Far Apart, Close in Heart

Be­ing a Fam­ily When a Loved One is In­car­cer­ated

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Children’s Picture Books -

Becky Birtha, Maja Kastelic, il­lus­tra­tor, Al­bert Whit­man & Com­pany Hard­cover $16.99 (32pp), 978-0-8075-1275-3

When a par­ent goes to jail or prison, chil­dren are of­ten left with con­flict­ing emo­tions. In Far Apart, Close in Heart, Becky Birtha ex­plores the fall­out with com­pas­sion and in­sight. Maja Kastelic’s softly invit­ing vi­gnettes show Rafael, Atian, and Emily, along with a cul­tur­ally di­verse group of boys and girls, as they share their ex­pe­ri­ences at school and home, giv­ing chil­dren and care­tak­ers use­ful tools for cop­ing, even when mom or dad are far away.

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