Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated

Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated

Becky Birtha Maja Kastelic / Jun 26, 2019

Far Apart Close in Heart Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated Children can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison They may be angry sad lonely or scared Sometimes friends act differently toward them Sometimes the children begin acting dif

  • Title: Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated
  • Author: Becky Birtha Maja Kastelic
  • ISBN: 9780807512753
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Children can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison They may be angry, sad, lonely, or scared Sometimes friends act differently toward them Sometimes the children begin acting differently too In this important book, young readers will learn that even when it feels like nothing can get better again, there are ways they can improve their circumstanceChildren can experience many emotions when a parent is in jail or prison They may be angry, sad, lonely, or scared Sometimes friends act differently toward them Sometimes the children begin acting differently too In this important book, young readers will learn that even when it feels like nothing can get better again, there are ways they can improve their circumstances Sending letters, talking to a trusted grown up about their feelings, and even visiting a parent in jail or prison can help keep a parent close in their hearts Use this title as a helpful tool to start a conversation with any child in this situation and to remind them they are not alone.

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    About "Becky Birtha Maja Kastelic"

      • Becky Birtha Maja Kastelic

        As a writer, I m the author of three books for adults two collections of short stories and a volume of poetry My short stories have been widely anthologized, and some of my writing has appeared in textbooks More recently, I ve written two children s picture books I m also a parent, a Quaker, was an adoption worker for many years, and currently live in Delaware County, PA, just outside Philadelphia I enjoy visiting schools to share about my books.As a reader, I got my first library card at age seven, and I still approach books in much the same way that I did as a kid I go to the library a lot I pick out books on the shelf by the author, or the topic, or yes, often, the cover Usually I skip the jacket copy because I don t want the story spoiled I want to make up my own mind about the book And though I ve read plenty of adult books in my lifetime, I mostly read children s books these days probably because that s also what I m writing these days I m especially interested in books by other African American writers and with African American, black, or biracial kids as characters I read lots of picture books Few things are better than having a bag full of picture books to savor, one a night, before going to sleep.


    513 Comments


    1. One day, we got a new book in the library about a little boy whose dad goes to jail (The Night Dad Went to Jail). A patron saw it in the new stack and laughed. "Why would anyone need this book?" he asked. I wanted to slap him, but since I have to control myself at work, I contented myself by saying, "Some kids do have parents who go to jail, and reading books about it can help them." (I wanted to add, "Just because it's not your life experience doesn't mean it isn't a valid problem," but again, [...]


    2. I don't think this picture book about coping with having an incarcerated parent intends to be heartbreaking, but it is. Direct yet gentle, with a multi-ethnic cast, and unflinching in the emotional realities for young people, 'Far Apart, Close in Heart' is a rare, important book. The illustrations are really lovely, quiet, and masterful. They harken back to a different time, even as the subject is so timely.


    3. A super accessible, super moving look at what kids feel when one of their parents is incarcerated. The illustrations and text provide a wide array of children and their experiences, and talk through many of the feelings and emotions kids might feel. With nearly 3 million children dealing with an incarcerated parent, this is an important and timely book.An author's note including tips for parents/caregivers/teachers/counselors is included. This is an important book for every library's collection. [...]


    4. How sad that a book like this is necessary but when 2.7 million children have a parent incarcerated it is helpful to have a book to start a dialogue. Children reading the book can benefit when they see they are not alone. It is helpful that this book also includes a list of other resources on the topic and a page of tips for adults on helping a child cope with the sensitive situation by suggesting they select one of the characters they most identify with in the book. I don't have firsthand knowl [...]


    5. This is by far the best picture book I've read discussing kids facing their loved one's incarceration. Not only are the characters diverse, but their realities, feelings, and reactions are diverse, showing young readers that their feelings are valid and they are not alone. Endmatter provides resources for caregivers looking for more information, as well as some meaningful tips for how to discuss and care for kids that are going through this difficult process. In my mind a required text for all p [...]


    6. This is comforting and honest. I like how it encourages children to really live their truth and it's even a great tool for parents. My only non-positive critique is that I wish the story contained a scenario in which a child/family sought the help of a professional counselor. In the end "Tips for Adults" section, it very briefly mentions support groups and health care providers, but it isn't mentioned in the story. I will definitely remember this very impressive resource!


    7. While I appreciate that there is a book like this that exists to share with kids who may have a parent who is incarcerated, the writing itself was fairly didactic. Also, as much as I applaud the diversity represented in the children throughout the whole book, I noticed that out of all of them, there was only one white child with a parent in jail, and that child didn't show up until fairly far into the book.


    8. Excellent for use with children who have an incarcerated loved one. The book includes small vignettes of several such characters. They express their confusion, grief, anger, and other emotions in a genuine way. Those who need a vocabulary to describe their experience will benefit from this honest look at being a member of a family divided by incarceration. May also be used to help children empathize with others who are in this situation.


    9. It is difficult to write a picture book about incarceration. Many have tried, most have failed, but this one succeeds. The text isn't heavy or didactic. The illustrations are charming, helping to steer the book from being too heavy. A wide variety of feelings, situations, ethnic groups and family types are showcased.


    10. Children's books on tough topics to talk about are often stilted and low quality. This is a wonderful break from that unfortunate trend. Lovingly illustrated and respectfully written, this book does not mince words but still embraces the whole spectrum of emotions a child may feel when in this situation. Excellent.


    11. Children with parents in jail feel many emotions. Some do not like to talk about it because they are afraid of becoming outcasts and there are some who are ashamed or angry. Author Becky Birtha does a fantastic job at creating a story that describes what children with incarcerated parents go through on a daily basis.


    12. A great book exploring the myriad emotions that children may have with an incarcerated parent. Very diverse cast of characters, including one little one with two mommies. Illustrations are lovely, too. End matter is helpful for adults looking to speak with young ones about a family member who has been incarcerated.


    13. "When your mom or dad goes to jail, you can have all kinds of feelings."A story to help kids deal with the feelings and situations they may encounter after a parent goes to jail. A definite need for my school library. Includes a bibliography and a note for adults on who to help kids in this situation.


    14. I love this book!!! It's a great tool to use when you have to explain to any child about jail or prison. I work with many children who have a family member in one of these sitituations and it's hard to explain. Most of the time they feel like it's their fault.


    15. So few books are written about kids who have parents who are incarcerated. This one can seem a bit preachy at times, but it does a good job covering a wide spread of humanity and the feelings that can go along with having a parent in jail or prison.


    16. Necessary addition to elementary/children's collections. The topic of incarcerated parents is handled deftly with illustrations depicting diverse characters and range of emotions about their mom/dad being in jail or prison.


    17. This book about having a parent in jail might be a good supplement to other books about the subject. While it covered many scenarios and feelings a child might have it never really gave guidelines or strategies for dealing with these feelings. For ages 4 - 9.


    18. Shows the range of situations and emotions children go through while a family member is incarcerated. Doesn't provide any solutions but would be helpful to discuss questions and feelings children have.









    19. This is a book with a "special message", but of the types of books that have a "special message" it is superior.




    20. It was nice to have a diverse representation, but the majority of people in the book who were incarcerated were minorities. Subtle message, but powerful.


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