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Two Homes Paperback – July 14, 2003
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The ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are comforting and warm....This book is clearly intended to help parents tell their children that they are still loved despite their living arrangements.
—School Library Journal
On page after page, Alex and his parents engage in the pleasant common activities of early childhood, from playing dress-up with an assortment of friends, taking a bath, and shucking peas at Dad's, to baking gingerbread men at Mom's. An extremely positive take on an often painful subject.
In this sweet, simple tale, Alex discovers all the positive things that come from living in different places with his mom and dad.
About the Author
she could do in them. It was a positive way of helping her accept the changes in her life, focusing not on what was missed, but on the abundance of good times — and love — that she would continue to share with her mom and dad."
Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of A CHILD'S TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES and two books by Margaret Park Bridges - IF I WERE YOUR FATHER and IF I WERE YOUR MOTHER. TWO HOMES is her first book for Candlewick Press. She says, "Alex talks about simple things like toothbrushes, bedrooms, and friends — and they are all special because they are part of the love Alex feels in both homes. I tried to show that love in the illustrations."
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It's not the fault of this book, but it's also heteronormative. I supposed that is appropriate for the majority of families, but I wish there were more gender neutral parents in the book so it could be used more readily by any type of family.
Ya, so I could not bring myself to tell my 5-year-old about divorcing. It was a huge white elephant in the room. And then we got this book. And the book helped us start the conversation. She talked about what things she’d have in what home, how she felt about having two homes. It just took something overwhelming and scary and made it a little less so.
“I have two chairs too!” - H. age 3
It's very basic and unbiased. Which I love. I also love the simplicity that both parents love Alex no matter where he is. This is great for my (step)daughter who spends time with her mom in her mom's apartment (Like Alex!) and time with her dad in his house (Like Alex!) and loves both her parents and are loved by both parents (Like Alex!)
I only wish there were more books out there, unbiasedly comforting children from two homes. It's never "normal" for children with two families, but we can make it easier on them by reminding them they are loved which this book does so well.
Top international reviews
The illustrations aren't very eye catching to draw the child in.
Wish I'd made a photo book myself and write captions in telling 'our' story instead.
It also makes the separated parties have a think and it's proved vital in keeping things simple, can't praise enough