Two Homes
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"Parents looking for a book about separation or divorce will find few offerings as positive, matter-of-fact, or child-centered as this one. . . . Simple, yet profoundly satisfying. - BOOKLIST (starred review)

At Mommy’s house, Alex has a soft chair. At Daddy’s house, Alex has a rocking chair. In each home, Alex also has a special bedroom and lots of friends to play with. But whether Alex is with Mommy or with Daddy, one thing always stays the same - Alex is loved. The gently reassuring text focuses on what is gained rather than what is lost when parents divorce, while the sensitive illustrations, depicting two unique homes in all their small details, firmly establish Alex’s place in both of them. TWO HOMES will help children - and parents - embrace even the most difficult of changes with an open and optimistic heart.

Customer Reviews:

  • Counselor recommendation
    Two HomesAs a psychotherapist who works with children trying to make sense in their changing worlds, I have found Two Homes by Claire Masurel to be especially helpful. Sometimes we read the book together in my office and frequently I will recommend it to parents to read again at home.
    When I was seeing Alexis,I discovered quite by accident, that both boys and girls can relate to the pictures and story because she saw "Alex" not as a boy but as a girl with her name. Since I sometimes "loan" the book to parents, I do not always have it available when I need it in the office, so I am reordering more than 1 copy.
    Parents report back that their kids actually come to appreciate that they have two places to call home, each with its own special qualities -- two birthdays, two pets, two bedrooms, two neighborhoods, etc and the book helps both parents and the kids find something positive in one of life's difficult transitions. ...more info
  • Great for Younger children!!!
    I purchased this book for my preschool children's class. One of the children in that class has divorced parents and the other children just couldn't understand why sometimes he went home with mom and sometimes with dad with a suitcase. I found this book online and looked it over before donating it to the class and thought to myself it's perfect nothing complicated nothing over the top they won't understand. the next day the teacher's thanked me and said it cleared up alot of questions as simple as the book was. the book shows how alex has 2 homes, 2 rooms, 2 sets of friends, 2 parents and a lot of love. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has young children....more info
  • perfect for toddlers
    Perfect way to aknowledge the changes your toddler is experiencing. My son requested i read this book 5 times in a row after i gave it to him. Because of the limited ability to communicate their feelings you never know what is going on in their little minds. my son really connected to this book and i recommend it to anyone else going through divorce....more info
  • gentle, positive, reassuring
    This book made a big difference to our 5-year-old daughter when we separated. It doesn't directly address divorce, focusing instead on making the child feel secure going back and forth to the parents' different houses, showing that the child can keep rich ties with each and will always be loved by both. Highly recommended....more info
  • Perfect
    This book was perfect and not just because the child we have has the same name as the one in the book, that was just a plus. I would recommend this book to all children, and not just those who do have "Two Homes". It will help other children understand why their friends are not always in the same place, well written and easy for our 6 yr old to read even by himself....more info
  • Helps children of divorce realize that they aren't alone
    I originally checked this book out from the library, as I thought it might help to open a dialog with my children about their feelings on my divorce from their mother. As soon as I read the lines, "I have two homes. Sometimes I live with my mother, and sometimes I live with my father." my 5-year-old sat up straight and exclaimed "That's like us!" This book, and the talks that come from it, have helped my kids see that they are not alone and even though their mother and I live in separate places, we still both love them very much. I highly recommend this book for anyone with small children who are dealing with their parents' divorce. ...more info
  • Excellent - very, very relevant
    The child who read this kept saying - 'that's like me' as he realised just how much he had in common with the character - an excellent book, gentle, lyrical, clear and straightforward - comes highly recommended. ...more info
  • Perfect book for our family
    This was a great book for our family - very positive about the relationship with former spouses. My ex-husband and I have a very positive relationship with one another and with our son, and this book was helpful to reaffirm that with him. I found that a lot of other divorce/two home type books had a silent negative outlook on it, and focused on overcoming that, rather than on reaffirming the positive things involved in a child having "two homes" or living in a divorced family. GREAT BOOK - HIGHLY RECOMMEND....more info
  • yep -- it's a good one
    my toddler says this book is "good," a high compliment! it's simple, stays focused on the topic. i think the repetition helps to normalize and reinforce the message that having parents who live in difference homes is okay. also helps me to get into the mindset of my toddler, who's looking for a certain sense of belonging and security. ...more info
  • good book for children whose parents were never married
    I've been looking for a book to read to my son about having two families. His father and I were never married, so most of the books don't apply to our situation, because they're about divorced parents. This book speaks nothing about the relationship between the parents. It is purely about the difference in mommy's house and daddy's house. It speaks as if this a natural arrangment, and doesn't suggest sadness or loneliness about the parents not being together. My son is only 18 mths old, but he likes the pictures, and it's a good, simple story-line for when he's old enough to understand. I highly reccommend this book for divorced, or never-married families....more info
  • review for two homes
    This book was helpful, however, for very young children. Perhaps 3 to 4 year olds. I found it a little young for my 7 year old children. Good illistrations, very, very basic....more info
  • Helped me talk with my preschooler about his "two homes"
    This book is written very well. It helped me find a way to talk about my son's two homes - even if he doesn't know how different it might be (he's 2) than others, it may make it more normal - of give him a way to see it from a very positive light....more info
  • Has helped my grandkids adjust.
    I was looking for a book that would help with the adjustment process as my granddaughter (5) and my grandson (3) are in the midst of the upheaval that comes from this change in households as they spend time with each parent. This book is excellent! My grandson thinks he is the boy in the story, Alex!...more info
  • Good book
    This book helped my 5 year old granddaughter right after her parents split. It was good for her to see that other kids live in the same situation. She was able to identify with the two homes that her world became....more info
  • Great book for young children
    My daughter was 3 and a half when we moved out due to my husband and I separating. I bought a few books that looked like they were on her level (not too complex). This book is fantastic for her age and keeps it so simple. My daughter "reads" it to herself also. When I read it with her I draw examples from our own house, etc. Out of all the books I bought, this is a favorite. When she's a little older Dinosaur's Divorce or some others may be more appropriate. But this is just right for now and has been a great tool in helping her adjust to having "Two Homes"....more info
  • Buy this book!! You will not be disappointed!
    I cannot say enough good things about this book. I bought this for my young stepchildren when they were about 1 1/2 years old. They're almost 5 now and this has been a longtime favorite. Instantly, they began to relate to the scenarios in the book (Examples are I have two toothbrushes, one at Mommy's house and one at Daddy's house; I have two kitchens, I cook here with Mommy, I cook here with Daddy). They call the book "Alex" and I honestly believe that it has helped them to understand the situation with their parents in a simple, age-appropriate manner. The things that are most important for young children in divorce- stability, love, and security, are addressed simply through Alex's words. This book is amazing. Buy it now!...more info
  • Excellent helper for young children experiencing parents' divorce
    How wonderful to find a book that helps with such a difficult and emotional topic for young children! I purchased this book to help my 2 1/2 year old grandson cope with his parents' divorce, and to help him cope with shared custody. This is a simply written, brightly colored book that is not too wordy for the younger child. It never mentions the word "divorce". It simply shows and tells how the young child has "two homes" where he or she can feel secure and comfortable. It presents opportunities for discussion, and allows the child to talk about and express feelings. At first, it is just a good introduction to a difficult subject, but repeat readings over time, allows it to grow with the young child as he/she verbalizes more. I am an Early Childhood educator, and I highly recommend this book. ...more info
  • excellent book for pre school children whose parents are divorced(ing)
    This book was especially helpful to my 3 yr. old granddaughter whose parents are separated. She immediately identified w/ the main character, Alex, who has "separate" homes. It doesn't try to preach or analyze, just states the facts about the separation of parents.It also reinforces the fact that each parent loves and cares for the child despite the separateness. I found it encouraging and also comforting for any child who is confused over their family situation....more info
  • A child's book that is essential reading for divorcing couples
    Divorce is not pretty and certainly not how families should end up. However when the tragedy happens the good intentions of putting the children first can be thrown out of the window and it is the children that very often are being used as pawns in the parental battle. Needless to say it is the child that ends up scarred.

    The idea behind the book is very straightforward and in language the child can understand it aims to turn a tragedy into a positive outcome. The child can perceive that this new state of affairs can be for the best, and it gives opportunities for the adults to discuss with the child his feelings about the recent life changes. This book is a powerful tool for the child to gain from what otherwise could be a very traumatising experience.

    While this book may have been written for the youngest child to understand, the message it gives is so simple that the parents would do well to take heed and follow it through as a blue print in how to conduct their affairs. If they cannot, a wise grandparent may wish to take on this roll with the child. The child may not be able to bring the parents back together, but this book can help to empower the child to ensure he does not lose out with either parent....more info
  • Good bedtime reading
    I purchased this book for small children (7 and 3) whose parents are separated and going through a divorce. The book helped them find the words to ask questions or at least gave them the chance to just say "why?". Other books have been scarey, but this was a simple little story....more info