Kindergarten-Grade 3-When a teacher asks her students to tell about their families, each child speaks of a different configuration. There are big, small, and extended families. Children live with a mom and dad, grandparents, two same-gender parents, or stepparents. The youngsters mention adoption, divorce, and death of a parent and pets. Then, they discuss the good and bad times that families have together. The tone throughout is upbeat and positive. The bright watercolor illustrations depict smiling, multicultural people living in immaculate middle-class surroundings. This is a good book for introducing nontraditional families to children, but some readers might find the sunny cheerfulness unrealistic. Ann Morris's Families (HarperCollins, 2000) represents a variety of family situations with color photographs of multicultural families and a simple text, but does not include same-gender parents.
Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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"This is a good book for introducing nontraditional families to children."
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Horrible. Try explaining how children come from two moms or two dads. NOT. For. Children. Offensive on so many levels.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Amireault
Great book, really opened up the variety of families for my kids.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books we own. It's great if your family is made up of something other than the traditional mom and dad in the house or for those who have a traditional... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lee Newton
I had read this before with my nephews when they were small and was looking for books on family diversity and bought it automatically only to realize it doesn't include my family. Read morePublished 9 months ago by shaunna l lavery
This book is well put together in showing the different family structures.Published 9 months ago by Susi Key
Very inclusive and detailed about all families types. Helps explain and normalize the different family dynamics for a multitude of home lives.Published 23 months ago by Rosemerry Blankswade
Our family is the "new normal" and this story is huge in letting the kids read about different types of families. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Jayme