Jail. A young boy watches as his father is arrested by police officers and has many emotions and questions.
Title: Tell Me about When Moms and Dads Go to Jail
Author: Judi Goozh and Sue Jeweler
ISBN: 9781785928079 Language: English (US)
Classification: Fiction & Non-fiction
Themes: prison, family, emotions
What’s it about?
This is a step-by-step book of the feelings, emotions, thoughts and questions that a child will probably have if they see a parent arrested and imprisioned. Told through the eyes of a boy he learns about where his father will be going (jail/gaol) and what happens next.
The way in which the text is written is very soothing and natural. Photographs are used in this book, as opposed to illustrations, which I feel is a good fit.
I’m not 100% convinced by the layout.
To me this is a book that I don’t think I would have known where to start to write despite having been a teacher of many children faced with this situation of having a parent in jail. The cover I must admit is not appealing to me as an adult and I don’t see it appealing to a child if they were to see it in the library but a school counsellor could definitely make use of this book as a way to open up communication with a child who may be going through this in their life.
“This is not a happily-ever after everyone is okay book.”
I am and am not a fan of the photographs. On one hand I feel using the photographs is great because this book is about what is happening – this is not a happily-ever after everyone is okay book – this is real life and about consequences for actions. The only reason I am ‘not a fan’ is that to me there lacked consistency between photographs – or perhaps a coherance – it just wasn’t quite spot on, but of course as you know I’m a picky sort of reader! This minor issue though doesn’t retract from the usefullness of the story.
Included in the book, aside from the boy’s story, are guiding notes as well which is why staff would find this one particularly useful. It would be a book I would recommend having a staff PD session around and then making copies available to staff. Outside of schools this book would likewise have a place in community and relationship centres that assist during these events.
Overall, I am pleased to have a resource for this topic because there are very few up-to-date and relevant ones around and despite this being written with a US audience in mind the situation and places included are relevant and relateable.