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Why Do Families Change?
Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce
By (author): Dr. Jillian Roberts Illustrated by: Cindy Revell
9781459809512 Hardcover , Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 3 - 5, Canadian school grade range P - K, US school grade range P - K, Reading age, years 3 - 5 Mar 21, 2017 Print Run: 6000
$19.95 CAD
Out of stock indefinitely 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 380 gr 32 pages 32 Colour illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce
North America
OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2017, Commended
A reassuring and straightforward explanation of separation and divorce.

Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter.

Why Do Families Change? is part of the Just Enough series. Other topics in the series include birth, death and diversity.

Key Selling Points

  • Part of the bestselling Just Enough series, Why Do Families Change? explores the concept of separation and divorce in a simple and straightforward way.
  • Written in a question-and-answer format, this book empowers parents and caregivers to start conversations about a subject that's often difficult to talk about.
  • Dr. Jillian Roberts has been working with children for over 20 years, first as a teacher, then as a child psychologist.
  • Now available for the first time in paperback.

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, associate professor and parent. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and theToronto Sun, is a regular contributor to HuffPost and Global News. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children’s books was released in 2015 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards and wine bottles, and in magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. She has worked with clients like Disney, Penguin Putnam, the L.A. Times and Scholastic. Her illustration of Mallory and the Power Boy (Annick Press) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton.

"The answers throughout the book are realistic and appropriate...A useful resource for a common issue." - Kirkus Reviews

"This would be a perfect 'just in time' book to use with a young child to help explain the confusion of separation and divorce...The beautiful and engaging colour illustrations lend a storybook quality to the book that helps with its accessibility for younger kids." - Resource Links

"Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault...Potentially scary concepts, such as moving, are made accessible...A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students." - School Library Journal

"Cindy Revell's colourful illustrations capture the emotions that parents/caregivers and their children may feel...Why Do Families Change? is an excellent book to remind children that it's not their fault if their parents decide to separate or divorce and that they are still part of a family...and that the one thing that remains constant is the love that their family has for them. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"A useful tool for explaining to children that the world is different, but not worse, when their parents separate." - BarTalk, BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association

"Children will feel understood and less alone when they realise they're not the only ones with these questions. And they will appreciate the simple, honest answers and their reassuring tone…Why Do Families Change? takes a complicated topic that's difficult to talk about, and breaks it down into simple, matter of fact answers. Its reassuring tone is helpful to both children and parents." - Butterfly Books blog

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