Excerpt - Saturday Is Pattyday
Patty packs a basket and off we go. We spread a big blanket on the grass and Patty gives me a peanut butter sandwich and an apple.
"I don't want an apple," I tell Patty. "I want an orange."
"I don't have an orange," Patty says. "If you don't want your apple, you don't have to eat it."
"I want an orange," I say louder.
"I don't have an orange," Patty says again.
"But I want an orange!" I throw my apple down.
"Frankie, there are no oranges," Patty says in her I-mean-it voice.
"I need an orange!" I scream my loudest.
"Stop it, Frankie," Patty says, "or I'll have to take you home."
"I don't want to go home," I yell and I start to cry. Patty puts down her sandwich and sits right next to me. "Frankie, what's the matter?" she asks, softly.
"We're fighting," I wipe my nose on Patty's shirt. "I'm scared. I don't want to get divorced."
Patty puts both arms around me and hugs me tight. "Frankie," she says, "look at me. "I will always, always, always, always be your mom....."
© 1993 Lesléa Newman
Reviews - Saturday Is Pattyday
"The story reads naturally and directly....the situation is just as a young child would perceive it." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An exceptional offering from Lesléa Newman....a wonderful tool to help children identify the often complicated emotions that accompany the trauma of a breakup." --The Family Next Door
"Written with great tenderness." --Bay Area Reporter