Jeannette Franklin Caines

(b. 1937)

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(b. 1937), writer.

The works of Jeannette Franklin Caines are generally concerned with parent-child communication and other social and political issues. Jeannette Caines often presents these topics in the voice of a child. Abby (1973) explores the dynamics of adoption and the complex issues surrounding the expansion of the family, while her second book, Daddy (1977), deals with divorce and the necessity of maintaining healthy relationships between the child and both parents. Chilly Stomach (1986) concerns the difficulties of defining and confronting sexual abuse. Often Caines's books end without a resolution to the problem. This encourages thought and discussion and facilitates effective communication and problem solving between parents and children.

Caines was born in New York in 1937 and has dedicated much of her life to improving the quality of children's and young adult literature. In addition to receiving the National Black Child Development Institute's Certificate of Merit and Appreciation, she has been a member of the Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, the Council for Adoptable Children, and the Negro Business and Professional Women of Nassau County. Her academic concentration in psychology and child development and her professional and entrepreneurial success lend her credibility and effectiveness as an author of children's literature.

Barbara T. Rollock, “Caines, Jeannette Franklin,” in Black Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books, 1988, p. 22.“Caines, Jeannette Franklin,” in Authors of Books for Young People, eds. Martha E. Ward et al., 1990, p. 105.

Maia Angelique Sorrells

Subjects: Literature.

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