Monday, July 7, 2014

Mister Rogers Offers Help

Let’s Talk About It: Divorce

By Fred Rogers
G.P. Putnam, New York, 1996

Reviewed by Laura Harting

            True to the style made famous by the long-running TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, this book is direct, clear, warm, and child-centered. It is written for the elementary school age child and the text covers the basics. Rogers begins by defining families as people who keep you safe, give you food, and take care of you. When defining divorce, Rogers mentions what changes and what stays the same in the family. Talking, drawing, and pounding clay are some of the activities he offers for coping with feelings. He also provides basic facts about divorce.
            This book remains relevant 18 years after it was published, however it is also quite dated. Children reading this book today may have a difficult time relating to the photographs.

Laura Harting, LCSW, is a child and family therapist with a practice in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

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