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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807521752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807521755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This is a good book for introducing nontraditional families to children."

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Fritz on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While the book includes examples of adoption, many may take offense at this book's use of "real parent" for the birth parent. As an adoptive parent of two, I certainly do! No book is going to tell me or my children that, because I didn't birth them, I am not their "real" mom!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on August 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is prefect for an early childhood classroom family unit. The basis of the story is a teacher asking the class about their families. Each page is dedicated to one of the children's responses and many different family situations are included. Two important ones its missing are single mom with no dad in the picture and gay dads. It does however have a single dad where the mom died and lesbian moms. Its a great discussion starter and jumping off point.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KSL on February 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book and like the illustrations by Teresa Flavin's families. This is a book that show ALL kinds of families, and this is a book that the parent should review to see if it works with your family.

The book starts out in a classroom with the teacher announcing she's going to be a grandma. "Everyone is part of a family, would you like to talk about your families?" Families are made all sorts of ways, by adoption, having your grandparents live with you, single parents, two mommies, going to live at your grandparents home, family members how live in other countries, families include your pets, cousins, aunts, uncles and step-parents.

I think the author Morma Simon said it best on the "About this book page": Here's what she said:

" We remain linked to our families and to our family memories, throughout our lives. That's because of the powerful bonds formed in family life.

Kinship plays a significant role in shaping the personality and self-image of every child in a family. The strenghts children develop and successes they experience within their families shape the strenghts and expectations of success they carry with them as they grow up and move out into the world. The family environment influences how children thrive and mature; eventually it influences their ability to form happy families of their own.

We know that nobody lives a perfect life. Family life includes times of tension and hardship as well as times of great joy. It is up to adult family members to create a climate of love, security and optimism that will help children weather stormy times and find life's most positive values and experience.

The typical family picture of fifty years ago has undergone many changes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tribe8 on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a great resource for every family/classroom. This book helps kids understand how we support each other as a family -- through good times and bad. It shows many different families (adoption, single parents, divorce, same-gender parents, multi-generational etc) though not every possible configuration. The characterization of the families isn't perfect -- it annoyed me that the kid with gay moms calls them by their first names ("mommy" and "mama" is more common) -- but there isn't a better book I have found about family diversity. The book also has great suggestions for teachers on how to use it to promote age-appropriate discussions with kids. Here is an actual email I received today from my daughter's first grade teacher, who had requested the book as part of her Mother's Day curriculum: "We read the book today and it was AMAAAAAZING on so many levels. Thank you so much for sending it in, and I would love to offer it for lending to the other classes. Thanks again for the lending of the book, and I will make sure it gets back to you!"
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By Lee Newton on December 4, 2014
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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 family, but would like to educate their children about the other possibilities. This book shows various types of families including a divorced family, one with two moms, a small traditional family, a single-parent household, a child living with grandparents, etc. We have a very atypical family situation. This was a great book to help our kids understand that families come in many varieties and they don't have to feel different because they don't have a traditional style family. And the book does it in such a way as to keep children interested throughout the whole story. It even held the attention of a 3 year old.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on November 15, 2011
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The artwork is decent, the various forms of families mentioned are diverse considering other options I've seen and/or bought, but some pretty major issues! Instead of taking this opportunity to teach kids about language choice, the terms "real" and "not real" are used to describe stand in parents. Really? And while the author addresses just about every possible type of family combination,there is no family formed through adoption, foster children, etc. Pretty unbelievable to me!
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