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PreSchool-Grade 2-As he did in The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book (both Little, Brown, 2002), Parr introduces children to an array of families. Whimsical illustrations featuring neon colors and figures outlined in black show big ones and small ones, and families that look alike and relatives who look just like their pets. The art features both human and animal figures; thus, pigs depict both a family that likes to be clean, and one that likes to be messy. Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent. Interspersed with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong. This concept book celebrating the diversity of family groups is distinguished by its sense of fun.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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There are lots of different ways to be a family. Your family is special no matter what kind it is. Love, Todd
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 390 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316070408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316070409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book and all of the other Todd Parr books that I have bought for my son. As the gay dad of a son who has both a dady and a papa, I am very happy to see that books like this exist. And I am saddened by the reviewer who does not recommend this book because they don't want to have to explain gay parenting to a two year old "before they have to explain sex." Why in the world whoud you have to explain either to a preschool aged child!?!? Children at that age take reality at face value--as reality. I tell my son that there are families with one parent, a mom or dad, two parents (explaining that most kids do not have two mommies or daddies--because that is indeed the reality of the world) and that some kids are raised by their grandparents or an aunt or another relative. These ARE the realities of the world and just because you don't "agree" with something that already exists or just because some families are in the minority doesn't seem a justification for denying reality to your kids. Again, I applaud Todd Parr for the books he writes and the parents who read them to their children.
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The fact is that different families exist.We need to teach our children that is okay that there are many different families and no one family is better than another. So many kids are taught from such an earlier age to judge. I think books like this one do a good job of teaching that not everyone has to be part of a cookie cutter life. If everyone would just accept those around them instead of finding the difference or the fault the world would be a more peaceful place to live.
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Todd Parr is an absolute gem! He knows so well how to create fun and appealing books for children that promote self-acceptance and an appreciation of the diversity of modern society. In The Family Book, Todd shows us how families can be different from each other in some ways, but how all families are similar as well. "Some families are the same color/ Some families are different colors....All families like to HUG each other!" "Some families have two moms or two dads/ Some families have one parent instead of two....All families like to celebrate special days together!"
I highly recommend this book for all families, schools and communities that are trying to prepare children to understand, appreciate and embrace the differences that they will encounter in their lives. In particular, biracial, adoptive and alternative families will find this book a very special addition to their home libraries. Thank you, Todd Parr, for sending a message of love to the world in your books!
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This book was a gift to my daughter and I from my stepsister, as much as a testament to her acceptance of me as her sister, as her acceptance of my daughter, who was adopted, as her niece. She couldn't have given us a better gift.

But I have to be completely honest and say that, had I come across this book in the store, I would not have bought it. In fact the first time I read it to my daughter, I wanted to skim past the "some families have two moms or two dads" page.

I know my saying that might be hurtful for some, and I am truly, truly sorry.

Well, I didn't skim past that page. I read it to my daughter. Again, and again, and again because guess what: this is her favorite book. And though she's 18 mos old, she understands what is going on. She loves to wipe her hand across the "Some families like to be clean" page and she turns to hug me on the "All families like to hug" page. She places her finger to her mouth to shush when I say, "Some families like to be quiet." I didn't teach her to do these things as we read along; this book just really engages her. Some day she'll look at me quizzically and ask how it is that some people have two moms or two dads, and I'm going to tell her why: they just do. Like the other reviewer, I will admit that I had no intention of introducing my daughter to homosexuality at such a young age. Because, I was thinking about the sexuality part, not the love part. And the more I read this book to to her over and over and over, I am learning that when she has friends who have same gender parents, that is what I want her to focus on, the love part, because that's what she thinks about when she sees her own mommy and daddy, nothing else. We became a family without any of that.
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This is an AWESOME book for all kids. It has great colors and gives a very affirming message about family love. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the negative review. Chances are your kids will run into a same-sex family sooner rather than later. You don't have to explain sex any more than you have to explain divorce or premarital sex or death when they are introduced to a single parent family. The truth is that families come in all shapes, sizes, colors and permutations and the best family in the world is yours, whoever you are and whatever your family looks like. The same sex parents are just one page of this delightful book and I doubt it will raise questions for any child who isn't old enough and mature enough to learn a bit more about the world they live in anyway. It's OK to teach your child that some people don't go to church or believe in a different religion than us and we still respect and value them even though we think it's important to go to church. In the same way, you can teach them that some people think it's OK to have two mommies or two daddies, even though we disagree. There are so many ways around this topic...

I'm probably writing to a wall, though. Bottom line, if you aren't going to freak out at your children learning there are people who live, act and believe differently than you do, this is a fantastic book. If you are going to freak out -- best to get your pastor to vet any reading or play materials you bring into your home.
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