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A Family That Fights Hardcover – January 1, 1991

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Grade 1-3-- A bibliotherapeutic tool about domestic violence that's best placed on parenting shelves. An introductory paragraph stresses the universality of family disagreements, then distinguishes between them and family violence. As Henry attempts to shield his younger siblings from their father's abuse of their mother, he worries, experiences embarrassment and fear, and succumbs to daydreaming. Final comments stress that the children are not the cause of or to be blamed for their parents' actions. Appended are lists of what children can do to help themselves and what parents can do. In soft and muted tones, Ritz's sepia and charcoal scenes enhance and elucidate the text. These double-page spreads feature frightened, bewildered, or helpless children; an innovative decorative technique gives the paper the look of having been ripped forcibly from a tablet. Paris's Mommy and Daddy Are Fighting (Seal Pr., 1986) is aimed at a somewhat younger audience, yet places more emphasis on discussion techniques with specific questions offered on feelings, family violence, and family issues. A book on a much needed topic, related in a competent and assuring manner. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A book on a much needed topic, related in a competent and assuring manner."

School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Ex-library edition (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807522481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807522486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Was a nice read to discuss & normalize reactions to domestic violence with young children. I used it with a 4 & 8 yr old. Promotes good discussion. Lengthy for tiny ones, but I was surprised my 4 yr old client remained attentive throughout story.
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Wonderfully written story of a family living with domestic violence. As a domestic violence educator in our county's schools, I read this book to younger elementary students to help them understand that some families, perhaps even theirs, live like this and the child(ren) should not be ashamed about it but know they can/should talk to someone about what they experience.
In this story the dad is abusive to the mother and could be to the children if the mother didn't step in. But sometimes the dad is kind and fun to be with. How does a child process this? Great story!
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Nice to have something like this for kids who really need to understand they are not the only ones living with violence. I got this for an 11 year old even though it is rated and appropriate for a younger child. It proved to be a great conversation-starter - add a caring inscription to let them know you are there for them and they'll keep a book like this around.
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By jackmack on November 25, 2015
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Good for the topic but hate to have to address this.
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