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I Don't Want to Talk about It

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When a child's parents tell her that they have decided to divorce, the last thing she wants to do is to talk about it. Instead, she wants to roar like a lion so she can't hear their words. This story reveals a range of feelings a young child might experience when a family is confronting divorce. ...more
Paperback, 28 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Magination Press
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Kristen Lindsay
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, i-am-america
The narrator of this story is a little girl who tells of her parents recent news to divorce, and she describes very vividly how the news makes her feel. Her world seems to be wild, like that of a jungle, with the descriptive language that the author uses. "I remembered the nights I wanted to be an elephant, so that I could crash through my parents' door and stop their mad, bad words," the narrator says. The author, Jeanie Franz Ransom, uses language that validates children's feelings and helps t ...more
Brianna
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The narrator of this story is a little girl who tells of her parents recent news to divorce, and she describes very vividly how the news makes her feel. Her world seems to be wild, like that of a jungle, with the descriptive language that the author uses. "I remembered the nights I wanted to be an elephant, so that I could crash through my parents' door and stop their mad, bad words," the narrator says. The author, Jeanie Franz Ransom, uses language that validates children's feelings and helps t ...more
Amber Adams
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is by far one of the best reads I have done. This narrative tells the story of a child's anger when her parents tell her they are getting divorced. Every time they try to comfort her while talking about the situation, she get upset and says she doesn't want to talk about it. Which is a typical for all children, but this story showed all the emotions she was feeling. After feeling sad and mad, she turns into various animals that match her emotions or feelings. (ex. she wants to roar lik ...more
Zilha B.
This story, written from the perspective of a little girl, shows what it is like to be in the middle of a divorce for many young kids. This little girl wants to do anything except “talk about it.” this book uses a lot of descriptive language that helps the reader feel the way the author is feeling-lonely, mad, hurt, etc. I would keep a copy of this book in my classroom library for students to read and show that all families are different. For those students whose families may be going through a ...more
Victoria Clay
This book discusses the subject of divorce. A lot of children experience their parents' divorce and they often have a lot of feelings about it. What I like about this book is that it shows children that it is okay to mad or sad or upset about it. I also liked how it stressed that just because one's parents are not together, does not mean that their love for you will change. I would suggest having this book on hand to give to a child who you know is struggling with this. It may allow them to feel ...more
Armanda Campbell
This book was a really good read. It's great for students whose parents may be in the nmiddle of a divorce because it gives them a lot to think about. Reading this book, reminded me a lot of "My Mother's House, My Father's House" which also discussses the fact that rather than having a mom and dad in one house, you now have a mom in one house and a dad in another, but you also have two rooms that are both unique. I really liked this bok becuase it teaches kids that although your parents think it ...more
DelGal
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book tells a short, but wonderful story about a child's wide range of emotions when she finds out her parents are divorcing. Her feelings are depicted through lovely drawings of animals, for example, she feels at one point she wants to fly away like a bird because she's so upset and doesn't want to live with her family any more. There's also a section in the back that includes information for parents on how to deal with divorce and children, which is a much needed bit of information for any ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
When a young girl's parents tell her that they getting a divorce she experiences a wide range of emotions and doesn't want to talk about it. Her parents offer her reassurance and help her to talk about how she's feelings. Children will certainly be able to relate with this main character and comparing the different emotions to animals allows them to talk about feelings which sometimes feel unexplainable.

The note to parents, written by Dr. Philip Stahl, is a valuable resource that many parents w
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Juso
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, inspiration
"I Don't Want to Talk about It" is an emotional book about a little girl that is stuck in the middle of a divorce. She is willing to do anything, except talk about the divorce with anyone. This book depicts a lot of emotions that a young girl like her would feel in the middle of divorce. As a teacher, I could use this book to inspire students to feel better. It could be used to discuss about the different families and the many families that the students in the class can come from. ...more
Alma Loredo
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a book where parents are breaking the news and telling their young girl that they are getting a divorce. She does not want to hear about it and tries to hide from the unwanted truth. Her parents keep saying that talking about it would make it better. After a while she realizes that her parents will not live together anymore but everything else will be the same as always. This book could really help a child that is having a hard time with a divorce.
Isela
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: divorce-emotions
This book is about a mom and a dad and they are getting a divorce. As a result, the child expresses her feeling using animals. At the end of the book, there is an area for " note to parents", which offers tips in helping children deal with divorce. ...more
Andrea Retana
This book gives insight that is normal to feel sad or upset when parents get divorce.
The children are able to relate with main characters.
The author of the book uses language that will help students to relate with their emotions.
Deb
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great real life connection to what is really happening in children's lives. A sad reality! ...more
Yapha
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good book to recommend to divorcing parents who want something to read with their children. It shows the range of emotions that children go through. Recommended for grades K-2.
Elly Peterson
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl's struggle with hearing the news of her parents' divorce. Her mom and dad come into her room to talk to her about it, but hence the title of the book, she doesn't "want to talk about it". This picture book truly goes out of its way to show the not-so-pretty parts of family. Many children go through struggles with divorced parents, and this is one of the few books that addresses that.

It seems to me to be aimed towards older children. The words and story is more complex,
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Kate P
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4-8 year olds
A little girl is told by her parents that they are getting a divorce. She is hurt and afraid and doesn't want anything to do with that so she describes her feelings and emotions with animal noises and animal embodiments. It is quite a unique story. I do not recall reading anything like this. The art is interesting - paintings. The little girl emotes passionately and it is expressed vividly throughout this book.

Interesting and worth reading. A good bibliotherapy book about divorce for children.
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Michael Cuevas
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first thing that I could say about the book is the illistrations are great. I love how when she's trying to compare all the different ways she wants to get away from her parents with different animals. The plot is about a girl that is given the terrible news that her parents are getting a divorce. Her parents are trying to say the all different reasons that it will not be so bad, but the girl responds with I don't want to talk about it. Until they finally convince her that things will still ...more
Alicia Gil
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The images in this book did a wonderful job of displaying children's emotions when receiving such heavy news. I liked the way the illustrations were only on one page rather than spanning across both as it gave the reader more of an opportunity to focus on the words and topic of the book.

The plot of this book was very heavy as it dealt with a very heavy topic in a child's household. Allowing the reader to see what the child is feeling can be a great way to show a child reading the book that they
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Kaylin Azevedo
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
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Beatriz Martinez
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story is about a little girl whose parents are divorcing. The girl uses metaphors to describe how bad feels about the situation. She later accepts her parent’s divorce because she understands her parents will still love and care for her. The voice I heard was a sad and worried little girl.
Lauren Clendening/Cox
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about a little girl that has a mom and dad who are getting divorced. When the mom and dad come to tell her about their decision she tells them that "she doesn't want to talk about it." Throughout the story, she describes how she wished she was a certain type of animal so that she could run far away, fly far away, be prickly like a porcupine so that she couldn't be hurt, be a crocodile so that she could eat her parents bad news up, etc. At the end of the story, the parents explain to ...more
Alsjem
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked the linking of emotions to animals and the advice to parents at the back of the book.
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Jeanie Franz Ransom is a children's picture-book author and former elementary school counselor with a penchant for puns and a fondness for fractured fairytales. Her books include the award-winning "What Really Happened to Humpty?" and "The Crown Affair," and her newest title, "Cowboy Car."

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