Kamryn's Royal Blended Family

Children - Grade K-3rd
39 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2019
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Blended Freedom Writers was created when we realized how much our very own stories could make a difference in the lives of others. We wanted to share our journey of becoming a blended family since it can be so complex and misunderstood. Blended Freedom Writers also hopes to inspire those whom may be going through the same issues but do not have anyone positive to turn to for honest advice. The ultimate goal of Blended Freedom Writers is to inspire through sharing all our unique stories with you!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Ten-year-old Kamryn lives with his mom, step dad, his two little brothers, and his step sister. Kamryn is a little upset. Both his parents have remarried and he loves both his step mom and step dad. He officially has two moms and two dads and so he has to please another dad and another mom, apart from the ones he already has. Kamryn finds it overwhelming and he is sure that his friends will all laugh when they see him walking in with two sets of parents. His mother, Nicole, tells him his blended family is unique and comforts him by saying he is a prince and has two kingdoms to live in.

Kamryn’s Royal Blended Family by Kammie Elston and Cassandra Britt tackles the topic of parents getting divorced and remarried, and children going through the process of adjusting with their new set of parents. The authors handle the topic in a unique and interesting way, making it entertaining for young readers. The illustrations are charming and they give life to the characters and the story. I like the way the authors have coined the term 'blended family,' giving it a good and positive vibe which will make kids feel as if they are royalty. Often children from divorced families, having both their parents remarried, find it overwhelming adjusting to two sets of parents. Reading this story will remove all such doubts. The book will also help parents focus on the most important thing, that of loving the child.

Jack Magnus

Kamryn's Royal Blended Family is a social issues story book for children, grades k-3, written by Cassandra Britt and Kammie Elston, and illustrated by Efe Peters. Sometimes, Kamryn’s family situation made him feel a bit overwhelmed. Both his mom and dad were remarried recently, so now Kamryn had two moms and two dads. It was hard enough trying to please two parents, but four? He wished he could be like most of the other kids in school, with just the one mom and dad, and he dreaded the thought that at parent-teacher day everyone would laugh at his extended parental group. Kamryn’s mom came in and wondered if he was ready to go to his dad’s home. Kamryn knew he didn’t sound too enthusiastic in answering her, but he didn’t really feel enthusiastic -- just overwhelmed. His mom could tell right away that something was wrong, and she sat there hoping he would share it with her.

Kamryn's Royal Blended Family addresses the stresses and concerns kids may feel when their divorced parents remarry. While some issues can be talked about, especially those dealing with a child not wanting to feel different than his peers, other issues have solutions within a parent’s grasp. In this story, Kamryn has noted the tensions between his mom and his step-mom, and he brings that to his mom’s attention. Britt and Elston’s book is well written, and the “royal blended family” concept is a brilliant way to help kids feel their way through a new and unfamiliar family situation. Making sure that adults resolve their issues and present a harmonious and supportive structure can make all the difference, as indeed it does for Kamryn. Efe Peters’ illustrations fit the story line perfectly and make Kamryn seem like the real boy that he is. Parents and Caregivers should note the two sets of Discussion Questions at the back of the book. The set for children is a great follow-up for after story-time. Kamryn's Royal Blended Family is most highly recommended.