PreSchool-Grade 3—Hoberman has tackled the elusive question of what makes a family a family in this sometimes silly, sometimes serious book of rhymes. She likens families to numerous items that share a relationship and are inherently the same. Her refrain says it all, "Bottle caps, gingersnaps, buttons, or rings/You can make families from all sorts of things!" Other families include tools, balloons, thimbles, and marbles, but the verses make it clear that human families are much more than a conglomeration of like, easily categorized, things; they share a human history and the promise of many more families to come. No matter what, making a family is about seeing the likenesses, not the differences. Boutavant provides colorful illustrations that vary from page to page, but as a group, complement the rhymes. Pair this with Jusin Richardson and Peter Parnell's And Tango Makes Three (S & S, 2005), Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan (HarperCollins, 2002); Nancy Coffelt's Fred Stays with Me! (Little, Brown, 2007), and Remy Charlip's A Perfect Day (HarperCollins, 2007) to introduce the idea that, indeed, there are all kinds of families.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series.
Marc Boutavant has created picture books in English, French, and Japanese. He also does editorial illustration and comics. Mr. Boutavant lives in Paris.
Beautifully Illustrated and a fun read. My daughter loves the pictures and prose and it's not so long that you can read it without dreading how long you'll have to commit to it.Published 8 months ago by manny
One of our favorite books, we often get it as a gift also.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
While I love the message of teaching kids about different types of families, I agree with an earlier reviewer who said that this book is odd because it seems to be more about set... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Corbett
I bought this book for my little girl. We both LOVE reading it and we both LOVE the illustation. It is so cute! All the pages are filled with happy pictures. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Toni Kelly
I purchased this book for my daughter because she kept checking it out at the school library. She loves to read it, as well as look at the pictures. It is an adorable book!Published on April 5, 2013 by Christina Rhyne
i thought this was an adorable concept for a book. the illustrations are fun but the writing could be a little better. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Mommy of 2 (BOYS!)
I love this book for so many reasons. I love the sweetness of the sentiments. I love the simple meanings with the complexities. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by plexipixie