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Living with Mom and Living with Dad

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
For young children who live in two homes, this bright, simple story with oversized flaps reassures young readers that there is love in each one.

Her parents don't live together anymore, so sometimes the child in this book lives with her mom and cat, and sometimes with Dad. Her bedroom looks a little different in each house, and she keeps some toys in one place and some in a
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Candlewick (first published April 1st 2012)
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Angela Bailey
Nov 17, 2013 Angela Bailey rated it really liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Living with Mom and Living with Dad. / Melanie Walsh. / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"A little girl describes what her life is like now that her parents no longer live together" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
divorce, children with divorced parents

Review citation:
"Bold, clear acrylic art mixed with collage is simple and childlike, while the flap on each spread lovingly supports differences and prov
Keturah Reid
Oct 18, 2016 Keturah Reid rated it really liked it
This story is very similar to "Two Homes" by Claire Masurel. This story is about a little girl who lives in two separate homes. One with her mother and cat and one with her dad. It goes into detail about how the lifestyle is a little different in each home but she still feels loved by both parents the same. Again this book is about divorced families which represents my text set.

The story is interesting to children and age appropriate and children can understand what is represented. The character
Tara Griffith
Nov 03, 2016 Tara Griffith rated it really liked it
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Alyssa Crowley
Plot Summary/Personal Response: A little girl tells her story of what it is like to live with both her mother and father in a divorced setting. Although her family no longer lives together she tells about her positive experiences in both places. She is able to have her own space at both houses, her toys, night lights, and special birthday events all while still in a positive environment. Despite the fact that this is all new to her she still feels loved by all of her family

I think this book is s
Paige Harari
Sep 20, 2016 Paige Harari rated it really liked it
A young child sometimes lives with Mom and sometimes live with Dad. A great read for kids 3+ brings attention to the everyday life of a child who's parents are divorced. Sometimes they stay at Mom's house with the pink door and sometimes they stay at Dad's apartment at the top of the building. The child narrates all the different things they do with Mom or Dad, which is super relatable to any children who have parents who are divorced.
So often typical nuclear families are portrayed in children'
Nikita Shah
Sep 14, 2013 Nikita Shah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a little girl whose parents have separated. The story shows the girl living in two different homes from page to page. The flaps on each double page shows the differences of her living with her mum and with her dad. The differences are presented in a positive light, which promotes a sense of equality of the importance of both parents’ involvement in the girls life.

The story covers differences of personal and important things. These include differences in her bedroom, being p
Apr 13, 2015 Xinxin rated it really liked it
Living with Mom and Living with Dad is a picture book for children at the age of 2 and ups talking about a tough topic — divorce.
In the book, a little girl describes what her life is like after her parents’ divorce. Because the little girl's parents don't live together anymore, sometimes the girl lives with her mom and a cat, and sometimes with Dad. Her bedroom looks a little different in each house; she keeps some toys in one place and some in another; her Mom takes her to farm and her Dad take
Aug 12, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is the nicest book about divorce and living sometimes with one parent, sometimes with another I’ve seen--brightly-colored, simple illustrations with fun lift-the-flaps that "convert" mom’s house to dad’s apartment building, the panda nightlight at mom’s to the butterfly light string at dad’s, etc. Beautifully done, it never feels creepy or dreary like some children’s books about tough subjects. It acknowledges the changes (in addition to living arrangements) in the child’s life ("On my ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book takes a look at divorce in a way that is appropriate for very young children. It focuses on living in two separate homes and what happens to the things a child holds dear and to their family. Using flaps to invite young listeners to participate in the story, children will be able to explore the differences, including different nightlights, changes in how a child is picked up from school, and trips with each parent. Nicely, the book also explores what happens for special events ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Sometimes family members just can't get along, and inevitably, there are marriages that don't work for whatever reason. This book for young readers shows how one family deals with divorce and separation as the main character describes what it's like living with each parent. For instance, there is a panda nightlight at Mom's and butterfly lights at Dad's, and Mom lives in a house while Dad lives at the top of an apartment building. The message that families can learn to cope even during changes ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Ariana rated it really liked it
A really lovely book, dealing with a fairly hard subject. The lift-and-flap contrasts of living with mom versus living with dad, are colorful and bright. On the aesthetic level alone it has great appeal. The characters in the book are not shown angry in conflict and it is obvious that both parents love the child very much. I agree completely with one of the previous reviews, it is empowering to see the child take positive and active actions in accommodating new normals, such as always carrying ...more
Very young children often have no grasp on what it means for parents to be divorced. They only know that they sometimes live with Mommy, and sometimes live with Daddy. This bold and colorful lift-the-flap book is just the reassurance some of those children need, and other children may need to hear to help understand how some neighborhood children live. The child depicted in the book talks about what her room looks like at Mommy's and what her room at Daddy's looks like, what her two houses are ...more
May 28, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Great book to help younger children see the positive sides of divorce. This is a happy, cheerful book with lift the flap pages. It discusses transition from one home to the other, both parents attending events, birthdays, extended family and how a child can overcome missing one home or the other. Mostly focuses on facts, places, events and people rather than the emotions. Excellent for younger children.
Karen Arendt
Jul 31, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it
A good book for children whose parents are separating, divorcing or who live apart. School psychologists could use the book as well in counseling sessions. Simple sentences explain how the child's room looks at mom's and flip the flap (not the whole page) to see what it is like at dad's. This design is seen throughout the book as the child notes what life is like at mom's and dad's. At the end of the story, it is made clear that mom and dad both love the child.
Mar 01, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A very nicely illustrated and well-told story of a young child who has divorced parents. The story never actually uses the "D" word, but it is clear as the child describes living in two different homes, one with mom and one with dad. This book would be a good share between a parent and child when divorce is imminent, to help the child prepare for a different type of home life.
Marguarite Markley
What I like: it's very well done, cleverly done with lift the flaps to illustrate the difference between living with mom AND living with dad.

What I don't like: this girl has the perfect divorce life situation and unfortunately many of the kids we serve, one parent is absent.

Be careful when recommending this one.
Sassy School Counselor
This is my favorite new book to discuss divorce. It's an adorable flip book that compares and contrasts living in two different households. After the student has read it they can make their own flip page of things they love at each of their own homes. I bought this immediately!!
Aug 16, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like that it covers the topic without trying too hard. Many picture books on these subjects have lots of text and over-long explanations, etc etc. This one is actually done right for the picture book age.
Great Books
Jul 19, 2012 Great Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: birth-4
A reassuring look at how a young girls splits her time between her parents who have separated. Colorful and simple pop-ups contrast the changes in her life and demonstrates that her parents love and involvement continues. Reviewer 4.
Jan 17, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
This book is good, I suppose, to read to a child whose parents are going through a divorce. But this book is too comforting for me to really like it. It reminds me of part in Talladega Nights where the dad said they are getting a divorce and the kids yell "2 Christmases!!!!"
Jun 14, 2012 Davina rated it liked it
Sad, but well-presented book about a young child whose parents are amicably divorced; each lift-the-flap page is an explanation of how things "work" at each parent's house. This would be a good recommendation for parents looking for books to share with a child about separation or divorce.
Brenna Call
Jul 21, 2012 Brenna Call rated it really liked it
Perfect book for young children whose parents no longer live together. Illustrations look like that of a young child's scrapbook. Children with two homes will easily relate. Fun lift-a-flap design will interest young children as well.
Dec 12, 2012 Lizzie rated it really liked it
I liked the simplistic tone and the use of specifics. I wasn't crazy about the ending. I feel the theme that "Mom and Dad both love me" needs to be louder. The flip parts were hard for me to see. Maybe In reality, this more like a 3.0 or 3.5 for me.
Abby Ratliff
Sep 16, 2014 Abby Ratliff rated it liked it
This is a story about divorced parents, but it never mentions that. It's not sad. It's not pitiful. Instead I think it makes kids feel less different. The flaps on each page make it fun and surprising. It lets kids know that it is ok to live at two homes.

(Genre: Concept)
Jul 03, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
A story about how a child spends time with both parents after their divorce. Each page has a flap to lift and their isn't favoritism shown towards spending time with one parent versus the other. Illustrations are bright, cheerful and simple. Great read for a tough transition.
Jul 24, 2012 Kendra rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
This is a wonderful simple book to cover this very common issue. So many books on this topic are too complicated or if they are simple have a condescending tone. This one simply states how things are the same or different with each parent with flaps for extra interaction.
Aug 17, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: candlewick-press
Basic life after divorce text

Pages all have a fold out extension for mom and dad's worlds

Looks like acrylic
Edward Sullivan
May 24, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple, visually appealing story told from a young child's perspective about life with separated/divorced parents.
This will be a very useful book to give to families who want to help ease a young child's transition through his or her parents' separation or divorce.
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Melanie Walsh (born 18 July 1964) is an English writer and illustrator of children's books. She studied at Harrow School of Art and the Royal College of Art.

Walsh has published 46 works in 98 publications. Her books have been translated into nine different languages.[1]
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