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Families Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Rotner, Shelley, Kelly, Sheila M.
ISBN: 0823435709     ISBN-13: 9780823435708
Publisher: Holiday House
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2016
Annotation: Provides a look at all types of families, intending to help young readers understand familial situations different from their own.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Families; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Science | Sociology
Dewey: 306.85
LCCN: 2013032957
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.25" (0.36 lbs) 31 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Shelley Rotner is the award-winning author and photo-illustrator of more than thirty books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sheila M. Kelly is a clinical psychologist who practiced for thirty years in western Massachusetts. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
This book emphasizes the importance of a strong family narrative formed through conversations between family members across generational lines. Illustrating the book with Rotner's always-amiable color photographs of families, some with "one parent" and "others [that] have a grandparent, an aunt, or an uncle living with them," strengthens this emphasis and showcases the diversity of experiences in contemporary family structures.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 March)

PreS-Gr 2—In this cheerful exploration of different families. Rotner and Kelly describe all kinds of familial units: those with only one parent or one child, those in which the parents and children resemble one another, those with members of different races, those with same and opposite sex parents, and those with adopted children. Winsome, clear photographs are accompanied by brief, large-font text. This celebration of differences is further enhanced by the inclusion of women in head scarves, a dad in a wheelchair, and multigenerational groupings. The individuals portrayed take part in a variety of activities—making music, building things, playing outdoors, and gardening—and an upbeat theme of unity runs through the entire book. Only one page presents a difficult aspect of family life, with a subtle reference to divorce: two photos of the same group of children sitting on different porches with each parent are accompanied by text that reads, "The people in a family may not all live in the same place." The book invites conversation with the closing question "What about yours?" Extend the discussion with Mary Hoffman's The Great Big Book of Families (Dial, 2011), which includes homeless families and information on family religious practices and customs. VERDICT A great way to introduce the concept of diversity among families.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Greenwich, CT

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