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A Family Is a Family Is a Family Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A classroom of young children are asked to consider what makes families special. The narrator, a student whose head is hanging low, is nervous about answering, because she feels her family is too different from everyone else's. One by one, the students share, in intricate spreads, what makes their families unique. One student says that her mom and dad keep coming home with more children, another declares that both her moms are terrible singers, another mentions that she lives with her grandmother, and "fair's fair" for a child who stays with her mom one week and her father the next. After listening to all the students, the young narrator recalls a time in the park when her foster mother was asked to point out her real children. Her answer: "Oh, I don't have any imaginary children…. All my children are real." In this warm, nondiscriminating narrative, O'Leary removes limiting definitions and labels like "adopted," "fostered," or "divorced" and instead presents a tale that is innocent and wise. Leng's ink and digitally rendered watercolor illustrations are light and airy and complement the text by capturing the thoughts and purity of a child's perspective. The classroom is a beautiful blend of children of different races, genders, and body types. VERDICT Parents, caregivers, and educators will appreciate the message that this story offers for one-on-one sharing and for discussion with small groups. A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.—Brianne Colombo, Pequannock Township Public Library, NJ
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
"Leng's drawings of domestic life are, like O'Leary's writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured." — School Library Journal, starred review
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Talk about diversity. Not only do we find a varied array of family units...we also find characters of all sizes, shapes, and colors!
Very simple text will appeal to y!oung listeners and early readers!
The illustrations are fabulous!
As a former kindergarten teacher, I highly recommend this book for every preschool and early elementary classroom.
O’Leary does not lecture about families here. Rather she shows the wide variety that there are in families and how each of those is based on love. There is no need to be didactic, as every child will see themselves in the pages of this book. It is a wise way to look at families, since each is just as special and marvelous as the one before. The emphasis here is on love itself, the care that is given to children in each of those families no matter their structure.
Leng’s illustrations add so much warmth to this picture book. The illustrations are full of details and invite readers to look closely. Each page zings with energy from the mothers singing under the night sky to the child who lives with both her father and mother, just at different times. There is a playfulness on the pages too, which makes each family come to life.
A strong picture book about diversity and families, this book is filled with warmth and love and not lectures. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
This thoughtful picture book written by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Qin Leng shows us all of the diverse blends of family there are and uses perfect illustrations to show the acceptance factor.
Published by Groundwood Books.
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