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Two Homes

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  216 reviews
"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying. - BOOKLIST (starred review)

At Mommy’s house, Alex has a soft chair. At Daddy’s house, Alex has a rocking chair. In each home, Alex also has a special bedroom and lots of friends to play with. Bu
Paperback, 40 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Candlewick Press (first published 2001)
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Ellie Abrey
Two Homes tells the story of a boy, Alex, who has two homes because his parents are no longer in a relationship. This is told in a positive way which reinforces that Alex is very much loved by both parents, regardless of which home is currently residing.
This would be a useful text for children experiencing a similar situation, that may be feeling somewhat nervous about the prospect of a very new family setup. Also, the text could be useful in a whole class setting for illustrating the diverse f
Jena Costin
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two Homes by Claire Masurel is a story written from the perspective of a child of divorced or separated parents. It depicts a child-centered and positive outlook of a family split between two homes. Alex, the main character, is a young child who travels between two homes, one where he lives with his mother and the other with his father. The book provides a realistic, yet positive view on divorce and separation. It can also be helpful for children who are transitioning into a life of two homes, b ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is great for children whose parents are split, foster children, and just children who spend time between homes. I read it to a 2 and 4 year old. The 2 year old was even ok with it. You cannot always change situations, and this book provides a simple and great explanation to help children understand why they don't live with Mom and Dad together in 1 home. I would love to see an African American version of it. ...more
Miley Smiley
Subgroup: Family; divorce

Genre: non-fiction

Synopsis: Alex explains to readers that he has two homes and how because of these two home he has two of everything. With these two homes he now also has twice the love.

5.) Masurel, C. (2001). Two Homes. Cambridge, Massachusettes: Candlewick Press.
Becca Holcomb
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: change
This is a perfect book for teachers to have when they know a student's parents may be going through a divorce. It can be a special independent read for a student. ...more
Daryle Tibbs
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clients often come to me before they have told anyone what they are going through, and that includes their children. Clients often ask me how to have the divorce discussion with their children. My answer is that it depends how old their children are and what the maturity level of their children is. One option is to begin introducing the idea of divorce through books. Two Homes is one such book that could be used to introduce the idea of divorce to young children. The book states that it is for c ...more
Nick So'oto
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book Two Homes, gives a realistic point of view of a young boy named Alex that basically has two of everything! Amazing right? The book takes you through the mind of Alex while he switches home from home since his parents are divorced. It is a beautiful written story although each page only has about four to five words on it. The book gives children who have divorced parents something to relate to, and something to be positive about.

I definitely loved this book! It's such a beautiful book, a
Haley Carlisle
Mar 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Two Homes is a realistic fiction book about a little boy named Alex who explains his two homes. Alex talks about how sometimes he stays with his mom and sometimes with his dad.
Alex explains he loves both of his parents, and how he has fun at both houses. Each page shows illustrations of the different houses he lives at. One page is his moms house and one page is his dads house. Alex talks about his two favorite chairs, one is at daddy’s and one is at mommy’s. Alex talks about how he has a lot of
Audrey Spiller
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young elementary school children
This book is about a little boy who has divorced parents and has two homes. The little boy named Alex talks about how he has two homes and what life is like at his mom’s house and his dad's house. He notices that each of his homes has a lot of similar things like the door, the bedrooms, the kitchen, ect. Most importantly, he realizes he is loved at both homes

This book is about family dynamics. Specifically, it is about a child with divorced parents who has two homes he moves between.

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Ben Truong
Two Homes is a children's picture book written by Claire Masurel and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton and depicts a boy, Alex, whose parents are separated or divorced and the two homes that he lives in.

Masurel's text is simplistic and flows really well. It tackles a situation that more and more children going to experience – having two homes. Denton's illustrations were beautiful and demonstrate the difference in each home very well. The illustrations bring the text to life and greatly compl
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-text-set
Claire Masurel takes on the difficult topic of divorced homes, but she does it in such an elegant way that you can't help to become intrigued and continue to read. Alex, who is the main character of our book describes the many different things that he has at his mommy's house and daddy's house. Mommy has a soft chair while daddy has a rocking chair, but overall each home has lots of friends for him to play. This fictional story uses text that makes light of this situation and how regardless of i ...more
Garielle Hawes
In this book, a little boy named Alex talks about how he has two homes. In this story he takes the readers through a little journey as to what life is like at his mum's house and his dad's house. He notices that in each of his homes that there are a lot of things that are similar like the door, the bedrooms, and the fact that he has chairs there too. The biggest similarity that he recognized was that no matter what home he was in, his parents love for him never changed and remained the same. Thi ...more
Amber Cook
Two Homes is a realistic fiction book about Alex who has two homes. This book explores so many great elements. Alex parent's are divorced, but this book shows a realistic and positive perspective of a child of divorced or separated parents. I enjoyed that the book shows that even through this sad moment in life, having two homes does not have to be a bad thing. I also admired that at the end of the book, they stated that no matter where Alex is both parents still and will always love him. I beli ...more
Kathleen O'Dell
This book is a Children’s Fiction book that portrays a small child whose parents do not live together. The child talks about how they have two of everything because of this. The book highlights how things are different, but they are also the same, and both parents love them very much. The book looks like it would be good for children who are kindergarten up to second or third grade. The wording makes it very easy for children to understand the point of the story. The pictures are really soft and ...more
Claire Polasek
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Challenge/Issues
Award(s): None
Audience: PreK-2nd

A. The little boy, Alex, has parents who are divorced. Because they are divorced he lives in two different houses.
B. This book addresses divorced parents without being harsh or negative. Alex has a positive outlook on his situation and he points out the goods in the situation, such as having two favorite chairs. This is good because divorce is on the rise in America and it's quite possible students in my class will have divorced parents them
Jomal Childers
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-text-set
Two homes does a great job representing what life is like for a child who is a product of divorced household. After reading the book My family’s Changing, I realizes the book offer many thought provoking questions to young readers, I believe this book would be great to show children that divorce isn’t always a bad thing. Two Homes shows Alex the main character having two of everything. He has two homes, two kitchens, two bed rooms, etc. The books gives children hope to see that they could very w ...more
Dayona Williams
Two homes is a realistic fiction book, it has a very clear message and I believe in this day it is a very relatable message. Not all the time children get to live with both mommy and daddy. And having this book discuss something that could possibly make children feel like they don't "fit in" is very important. The plot was great and the deliverance of this message was also great. The illustrations in this book were very clear and you could easily understand what the author's message was. I thoro ...more
Ana Pedraza
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book Two Homes is about a little boy named Alex whose parents are divorced. This book shows the more positive side of divorce in the perspective of the child maybe. In the book Alex is saying how he has two of everything, such as a room, door, and more friends. This book may be able to help children who are going through living in two homes. It can give them something to relate to and know that many people are going through the same thing. I think Two Homes is a simple read and most young ch ...more
Mariah Wright
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Homes is a great cultural story. I also believe that it can be considerate a social emotional book for a child who may be dealing with this. Preferably for children who may live in a home with separated parents. In this story it is about a little boy named Alex. His parents are separated and each have their own house so Alex goes back and forth and whichever one he is with he states how has two of everything. However even if he has two of the same things the one thing that stays the same con ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very well thought out book. Clearly from an adult perspective, the parents are either divorced or never married. There is no mention of why the parents are not together which is good because this is a children's book and that reason does not matter to children. There is also no negativity directed to either parent and no favoritism by the child for either parent. This book feels like it could be a child's introduction about themselves to classmates about how they have two of many thin ...more
Keturah Reid
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little picture book. It was too cute! It's about a child named Alex who's parents are divorced. It talks about the different things Alex has at his mom's house and at his dad's house. It makes a point to know that even though Alex lives in two different homes he still lives a good life with two loving parents. This is a family that is dealing with divorce which applies to my text set on families.

This story is very age appropriate and easy for children to understand. It utilizes a st
"Two Homes" is about a young child who lives between his mother and father's homes. It is a simple book about Alex who loves both parents and both houses, and his parents love him very much. I like the positive message that this story sends about families who are separated, but who are still friendly and cordial to each other for the child's sake. I would say this is a good book for pre-k and kindergarten. ...more
Sinthia Burgos
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-confidence
alex has two homes, two chairs, two toothbrushes, and two different rooms. Alex likes having two homes, one with daddy and one with mommy. This book could help a child going through a divorce or a separation between their parents. It could help them realize the good things about their parents. Give them some comfort that everything will be different but it will be okay. Book is simple with many great pictures for children to look at and ask about.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ga-pre-k-2115
I enjoy how the story is told in the child's perspective because it's a different perspective than normal books. This book brings up the topic of split parenting which is very prevalent in today's society. I would use this book to talk about how not everyone's family is the same and that's okay. I like this book because it is different and can relate to many children in my classroom on a personal level. ...more
Lauren Watson
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and how simple it was. I think a big thing that some children have to go through is having divorced parents and I think this book did a good job at showing the joy of having two sets of things at each house. At the end of the book it also emphasizes the point that this little boy still loves his parents and they still love him which I think can be a hard thing to figure out when your parents aren't together. ...more
Meghan GTC
Reading this book as an adult who came from a divorced family this really hit home. It was so wonderfully written and I feel an excellent choice to read to children who may be going through the same struggles. It was easy to understand and used simple language and really drove the point home of how love can still come from two homes.
Betul Kilinc
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotions
This is a great book to read at home with a child who is going through a divorce in the family or for separated families. It could also be utilized in the classroom as a one on one story to be read with a child who may be living in two homes. It could be a discussion starter for a child going through a similar situation as the one in the book and make the child feel like they are not alone.
Marisa Severin
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-emotional
This book is ideal for children who are struggling with the effects of parents separating (especially the idea of belonging to two different homes). I loved it because it reminds us that there is a silver lining in every cloud, we just have to find it. The words in this book was simple to read and the underlying message in the book was well received. I love it.
Anita Marlin
Cute illustrations! The book is really simple and easy to understand. It is for children whom parents are divorced and separated, and they sometimes will live with mommy and sometimes live with daddy. It reassures and comforts children that no matter what their parents love them forever. This book I would like to read it individual child.
Ndengo Bwanga
This is a perfect book for children. I love this book because it is a story of a normal life. Divorce happens in lots of family. So, this is a great book to read in class with children. After reading this book, teachers may discuss with their children about how they parents love them. This is very interesting book.
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