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All Kinds of Families! Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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About the Author
Marc Boutavant has created picture books in English, French, and Japanese. He also does editorial illustration and comics. Mr. Boutavant lives in Paris.
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I had this in mind for a child I know who has a rather complicated family situation, even though it's definitely not a book that explicitly states "divorced/blended/lesbian/step/adopted families are families too!" (although that is implied, of course).
The emphasis seems to be two part: (1) You are part of a family and a legacy and a future by dint of your existence, and (2) any conglomeration of items, objects or people can be a family should you choose to make it so. (Hmmm...I wonder if this book would make more sense to children than it would to adults with a didactic agenda in mind?)
The illustrations are interesting, which is not to say that they are either good or bad. They're sort of in that "Japanese kawaii" cutesy style, and they're so tangerine-colored and googly-eyed, if you know what I mean, that they can be a little distracting, but then again, there's a lot of wit to be found in the details, so a deeper look can be worthwhile.
Long story short, I'm glad that I checked this out from the library before buying on the basis of Hoberman's "brand name" alone, and I think I'm going to sit with it, so to speak, for a while before deciding if it's really something worth paying for.
I have friends who love this book, friends whose kids love this book--I wish I could say the same, and I feel sad for the kids/families who love this book because the book is reinforcing the sad idea that happy, real families all look the same and are all white. Sad and disappointing.
Where were the editor, the art director, and the graphic designer on this??? Why didn't they notice? If they did notice, why didn't they care?????
I think it is important to mention that my only hesitation buying this book online was i was a tiny bit worried it might try to touch on complicated family styles. While i do think there is a great lesson of love for everyone in this, i really hoped it wasn't the agenda of this book. It's not. It talks about human families in a very sensitive and open ended manner, with the general meaning that family is what you make it to be. It really is a book for all views. This book would make a fantastic gift.
I started reading this book to my one year old daughter and she sat enraptured listening to the sing-songiness of the words. Now at almost two, she asks questions about what I read or the drawings on the page. She'll even shout out "teapot!" or "bubble" or whatever item she recognizes. We even play a sort of hidden object game. "Do you see the spoon?" "Yes!" "Where is the sheep?" *point* "Do you see Elmo?" "noooooo..." she'll say with a smile.
I know my daughter will enjoy this book for years and will learn more and find more every time we read it.
Thank you, Mary Ann Hoberman and Marc Boutavant!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 months ago by manny
One of our favorite books, we often get it as a gift also.Published 21 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 on March 29, 2014 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