The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

Book - 2011
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Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011
ISBN: 9780803735163
Branch Call Number: Picture Book Hoffman
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Asquith, Ros
Alternative Title: Big book of families


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Some families are large, with lots of children, or with grandparents, aunts and uncles living in the same house. Some families have as few as two people. Some families are stepfamilies. In some families, some or all of the children have been adopted. Some families have pets; some don’t. Some families travel a lot, and others never travel. Some families have traveled from far away to make new homes in other countries. Some families live in houses, others in apartments.
Some families are rich. Some are poor.
Some families read together. Others share sports activities. Some do both.
In some families, everyone shares their feelings, while in others, people tend to keep their feelings to themselves.
Mary Hoffman’s large, colourful book is a celebration of all types and sorts of families and their lives together – just in time for Family Day on Monday February 20. Told with sensitivity and humour, the illustrations of artist Ros Asquith enable this inclusive book to capture the diversity and the similarities of families around the world, and concludes that there is no one “right” way to be a family.
For added interest, a quirky yellow cat is hidden somewhere on each spread for children to find.
This would be a wonderful book for parents and grandparents to share with young children, especially as Family Day on February 20 approaches.


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