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My Family's Changing- A First Look at Family Break Up

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My Family's Changing This unusual picture book for younger children explores the issue of divorce. The fears, worries, and questions that boys and girls face when their family goes through this difficult period of breaking up are explained in terms children will readily understand. Full description ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by MacDonald Young Books (first published 1998)
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Kyle Abel
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sandra Rivera
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Growing up and experiencing my mother's divorce, even though it wasn't with my father, I wish I had a book like this to help me understand what I was feeling. My stepdad at the time was the only father-figure I had in my life until I met my real dad a couple years later, so when my mom and him got divorced it really affected me. This book definitely gives a rich, realistic plot of divorce that many students' families may be or may have already experienced. I really think my favorite part about t ...more
Jomal Childers
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-text-set
My Family’s Changing is a great informational book about divorce; it is a great way to feed the curiosity of young readers or even be used by parents and teachers to introduce divorce to a child who has been or will be affected by divorce. The books talks about feelings that a child going through divorce may be feeling as well as examples of what they may experience while or before their parents’ divorce. I think the reader will enjoy the illustrations painted in the book as they depict real lif ...more
I think this one is probably best for a slightly older kids set (7-11, if the older kids will tolerate you reading a children's book to them). It really covers a lot of angles- and I can see some parents wanting to skip over parts that they felt weren't necessary ( "sometimes parents say bad things about the other parent or buy lots of presents to make you love them more.") But kids feel and experience so much that parents don't even realize, so probably reading it all and asking the little prom ...more
Katherine Pak
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is kinda different from the books I chose in my text set. This book is about families, focused on divorced families. This young boy is going through some changes in his family, divorce. It goes through how he's coping with it. It's an emotional book. Not really happy or exciting topic for children however it does cover the topic on families. The picture relate to the content of the book. It uses light colors rather than bold colors. Their content isn't confusing. It uses appropriate la ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is another good story about divorce with ideas about how to talk to your kids about the topic. It also mentions some inappropriate things parents might do, which was a little different.
Kendall Lentine
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261, k-4, picture-book
My Family's Changing by Pat Thomas allows children to have a first hand look at explaining divorce. This difficult topic is portrayed through a picture book and, in my opinion, would be appropriate to use as a k-4 grade level reference. Specifically, I feel this book would not be one used in the class for content or as a read allowed. However, I do feel it could be used as an effective tool for helping a specific child facing this issue. The school psychologist would an ideal person to store thi ...more
My Family's Changing is an educational picture book that explores the topic of divorce. It discusses many of the feelings and emotions that a child might feel during a divorce. It is an interactive story that has discussion questions for the reader, and gives many examples. As a teacher I would not use this story in a large group setting, but rather in a small group with children that could relate to the story. I feel that the children that are going through a divorce would be able to benefit fr ...more
Samantha Spratling
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: text-set
This book is informational and describes divorce in a way that is appropriate for children. The illustrations correspond to the text and will keep the students' interests while the text is read. It is developmentally appropriate for children of older elementary ages. The illustrations are appropriate for younger children, but the text is more difficult to understand. I would use this book in my fourth and fifth grade classrooms. ...more
Hope Johnson
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
This is a great book to read to a child in your class that is going through their parents divorcing. It has guiding questions for you to ask the child to help them through. It also teaches the child that it is not their fault which is very important. It is important to have these kinds of books in your classroom so the children can see themselves in the pages of the books.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: divorce
This is a lovely book which tackles the tricky subject of divorce and family break-ups. It addresses lots of fears and concerns which may be worrying children in simple, yet logical terms. There is no doubt that this is a difficult experience for all involved and it tries to help children understand.
Andrea Retana
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-books
I like this book because it addresses the many changing that children go through when their parents get divorce. It include many questions, such as “ What do you think” that would stimulated conversitions between children and parents, and students and teachers.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Thomas uses child friendly language and illustrations to discuss divorce. The book does a nice of job of providing opportunities for children to interact with the book and with their parents while addressing common worries and questions of children.

A very good resource.
Shannon Sevcik
A great book to have in the library or to read if a student's family is going through divorce. Teaches understanding to students about different family situations. ...more
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Pat is a trained psychotherapist, naturopath and journalist. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of child development and writes for various publications including 'Practical Parenting'.

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