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We are admittedly a book family. I come from a family of readers and book hoarders and I am happy to say that it was passed on to me and now to my children. When I’m not quite sure how to handle a situation, how to start a conversation or if I just want some back up – I look first to books.
Having been through a divorce and remarriage with a young child, I certainly understand the difficult conversations that pop up. Usually at the most random and inconvenient times. There have been so many times when I’ve searched for a book on a particular subject and it just wasn’t there. I actually have a running list of children’s books that should be written to help address some of life’s most delicate events.
Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four, by Maria Ashworth, helps to cross one of those off my list. You guys, this book is adorable! It is an easy read picture book about a girl whose mom is getting remarried and who is getting four stepbrothers. It’s rhythm follows a Dr. Seuss format and the words, pictures and colors are engaging. I would recommend this for the age range of 3-7 years old.
At the start of the story, this little girl isn’t very happy about her new siblings and wants to stake her ground and clear boundaries. By the end she sees the benefit that having siblings can bring and the book highlights the relationships she has with each brother.
This book is a great way to start or compliment conversations with your kids about fears or worries they may be having about your remarriage or new siblings. As with any major event, your kids will be looking to you for clues on how to act and respond. Starting open conversations with them and offering positive stories is a great way to help them transition through big changes.