A little girl’s life is completely changed when her mom breaks the news she’s getting remarried to a man with children. The girl soon realizes she is getting much more than she has bargained for when step brothers one, two, three, and four come into her life. She worries her mom’s attention will no longer only be on her. Once she takes the time to get to know her new step-brothers, she realizes there are more advantages to her blended family than she had anticipated. By the end of the story, she has accepted everyone in her new family with open arms. Perhaps not all steps are so bad?
I ordered this adorable picture book from Amazon, not sure what to expect when I first received it in the mail. Quickly taken in by the bold, colorful illustrations, and entertained by the charming story. Maria managed to tackle a serious topic in a fun, whimsical way.
Step One, Step Two, Step Three, and Four was nominated as a finalist in the picture book category for the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals Contest.
I highly recommend this book for anyone with younger children thinking about blending two families. I truly wish I knew about it when my husband and I were married. A fabulous tool for parents, with colorful illustrations, fun rhymes, and a heartwarming story.
Trish Eklund is taking a nontraditional approach to parenting children after divorce and remarriage. Raising her two daughters of thirteen and sixteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife, they consult one another on all parenting decisions. Trish is the owner and creator of Family Fusion Community, an online community for blended families of all types. Trish is featured on Huffington Post Divorce. Trish is also the creator of Abandoned, Forgotten, & Decayed, a photographic adventure in the abandoned and forgotten. Her abandoned photography has been featured on Only in Your State. She is a regular feature writer on Her View From Home, a lifestyle magazine that connects your view to the rest of the world. Trish Eklund has an essay, Happy Endings, in the anthology, Hey, Who’s In My House? Stepkids Speak Out by Erin Mantz. The first book telling the story of blended family life solely from the perspective of the step-kids. Follow her on Twitter: @trishiewriter, Pinterest, and Instagram.