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Bottles break
Tabor, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A child describes how it feels when his mother drinks. Includes sources of help for children whose parents are alcoholics.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 30111.

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HV5066 .T3 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Using cut-paper art and simple text, Nancy Tabor describes what it feels like to live with an alcoholic parent.

Author Notes

Nancy Maria Grande Tabor is the author of several bilingual books for Charlesbridge, including EL GUSTO DEL MERCADO MEXICANO/A TASTE OF THE MEXICAN MARKET, SOMOS UN ARCO IRIS/WE ARE A RAINBOW, CINCUENTA EN LA CEBRA/FIFTY ON THE ZEBRA, and ALBERTINA ANDA ARRIBA/ALBERTINA GOES UP. Nancy is a bilingual teacher in Sonoma, California. She often speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences to emphasize the need for language-rich books in Spanish. She stresses the importance of understanding other cultures and the reflection of culture through literature in both her presentations and her books.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-The deceptively simple format of this picture book belies its serious message. A young narrator, the child of an alcoholic mother, reveals feelings of fear, confusion, and low self-esteem. Bottles, which can be beautiful, are the symbol of the chaos of a household in which the driving force is the desire for alcohol. The alienation and erratic behavior of the parent and the child's hurt are described in simple language. The youngster is encouraged by a caring teacher to see the mother's actions as the manifestation of an illness, and is given coping skills to get through the difficult times. Graphic cut-paper collage illustrations provide strong visual impact; a spread depicting broken bottles and a broken mother figure is particularly effective. From the tiny figure on the first page ("That is what I feel like. I feel very small and like I do not count") to the large, multilayered figure on the last page ("Now I do not feel like that little speck anymore. I am getting bigger and bigger every day"), words and pictures skillfully convey the transition made possible through self-expression, affirmation, and support. The last page provides advice on getting help, including contact information for several support organizations. A useful book, particularly in counseling settings.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.