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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: #2,394,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We really enjoyed reading this book, it flooded my mind and heart with all of the messages I wished my children knew when they were younger, confused as I watched them struggle for understanding, a calm to the storm in their little hearts. I think all children want is stability and the knowing that they are loved, but not just from mom, and not just from dad, but from both parents and once they know and understand that, they'd be better equipped to let more love in, love from their parents as they forgive them for the hurt and confusion they've inflicted, and the love from the people who will enter their lives from that day forward. I loved that Mavis Prall Cohen connected with her daughter, the illustrator Lizzie Prall and came together to create this book, the illustrations really give the book that something special, as Lizzie interprets her drawings based on what she's read, what she knows about the words and how she connects with them. Which is why I thought it was equally awesome that the book left some blank pages for the reader to connect with the words as well and interpret them on their own. It really creates a story, a base format for connecting with your children, getting them to open up and talk about it, share what they are thinking, ask questions and in the end learn that they are loved even though their parents aren't together anymore, they still want the best possible life for their children. Which is important, not just to heal yourself, but to ensure that your children are healed as well. This book really builds and establishes that platform, that beginning. I really loved that about this book. Lizzie did an amazing job with the illustrations, and Mavis really did an amazing job creating a story, a baseline in which children can understand.

I received a free copy of this book in order to facilitate my review, all thoughts and opinions expressed are in fact my own.
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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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"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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