Title: “Two Homes”
Author: Claire Masurel
Illustrator: Kady Macdonald Denton
Genre: Children’s, Family, Divorce
(This book is best suited for beginning readers, children ages 3-6)
Publisher: Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA (2001).

Description: “Two Homes” is told through the narrative of a little boy with an adorable bowl haircut named Alex. Alex’s parents are divorced, and he spends time between “two homes” visiting both of his parents, who love him.

My Review:

“Two Homes” is a simple book with colorful illustrations; young children from divorced homes will find this book easy to understand, and easy to relate to Alex. Throughout the book, Alex shows the reader his life—his pet dog, his toys, his life and adventures with both parents.

I like how “Two Homes” does not attempt to explain the complications of divorce, nor does it take sides. This book gently opens a door, in which you can begin to talk to your child about your family situation.

On the flip side, “Two Homes” is so simple that it makes divorce look easy, and Alex seems to have only one emotion–happy. Masurel wrote “Two Homes” after talking with a child whose parents divorced, I am not sure if she is a parent herself or if she has experienced divorce. It would be much more realistic if “Two Homes” addressed, or at least showed, the different feelings associated with divorce, and some of the issues caused by the transition of going from one home to another. Then, once there is a resolution or acceptance, it would make sense that Alex feels more secure living between the homes of both parents. “Two Homes” does hint that Alex has some acceptance with his parent’s divorce—the message of the book is overall, upbeat.

“Two Homes” is best suited to a younger audience; it was an okay book. I would not recommend “Two Homes” for any situation involving domestic violence. However, it may help a parent struggling to cope with the transition of shared parenting, and give some insight into what the child may experience, and under a more stable, safe situation—and show the child can successfully adjust.

The most important message of this book, is that despite the divorce, the child is loved and well cared for by both parents. I agree that it is important to give positive, loving messages to your child every day.

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