Dottie Raymer's Staying Home Alone
prepares kids for those times when they
have the house all to themselves.
It emphasizes safety, but the tone is
not didactic. Instead, important
information is made kid-friendly through
engaging graphics and an accessible
format, with lots of sidebars. The
opening chapter, which addresses house
rules and assesses a young person's
readiness for this new responsibility,
is especially helpful.
Additionally, there are chapters on
dealing with siblings, handling tricky
situations, and knowing who to call for
specific emergencies. Lauren
Scheuer's cartoon illustrations reflect
the target audience, which are
middle-school girls, but boys, too, will
find this an valuable guide.
Author: Dottie Raymer