Parents' Guide to

In the Blue

By Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Touching story uses colors to explore a dad's depression.

In the Blue Cover

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Helps to Understand Mental Health

I think the use of color helps to make the book's theme more accessible through the use of color. The seriousness of the topic is one that families will want to be prepared to talk about after reading. Great support resource for families who are struggling and need help to explain to their kids. It also helps to learn compassion for the struggles of others.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This powerful, eye-opening picture book is an emotional and realistic view of life with a parent who struggles with mental illness, seen from the child's perspective. Author Erin Hourigan's experience with her father inspired the story.

In the Blue shows that adults don't have to shy away from discussing scary and overwhelming topics with young children. They can do so in an age-appropriate way.

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