My Stick Family
Helping Children Cope with Divorce
by Natalie June Reilly and Brandi J. Pavese
illustrated by Natalie June Reilly
Billy feels angry, confused and sad. His parents don't live together anymore—they have gotten a divorce. His deepest wish is for all of them—mom, dad and his little brother, Alec—to live together as a family again.
In this tender story, simply and charmingly ilustrated, Billy learns that just because his parents live in separate homes, it doesn't mean that the strength and love of a family has been taken from him.
A tool for parents, educators and therapists, the book sends a comforting message to children of the resilience and constancy of love within the family, even after a marriage ends.
"Exceptional. Inspirational message helps children through
the upheaval of divorce while [showing them] that a happy,
loving family can come in many forms."
— USA Today
*Featured in Arizona Parenting, Rochester Democrat
& Chronicle and Peoria Independent
*Featured on Good Morning Arizona
Natalie June Reilly, a divorced mother raising two young boys, produced a marketing film for a children's charity organization. An active volunteer for the Special Olympics, Cowboys for Kids and the Shelter for Women and Children, she promotes the well-being and care of all children, in addition to her administrative duties with a Fortune 500 company. This compassionate woman and fervent writer resides in Peoria, Arizona.
Brandi J. Pavese graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. She teaches third grade at Coyote Hills Elementary School and resides in Glendale, Arizona.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk Book"
7 x 8, 48 pages/43 color illustrations
LC #2001089075, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-207-5 (pb), $9.95