Two Of Everything Paperback – 2 Mar 2000
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Having dealt with the difficult subjects of birth in Mummy Laid an Egg and death in Drop Dead, Babette Cole now turns her attention to another taboo--divorce. Two of Everything puts a different perspective on the issue of divorce by focussing on what a divorce can bring--two of everything and happier parents.
Although the whole issue of the end of a marriage is addressed in Babette Cole's characteristically zany way--only Babette would come up with the idea of a vicar "un-marrying" a couple-- important messages are conveyed in such a way that children are not only entertained, but also reassured. Sadly, divorce is a common occurrence which affects many children, this hilarious picture book addresses the issues and children's main concerns and, at the same time, is an entertaining read filled with Babette Cole's characteristic colourful and inventive illustrations. (4 years and up) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Babette Cole is filled with zest for life: she lives in Dorset but travels extensively, to exotic parts of the world but also around Great Britain, visiting schools and meeting children. She is a great animal lover and keeps chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats which all find their way into her books.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book used to be available as "The Un-Wedding".
I wish there were more kids stories about divorce and children with two homes.
Key example - first time I ever read this to my 4 year old daughter...
The two parents in the book are arguing and fighting all the time (all very humorously), and their two children, our main characters, wonder if it might all be their fault. As soon as that question was posed my daughter piped up with, "It is!". I was stunned.
Of course on the next page it is explained how, at a meeting of all the kids at school who have problem parents, it was unanimously decided that it is NOT the fault of kids if "their parents behave like 5 year olds".
From that moment on my daughter has agreed with the book every time, and realises that our separation is not her fault.
This is SUCH a classic thing for kids to think, and I am so grateful that this book surfaced this idea in my daughter's mind (it was obviously already there) and then showed her in a very powerful way what the actual truth is.
I also recommend "It's not your fault, Koko Bear". When I bought these two books and read them to my daughter it made an immediate and profound difference to her, how she felt about handover times, etc.
Best book on the topic I've seen so far - by a long way
The book starts by explaining that the two children in the book have 'problem parents'. It goes on to explain the things that annoy each parent about the other - to make clear that living in the same house is too difficult for them. It frustrated me to see quite stereotypical archetypes here - with mum nagging dad...
The book continues by explaining that the parents have different opinions about everything and then says that living together makes the parents dislike each other, and because of their ugly thoughts, they become uglier people.
The parents then start playing (rather nasty) tricks on each other, which causes the children worry about the adults' behaviour and about whether they are to blame. Sad and confused, they have a meeting at school to discuss 'problem parents' with other kids - at which it's decided that it's not the kids fault 'if their parents behave like five-year-olds.'
The upshot of all this is that the kids arrange an un-marriage, after which they bulldoze the family home - replacing it with two separate homes for their parents (with a tunnel between them for the kids). With this arrangement, the kids get two of everything, and they also get two happy parents - living apart.
There will be some divorces where this book is either tame, or a good representation of adult behavious, and for such cases, perhaps this book would be useful. However, in a more amicable situation, this is rather too much and would be most upsetting for a child. (I'd suggest this is aimed at the pre-8 yrs old market).
The book explains how mum and dad have differences and that they get 'un-married' in a comical well drawn and well written children story book way. Uncomplicated. Definate for any 4 to 8 year old who you feel needs a reassurance that he/she isn't the only one who has parents that split up and helps the parent explain and discuss (what does unmarried mean? was one question I had). I love it - hope you do to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a humourous view on separation but it really did help my son. Great pictures.Published 7 months ago by Millie
bought it for my daughter when i was separating from her father. Serves it's purpose.Published 9 months ago by Team Churros
This was very helpful to three children (6, 7 & 9) who suddenly found themselves in the sad situation of having separated parents.Published 13 months ago by valerie emmons
Fantastic book, would highly recommend to help kids understand a little better about what's going on when parents separate. Read to my 4 year old & 7 year old.Published 14 months ago by Miss D.
Probably more suited to older children whose parents are experiencing a more difficult or acrimonious separation.Published 23 months ago by 4Kermorvan