Reviews on B at Home

“In this delightful book you have the solution for how to translate what we, as adults, know about the TCK experience, into language and concepts that children who grow up globally can relate to. This book offers clear strategies for parents, educators, others who work with TCKs, and the TCKs themselves, on practical ways to translate theory into practices to help children navigate the chronic cycles of separation inherent in a TCK’s childhood.”

Ruth E. Van Reken, Co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Co-founder, Families in Global Transition, www.FIGT.org

“Beautifully written with wonderful things that children can relate to, I can see B at Home: Emma Moves Again being used in families by parents who care about their upcoming move. Local and international schools will love it because their students deal with transitions and more and more are becoming TCKs. Adults who work with families in global transition will find this wonderful book by Valérie Besanceney added to their ‘go to shelf’.  Little tidbits such as ‘… home will never ever be one place. It will be constantly moving. Like the waves, like the beads in the kaleidoscope’ has made B at Home: Emma Moves Again one of my favorite books. 

Many people think fondly of Winnie-the-Pooh, and one of my favorite quotes by A.A. Milne, is ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard’. Pooh and B have a lot in common. They both support the child that loves them. B, the bear, is a wiser and more experienced voice of reason that helps children as they work through the issues that happen when parents take on a global lifestyle. Besanceney’s bear is even more powerful for the expat community.

Julia Simens, Author, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family 

“This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone moving with young children. The concepts are very salient within the TCK/ expat culture, including the ambivalence of leaving one place and moving to another, along with being okay with enjoying one’s new environment. Valérie Besanceney captures the experience, and the wisdom exhibited through the teddy bear makes it much more poignant. This is a book that will help children and their parents (and stuffed animals!) with any transition or move.”

Dr Lisa Pittman, Co-Author, Expat Teens Talk 

“This is a ‘must read’ for parents and young children on the move. It addresses emotions related to change and transition in the face of an international relocation. Having experienced eight international moves with our growing family, we have seen, felt and been through the uncertainties, fear, and excitement of impending change. I wish B at Home: Emma Moves Again had been available to read to and share with my children when they were younger. 

Valérie Besanceney has provided us with an easy to read, informative, supportive, practical ‘how to guide’ through her enjoyable story as shared with the fun, thoughtful and real characters of B and Emma. She identifies issues and challenges related to change, including language, new culture, and losing one’s sense of belonging. And offers practical strategies to help children take their precious memories of one country and the life they have lived in it, while transitioning to the next. Valérie’s book is real, relatable and enjoyable. It would be a great tool for classroom teachers of young children, especially those in international schools with high student population turnovers.

I am already looking forward to the changing adventures of Emma’s life and hope Valérie writes the sequel sharing what happens during the teenage years of Emma’s transient life.”

Diana Smit, Co-author, Expat Teens Talk

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