Review – Melissa Higgins’ The Night Dad Went to Jail, What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail

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Melissa Higgins’ The Night My Daddy Went to Jail, What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail is a children’s book that tells the story of a young bunny nicknamed Sketch.  Sketch is a young boy whose father, whom he loves deeply, is taken to jail and sentenced to six years in prison.  Sketch must deal with the painful reality of witnessing his parent being taken away in handcuffs, dealing with peers mocking his pain and a major change in his family dynamic.  Higgins uses a book full of colorful pictures to explain the steps that a child goes through when their parent has gone through prison.  The book covers most topics (arrests, social workers, bullying, visiting prison, etc.) as honestly as possible while remaining sensitive to the age of the reader.  While using a bunny to remain neutral to race and ethnicity, it also helps the child empathize with a character that they can relate to in the form of fantasy.

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The House I Live In: All the Races and Religions…That’s America to Me

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As the credits rolled at the end of Eugene Jarecki’s powerful documentary, The House I Live In, we hear Frank Sinatra singing the title song, urging for tolerance in the mid-1940’s. Nearly 70 years later, with his documentary detailing the profound impact the war on drugs has had on minority communities, Jarecki is doing the same.

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