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Two Homes [Hardcover]

Claire Masurel , Kady MacDonald Denton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jun 2001
A comforting story and intimate paintings reassure children that, in the face of divorce, there can be warmth and love.

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. But whether Alex is with Mommy or with Daddy, one thing always stays the same — Alex is loved.
Claire Masurel’s gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained instead of what is lost when parents divorce. Kady MacDonald Denton has
sensitively created all the small details of two distinctly different homes, while firmly establishing Alex’s place in both of them.
TWO HOMES will help children — and parents — embrace even the most difficult of changes with an open and optimistic heart.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763605115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763605117
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 25.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,158,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offering as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one.... Simple, yet profoundly satisfying." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Claire Masurel is the author of numerous books for children although this is her first for Walker Books. She wrote Two Homes after talking to a child who was upset after her parents' recent divorce. In order to comfort the girl, "I talked about her two homes, and all the many things she could do in them. It was a positive way of helping her accept the changes in her life, focusing not on what was missed, but on the abundance of good times - and love - that she would continue to share with her Mum and Dad." Kady MacDonald Denton is one of Canada's foremost illustrators and has won the General Governor Award. She lives with her family in Manitoba, Canada. About Two Homes, she says, "Alex talks about simple things like toothbrushes, bedrooms, and friends - and they are all special because they are part of the love Alex feels in both homes. I tried to show that love in the illustrations." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended 7 Mar 2009
By Sallie
My son's father and I split up before he was born and I discovered this book when he was about 2. He is now 6 and still likes to go back to this book and read it himself now as I think he finds it reassuring. I have recommended this book to so may families at the preschool I work at and often read it to all of the children, as so may families live apart these days there are so many of my kids that can identify with the story. It is so child centered, simple and positive
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice simple book that helps your child feel ok 19 Aug 2005
My son is 4 his dad left very suddenly and he has found it hard to cope with having two homes, he only thinks of one as his and the other as 'number 6' at the moment, but went through a time thinking he did not have one home let alone two, he called them '6' and '23'. This book should help your child to think of both of them as homes I only wish I had had it sooner. Another book that was excellent and that I would highly recommend was 'It's not your fault, Koko bear' by Vicki Lansky
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book for my three year old son when his father and I split up over a year ago. He absolutely loved it and still sometimes asks me to read it to him even though he is now nearly five. It is set out very simply with lovely drawings. It is written from the viewpoint of a little boy called Alex, and he takes the reader through both his homes - his bedroom at daddy's house and his bedroom at mummy's house and so on - at the end it finishes by saying that whichever home he is in, his mummy and daddy love him very much.
It is very simple, but an effective way for helping children to deal with the difficult situation of having two homes. It provides a character and situation with which the child can identify and I think that is why my son likes it so much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 6 Mar 2009
By Efe
Great book to explain to younger children what will happen when Mum and Dad decide not to live together any more. My son found it very reassuring. Very simple language, perfect for the younger ones - I struggled to find something for the right age range in my local bookstore.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for a little one 29 Jan 2009
I bought this book to help my 5 year old daughter see that she is not the only one who has two homes and I think it has really helped. She has already mastered reading it on her own and really enjoys it.

A great little story for anyone in the same position.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "freaky kid"! 17 Mar 2012
My son, who is 5, is probably too old for this book, which is a very simple story for younger children. He refused to read it anyway, because of the "freaky kid" on the front. In fact, he asked me to put it somewhere he would never see it again because it scared him. I can see that for some kids the drawing of the child might be a bit frightening, and it wasn't my cup of tea, although I liked the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but great 24 Sep 2011
By Sheona
I bought this for my 3 year old son. His father and I split up when he was a baby but I wanted to reassure him that his situation was 'OK' as very few of his friends have parents who don't live together. We read it 3 times the day we got it and he has asked for it every day since. He says he is 'same as Alex!' and now seems to understand that he has 2 homes too. I would say that I don't like that it says 'Here' and 'There' (here for Daddy's, there for 'Mommy's') but I just change it and say 'here' for both houses. The illustrations are really great too. There's lots to talk about. I'd definitely recommend this book.
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Bought this for my 3 and 6 year old boys as they (and their baby brother) spend half the week with me and half with my ex partner. The boys loved to look at similarities in the character's 2 homes, to their own 2 homes. The text is simple so easily understood by my 3 year old, and easily read by my 6 year old. A great book to start a bit of discussion about their lives now, and puts across the fact that they are always loved by both their parents
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very simple book that shows a young child with two ...
Very simple book that shows a young child with two homes following a separation. Suitable for our six year old child.
Published 17 days ago by MRS ELAINE B HAINES
3.0 out of 5 stars ... book but My two boys really found it a great
It's a very simple book but My two boys really found it a great
Published 1 month ago by Angela Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter loved the book. She understands the process of things to come
Published 3 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased
Published 3 months ago by Heather H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Book is great but delivery took much longer than expected
Published 3 months ago by mrs jennifer j sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars A great specialist book
A wonderful book in words and pictures which I used to explain and revisit our separations to our 2-3year old but may also suit an older child too. It definitely helped. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book.
An excellent book which is a real help to my patients and their parents who are going through a separation.
Published 4 months ago by Deirdre Alice Line
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of the best books for divorce. Bought for a 5 year old, and he really liked reading them. I wish I'd bought them sooner
Published 6 months ago by tastour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Funny looking kid in the book, however.......

Purchased as a gift for my nephew, after his parents separated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mjmg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for younger children
This book was excellent for my 4 year old who was struggling with his routine being disrupted. He now understands that he has 2 houses and is loved in both
Published 7 months ago by Deborah Greene
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