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Dinosaurs divorce : a guide for changing families
Brown, Laurene Krasny.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1986]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Text and illustrations of dinosaur characters introduce aspects of divorce such as its causes and effects, living with a single parent, spending holidays in two separate households, and adjusting to a stepparent.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: Boston : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1986.
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 68537.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 28357 Guided reading level: M.
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HQ814 .B76 1986C Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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For over 25 years, changing families have been using Dinosaurs Divorce to learn to talk to each other about one of life's most difficult moments, from the creators of the beloved, bestselling Dino Life Guides--over half a million copies of the series sold.

Dinosaurs Divorce Will Help you Understand: * Divorce Words and What They Mean * Why Parents Divorce * What About You? * After the Divorce * Living with One Parent * Visiting Your Parent * Having Two Homes * Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions * Telling Your Friends * Meeting Parents' New Friends * Living with Stepparents * Having Stepsisters and Stepbrothers

Author Notes

Author and illustrator, Marc Brown was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1946. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. After college, he worked numerous odd jobs before he began his career.

He is most renown for creating the Arthur series. The idea for Arthur, the aardvark came one night while telling his son a bedtime story. The first title in the series was "Arthur's Nose" written in 1976. Since then, Brown has written over thirty books in the Arthur Adventure series. D. W., Arthur's sister was another character created by Brown. In addition to writing, Brown also developed the Arthur television series on PBS.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-8. The Browns charge into the field of children's guides to divorce with a totally original and, ultimately, winning entry. The text is excellent, briefly getting to the heart of the feelings and problems common to children during and after divorce, making point after point succintly, and offering sound, practical advice in a friendly tone. Dinosaurs? Well, they're green, vaguely crocodilian creatures who live in suburban houses, celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, and go to the Dino Fun Park for a treat. In the beginning, which focuses on the turmoil often present in families heading for divorce, the full-color, cartoonlike drawings seem a little out of place. Children may stare at these as they do at political cartoons, knowing that this kind of drawing usually means humor, but unable to get the joke. On the other hand, the majority of the book deals with children adjusting to the aftermath of divorce. Here the illustrations come into their own, adding just the right touch of levity. The Browns have created, from a subject that generally inspires depression, an upbeat picture book that will appeal to a wide range of children and adults. CP. 306.8'9 Divorce [OCLC] 86-1079

Publisher's Weekly Review

A little bit like a comic book, sort of a reference bookit's hard to classify this latest work from the Browns, but that's all right. Both children and parents will use this as they wish, for it faces head-on the emotional (sadness, anger) and physical (separation from loved ones, what to call your new father's ex-wife's children) problems of divorce. It's comprehensive, reminding kids to take care of themselves and to think of how others are feeling. If children spend time in two households, this book shows them the way to get along with the people and the rules in both. Dinosaur characters distance the readers if a situation in the book too closely mirrors their own. The pictures lighten up serious text, which in turn keeps the picturesand a child's worryfrom seeming silly and insignificant. Divided into sections like ``Why Parents Divorce,'' ``Living with Stepparents'' and ``Celebrating Holidays,'' parents can use this book to help their children understand sudden or impending changes. Divorce, for the picture-book age group or any child, is a difficult subject. Here readers will be reassured that just as the little dinosaurs survive divorce, so will they. (4-8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3 Children familiar with the Browns' Dinosaurs Beware (Atlantic, 1983) and Marc Brown's ``Arthur'' books (Atlantic) will delight in this new foray into an area of deep concern for the youngest readers. Sympathetic to the full range of feelings that divorce produces, the authors use evocative cartoon dinosaur characters to convey their message. Chapters address such concerns as why parents divorce, what will happen to ``me,'' where will holidays be celebrated, living in two homes, etc. Expressively illustrated with accompanying succinct text, this upbeat, straightforward treatment of a potentially confusing, traumatic childhood experience is comprehensive. Prediction: this will become a real ``security blanket'' for those young readers in need. Mary Lou Budd, Milford S. Elementary School, Milford, Ohio. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.