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The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care Paperback – June, 2005

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THE STAR and the HANDBOOK are wonderful resources we refer to in training frequently and highly recommend. --Kris Villanueva, Child Welfare Partnership Training Specialist, Portland State University Child Welfare Program, Oregon

I think THE STAR and HANDBOOK should be required reading for all teachers and anyone else who works with children. --Maureen Byrne, Project Manager, Kids Care Clubs (kidscare.org), a program of the Points of Light Foundation

THE STAR is a lovely book... helpful and of comfort to young children who are part of foster care. --Polly Arango, Member of The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care

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Cynthia Miller Lovell is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has been a foster mother. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Kalamzaoo College and a master's degree in pediatric nursing from Yale University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Spartan Graphics (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967701007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967701004
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Star: A Story to Help Young Children Understand Foster Care, by Cynthia Miller Lovell, is a refreshingly sensitive book that affirms and encourages children who have been taken from their homes and placed in foster care. The author addresses feelings and questions that children typically have and supportively lets them know that they are not alone. Examples of some issues that are broached include the following: "What does being a foster child mean?", "Am I a foster child because I did something bad?", "Can I eat an apple from the table?" These simple questions are emotionally charged and are of utmost importance to children who ask them.This easy to read book with beautiful watercolor illustrations of children from various cultures and socio-economic groups, is a non-threatening medium to address this sensitive topic with foster children. It indirectly inspires hope, comforts,and affirms each child's uniqueness. The handbook that can be purchased in addition to the book, is a must for adults who wish to indirectly ease children's transition into foster care. This user friendly book provides questions about the main character of The Star and fun activities for the children who read this book. By engaging in these short activities, caregivers can help nurture the bond between themselves and the children whom they help. Because they can also gain insight into the foster child's psyche, they have more tools to effectively help each unique child. In addition to helping foster children and foster parents, The Star can be useful in building sensitivity of this issue and eroding at the stigma of foster care,for peers,educators, social workers,nurses, churches, communities and occupational therapists. As a professional advocate of children in urban and rural areas, this is the only children's book that I have seen available for foster children. It is a must for school and private libraries.
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We received this book yesterday and I read it to my two foster sons (aged 7 and 8) at bedtime. The asked me to read eat over again until I got too tired! It follows a girl named Kit from when the social workers arrive at her mother's house to pick her up, to feeling more settled in her foster home. My sons felt less alone in their experience when the story explained that there are other children feeling the same things (sometimes happy, angry, confused, sad). It ends on a positive and personal note that they will be okay. I did think it odd that a star speaks to and comforts the child, but one of my sons said he especially liked hearing about the star. One caution: they were not familiar with the name "Kit" and thought she was being called "Kid." I recommend this book.
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My husband and I are foster parents. Inspiration from this book prompted me to decorate the bed room, where our foster child sleeps, with stars. It turned out really cute. It is very easy for these children to "give up hope", but if we continue to remind them of their inner strength, and that there IS hope for their future, remarkable things can happen. Sometimes all they need is for someone to believe in them.
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My two foster daughters have been placed with us for over a year and they LOVED it! They said some things made sense to them now. Awesome book! Graphics could be better...but it's not too bad. I think this book should be given to every child when they enter into the foster system...even the teens!
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This book was on back order for a month, but it was worth waiting for. It talks about the removal from the birth home and the feelings of being scared at the new home. Touches on social workers and safety issues and uncertainty. I liked the story. :)
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I sent this book to a friend who is a foster parent. She says that she would like to see EVERY new child who enters the system get a copy of this book...and that every foster parent should read it--as well as all case workers. Pretty high praise! Great for older foster children.
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Probably best for the under 6 crowd. Our foster girl wasn't really that into it. We read it once and she has never suggested to pull it off the shelf since.
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By ICooper on December 21, 2009
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This is an okay book, and does try to sort the issues for children. It kind of left an empty feeling at the end I thought, though I could be wrong and perhaps it is the plight of these children I react to. Truthfully i also understand there is a handbook that goes with it which may enhance it's usefulness, which i didn't purchase, so it could be that it is much more useful with the handbook.
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