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Jong, Erica

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ISBN 10: 0787104051 / ISBN 13: 9780787104054
Published by Dove Kids, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Not paginated Illus "A story of adjustment." Signed by Jong on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 30865

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Publisher: Dove Kids

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Tanz, Freya

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition Thus

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The touching story of eight-year-old Megan, whose parents have just gotten divorced describes the difficulties she has in adjusting to the new way of living--two houses, two toy chests, two dogs, and her parents' new friends.

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Jong's first children's book unfolds as the unnecessarily rambling, occasionally confusing monologue of a six-year-old girl whose parents are separated ("That means they still like each other, but they can't live together"). In credible kid jargon, Megan declares that "divorce is dumb" because she can never remember whether she left her underpants and barrettes at her mother's or her father's house and because "you have to put up with your parents' other friends." Her parents' respective lovers, in fact, figure prominently here: letting her imagination roam, Megan hatches drastic plots to dispose of them so her parents will get back together again. Jong adds the expected parental reassurance?Megan's mother and father both take her intermittent acting-out in stride, assuring her that their divorce is not her fault and that there is nothing she can do to change the situation. Yet the story is encumbered by many irrelevant digressions, among them a rundown of Megan's past nannies and the lovers they "ran off" with and the introduction of her father's secondary girlfriend, who on one visit even brings with her a new "boy"?presumably yet another lover. As forthright as Jong's text, Tanz's two-color line art supplements Megan's words with some revealing details, encouraging youngsters to read between the lines. A sunny conclusion comes somewhat hastily, and more vigilant editing would have strengthened the book's impact?this is more successful as bibliotherapy than as storytelling. All ages.
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