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Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite
A little girl is upset about her parents getting a divorce and isn't sure how to deal with her feelings. She has so many questions. Why are they getting a divorce, and is it her fault? She loves her family and wants to draw her family's portrait. She is confused and wonders how she can draw her family if her parents aren’t living together anymore. The story is told from the perspective of the box of crayons. The girl talks to the crayons and they support and help her navigate her feelings about the divorce and give her some perspective on her new family dynamic. A crayon that is broken still colors, and your family is still your family even if you don't live together. Even though all of your family may not live together, they still love you.
Danielle Mazzilli's A Broken Crayon Still Colors deals with the emotions often associated with divorce such as reassurance, encouragement, love, and rejection. The beautiful illustrations were done by Fatmeh Parishani. A Broken Crayon Still Colors takes readers on a heartwarming, child-centered journey through acknowledging the complexities of divorce, and celebrating the joys of blended families. Going through a divorce can be tough on children, and this story is a reminder that they are not alone, their feelings are relevant and should be addressed. A Broken Crayon Still Colors is a great addition to any children's library and gives practical advice for young children who may be going through these family changes.