Review: The Big Move By Latoyoua Topping

Posted January 25, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 3 Comments

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Review: The Big Move By Latoyoua ToppingThe Big Move by Latoyoua Topping
on March 22, 2016
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Family / General, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship, JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
Pages: 24

The book points out a problem that many children will face one day. It focuses on the key importance of talking about feelings, adjusting to changes, and making new friends. A little girl named Amira is forced to move due to her dad's new promotion in the military. Although she's having a hard time with the move, her parents are very supportive in helping her adjust to the new move.

I had the pleasure of reviewing The Big Move by Latoyoua Topping for my third year participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. Be sure to check out the details after this review for ways you can participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day and attend the celebration Thursday, Jan. 25 at 9pm EST.

Adjusting to Big Changes

The Big Move is the story of how Amira adjusts to the news that her family will be moving for her father’s job. Amira shares her feelings and concerns about leaving her friends, school and other familiar things that are important to her behind. She talks to her mom about her sadness and fear she has related to the move. Her parents help her by throwing her a going away party and being there to listen to her talk about her feelings.

Dealing With Big Feelings

A key part of the story is when the party is over, Amira expresses that she feels sad again. It’s an honest feeling that many kids would experience even after having a fun last get-together with their friends. So her parents help her by suggesting ways that she can still communicate with her friends. They also come up with a list of things for her to look forward to after the move.

Great for Family Discussion

The Big Move is a great book for military families who may be facing their first move with their children. It’s also great for any family that is facing a big move where the children will be switching schools and/or losing close contact with the friends they made. Parents can use the book to help their kids feel safe in discussing their feelings about moving. This opens a space where they can honestly discuss their feelings about the loss, sadness and fear they may be experiencing.

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3 responses to “Review: The Big Move By Latoyoua Topping

  1. anelenterprises

    Thank you for participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld 2024! We appreciate your review.

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