Oh No! When a Parent Goes Away
By Dakota King-White
Illustrated by Tyrus Goshay
This is a unique picture book for kids about a serious topic: how a child can cope when a parent goes to prison and isn’t coming home for a long while. It is a book that will educate as well as enlighten with expert advice on how a child can cope.
Duane is a seven-year-old boy who has recently discovered that his Dad is in jail. To make matters worse, he isn’t coming back home for a while. Duane panics like all kids would. What can he do, he keeps asking his Mom?
Duane was so distraught and upset that his mom decided to take him to a counselor. With the counselor, he learned to talk about his feelings openly and express them in writing and drawing. He also learned to talk to his mom when he feels sad and how to get involved in other activities in his community.
This book shows parents how important it is for adults to talk to their children about their feelings. It is also a book that will show kids the importance of expressing their feelings with trusted adults and in safe places, such as their journal.
This picture book is part picture book and part journal where the reader is encouraged to explore feelings of anxiety, frustration, and sadness in the safety of their rooms or with their parents. It is a book that is all-encompassing and encouraging to all kids who are in the unfortunate situation of having a parent in jail.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth