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Otis, Sharon E. and Lois Walker.

Illustrated by Debbie Porter. North Vancouver, Puppcorn Productions, c1985. 28pp, paper, spiralbound, $6.99. Distributed by Puppcorn Productions, 3929 Hillcrest Ave., North Vancouver, B.C., V7R 4B7.

K-Grade 2
Reviewed by Joan Welter

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

Written to aid the young child's adjustment to divorce, this flimsy, spiral-bound, and rather expensive book is not recommended. The trauma and stress surrounding divorce and a step family is oversimplified in an unimaginative and stilted text. Accompanying line drawings remind one of a bland colouring book with no character, action, or mood. Tammy is a non-person who appears equally out of place as an older-looking child at a counselling session or conversely as a preschooler sitting in her sandbox. Good material comparable to the award-winning American book Where is Daddy? is needed in Canada. For now the recent publication, Mom and Dad Don't Live Together Any More* fills the gap.

Joan Welter, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa, Ont.

*Reviewed XIII/1 January 1985, p. 41.

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