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Mama and Daddy Bear's divorce
Spelman, Cornelia.
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Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman, 1998.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Dinah Bear feels sad and scared when her parents say they are going to divorce.
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One sad day, Mama and Daddy Bear say they are getting a divorce. Daddy won't live at home anymore. Dinah is scared and sad. She wonders if she'll ever see Daddy again.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Spelman, a social worker, has written a book on divorce for the very youngest children, trying to reassure them that although both parents will not be living with them, both parents will always love them. As she states in her opening note to grown-ups, "As children grow they can understand more complex reasons for the divorce." Parkinson's colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustrations show Mama, Daddy, Ruth, and Dinah together in the beginning, and then after the divorce, Ruth and Dinah visiting Daddy in his own home. Dinah, the younger sibling, doesn't like the changes, but her feelings are acknowledged and respected. And eventually she comes to understand that "Ruth would always be her sister, her daddy would always be her daddy, and her mama would always be her mama. And they all loved her very much." A sensitive book that should have wide use. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This book provides reassurance that, as painful and confusing as a divorce may be, it does not mean that both parents will no longer be part of a youngster's life. In a series of short sentences, readers learn about Dinah's favorite people (her mama, her daddy, and her big sister); her favorite activities; and her favorite things (her stuffed rabbit and her red sandals). The words used to describe the divorce and what it means are carefully chosen, and the expressions on the bear characters' faces are appropriately sad. However, the message of this book is that life goes on. And so, while Dinah misses Daddy when she is with her mother, and misses Mama when she is with her father, some things, including her stuffed animal and red sandals, remain the same. The family celebrates some special occasions together, such as Dinah's birthday, and the youngster realizes that her parents and her sister love her very much. In a note to adults, Spelman outlines children's concerns about divorce. The large, appealing colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations support both the tone and the goal of the text. Brigitte Weninger's Good-Bye, Daddy! (North-South, 1995), Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown's Dinosaurs Divorce (Atlantic Monthly, 1986), Linda Walvoord Girard's At Daddy's on Saturdays (Albert Whitman, 1987), and Fred Rogers's Divorce (Putnam, 1996) are also appropriate for this audience. Add Spelman's title where needed.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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