cover image When Katie's Parents Separated

When Katie's Parents Separated

Sarah Ferguson, illus. by Ian Cunliffe, Sterling, $7.95 (30p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7395-2

In one of four new additions to the duchess of York's Helping Hand series, Katie can't help feeling bad about her parents' split, even though her mother seems happier and she gets to see her father on weekends. But after expressing her insecurities ("Why can't we all go on vacation together anymore?"), she learns to accept that "[f]amilies come in all shapes and sizes." Ferguson avoids an overly rosy resolution, and many of Katie's emotions will feel familiar to those adjusting to changing family dynamics. Also available: Olivia Says Goodbye to Grandpa, Molly Makes Friends, and Jacob Goes to the Doctor and Sophie Visits the Dentist. Ages 5–7. (Mar.)