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The Family Book Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a cute book. It talks about all types of families in a matter of fact, positive light, including big families, small families, one parent families, same sex parent... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Viv
This is such an awesome book! The pictures are great for kids of all ages. I love reading it to my baby. The message is so beautiful. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Caitlin
I have a childcare and bought this as a birthday present for an adopted child. Her mom really likes it.Published 1 month ago by BC
Bought as a gift for a new family. Love its bright pictures and this author is great !!Published 1 month ago by Judy
Cute book.....being a lesbian couple of an adopted child, it covers both topics in a cute way. Our son is 19 months and responds to the vivid colors throughout the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shannon M. Nylander
What a sweet book to show how much love is in the world and the different places we find love.Published 2 months ago by Popsalopagus
This is such a great book for little ones showing that families can look very different from one another and still be similar in many ways. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HMAC