Book Review: When They Fight

Author: Kathryn White
Illustrated by Cliff Wright 
Interest Level: K-3

About This Book: In a stressful family situation, children can find it difficult to express their feelings. This book provides a wonderful opportunity for children and parents to talk about their feelings together....It confirms for children many of the feelings they experience during parental fights - the fear, isolation and sadness - and yet ends with an uplifting resolution. Not only families but also mental health professionals can use this impressive book as a jumping-off point for healing discussion. Dr. Barbara Kezur, Ph.D, Psychology

When they fight,
the world shakes.
The house quakes.

When they are friends,
the sun comes out.
I float on the clouds.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: I purchased this book for a 8 year old boy who was going through an extremely rough time when his parents split up. There was a lot of fighting going on in front of him.  Kids often don't have the words to articulate the pain they are feeling when they witness a fight (argument, verbal abuse) between parents. When parents bad-mouth each other it goes straight to the core of the child and destroys their self-esteem. Who knew that a story about a badger could be so healing for kids.......get this one on your shelf.

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  1. I work at a domestic violence shelter with women and children. I am so grateful for your work on this site. I come here often to find books to help these struggling children. Thank you for sharing your insights with the world.