Making a Family Move Easier on the Kids – Elena’s Big Move – Book Review

16 Nov

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I was a military brat growing up.  We moved around – a lot.  And it didn’t really matter how often we did it, every time I came home to find mom packing I would start to get upset.  I mean, GEEZ!  I’d just made a bunch of great friends.  I’d just found out where all the cool spots around town were.  I was just starting to feel like I belonged.

As an adult who grew up as a modern day nomad, it is easy to forget how scary that move can be for little kids.  I mean, I’m an old hat at moving now.  Sometimes I even relish the adventure and excitement that change can bring.  But I can still remember the squeezing panic in my gut when I was a kid and it was time to start all over again in a new place.

Sarah Olivieri writes a pretty story about a little girl’s move from Puerto Rico to Indiana.  This is not every kids typical move story, but the feelings are the same – missing our favorite hangouts, losing friends, starting a new school.  It can all be overwhelming.  The book is full of encouragement and sweetness, the illustrations are bright, cheery, and colorful.  It is a perfect book for a move with relatively few complications.  There are even some tips in the back section for kids, parents, and teachers to help ease the transition of moving.

The reality is that moving is tough.  And sometimes things can go wrong – favorite toys get lost or left behind, pen pals don’t write back, you meet a bully at your new school.  But, excitement and change can be a good thing too.  New places to visit, new opportunities, new people.  Our lives are constantly changing and Elena’s Big Move helps young kids focus on the positive side of moving.

*Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists sent me a copy of this book to review.

Product Description

Elena loves her home in Puerto Rico, but she just found out she will be moving to a strange, new place she’s never seen before-Indiana.  She’s worried that nothing will be the same again, so she takes pictures of her friends and favorite places and creates an album to remember them by.  When she finally moves, she finds that Indiana is very different than her old home, but she soon discovers that new places can be just as interesting as old ones.  With the help of her new friends, Elena starts another album to record memories from the many new places she will soon discover.

About the Author

Sarah M. Olivieri was born in San José, Puerto Rico and has a B.A. in elementary education from Purdue University Calumet. She currently teaches second grade and is a youth leader for the First Christian Church. She lives in Indiana with her husband, José and their three children.

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