Missing people is difficult and lonely no matter how they have left your life.
When Mia’s parents get divorced, she feels angry and sad about splitting her time between them. She misses doing things with her mom and cat when she is with her dad and misses doing things with her dad and dog when she is with her mom. Her grandfather gives her a notebook, showing her the ones he’s filled, and explains to her that keeping a journal can be a wonderful coping mechanism; it allows you to revisit your feelings and memories as much as you’d like. As Mia writes in her notebook, her anger and sadness dissipate—but don’t disappear entirely—and she learns how to manage both of her new lives. The most moving part of this book is the way Mia’s grandfather introduces her to the joys of keeping a notebook, breaking a stereotype that journaling is a feminine pursuit. While the story focuses on Mia’s parents’ divorce, the text and backmatter make it clear that journaling can help quell negative thoughts no matter the reason. Forza’s illustrations are vibrant, cheery, and filled with detail. It’s easy to see that Mia has a full life at each of her parents’ residences. Mia and her family present White.
A sweet beginner’s guide to keeping calm.(Picture book. 7-10)