is a fantastic guide for kids, helping them to understand the whys, the process, the feelings, etc...
One of the first things it says is that, "Divorce takes place between mothers and fathers. You are not to blame if your parents get divorced". And I must say, as a product of divorce myself, and as a latchkey kid, that was something that no one ever said to me, and I really did feel a lot of guilt, and that maybe it was my fault somehow. So for this book to acknowledge that, and to touch on so many other things from why parents divorce all the way to living with step parents and having step siblings and/ or half-siblings is fantastic!
For the kids & I, their picking this book and asking me to read it at bedtime is a clue that there's something they need to express, and they're not sure how to do it. I can't tell you how thankful I am that we have this open door of communication through the aid of a simple, soft bound children's storybook. The illustrations are fun and lively, making us laugh sometimes even when we're crying (a welcome comic relief). It's well-written (easy for them to comprehend) and appeals to both of my children, even though they're 4.5 years apart in age! I'm so relieved that they are comfortable enough to come to me when they need to, and that this book makes it less stressful for them to do so.