Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown's
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families
Children's book review by Steve Barancik
Go figure: husband-wife team Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown (not divorced) are the authors of this wonderful A-Z book explaining divorce to young children.
Marc is the author of the Arthur books, and together with Laurie they produce the Dino Life Guides, helping kids deal with issues by showing them that the Brown-Krasny dinosaurs deal with them too!
The Browns have a deft touch when it comes to dealing with tough subjects. (Their When Dinosaurs Die is also reviewed on this site.)
Their simple, homespun, kind-hearted wisdom is actually the result of careful research; a lawyer, a pediatrician, a child psychiatrist, an adult psychiatrist, and a clinical social worker all receive consultant credit in the Acknowledgments.
And the Table of Contents tells you just how wide-ranging their coverage of the subject of divorce is:
Of course, the dinosaurs are really just green-complexioned people, and their highs and lows are sure to resonate for children experiencing a family split.
The Dino Life Guides books are all non-fiction - i.e. they aren't just stories about one child - so the Browns are free to explain all sorts of situations, making this a book for all children of divorce. And something else...
Just an opinion, but this is a book every divorced parent could stand to read on their own too. (Remember all those experts who contributed!)
Good parental behavior is depicted, as well as some not-so-good...
...so the book has much to teach about healthy boundaries and your child's needs during a time of upheaval.
The Browns are rather magical when it comes to explicating someone else's point of view, so their books are always a wonderful study in empathy.
Dinosaurs Divorce is a book you'll want on a convenient shelf and that both you and your kids should find yourself going back to again and again. The smiling faces on the cover say it all: Divorce is the end of a marriage, but it doesn't have to be the end of the world.
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