Home for A While

by Lauren Kerstein

Hardcover, 2021



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Magination Press (2021), Edition: 1, 32 pages


Calvin has lived in many houses that never felt like home, but Maggie, his new foster mother, helps him deal with his emotions when he misbehaves, and still offers hugs.

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LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
There are few books that address the feelings of foster care kids. This book does an admirable job. Calvin is being moved into a new home “for a while”. At first he does not want to be hugged and lets his feelings out in various destructive ways, but Maggie just helps him breathe and work
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through his emotions in a positive way. This book was simply lovely and so are the Illustrations. I also love that the illustrator made this an interracial pair which hasn’t been seen often in books on foster care. I think all those who work in the foster care services would have a copy of this book. To remind themselves of life’s difficulties when they need it, as well as to help children with new placements.
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LibraryThing member jetangen4571
What a wonderful book! The illustrations are sensitive to audience and text. It is appropriate BOTH for fostering adult AND distressed child. In it, the child is working through his feelings of being unwanted by physical acts and the foster parent responds calmly with redirection and positive
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encouragement. I loved it!
I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from American Psychological Association/ Magination Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-2 — 2024)


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Physical description

32 p.; 10 inches


1433831872 / 9781433831874

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