No matter your size, shape, or pedigree–if you love each other, you are a family! Moms, dads, sisters, brothers – and even Great Aunt Sue – appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love. From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1–Imagine a house with many rooms, whose walls each have a different color or wallpaper, accenting a family portrait hanging there. On a rustic wooden wall hangs the first portrait–a large family of ducks posing beside a still pond. The next spread shows three pandas in pink vests, much like the pink oriental wallpaper behind them. Each portrait features a gently rhyming line: Some children live with their grandparents…/and some live with an aunt./Some children have many pets…/and some just have a plant. All of these appealing images demonstrate different ways of being a family. Some children live with their father./ Some children have two mothers./Some children are adopted./Some have stepsisters and–brothers. The cartoon-style critters contrast pleasantly with more realistic elements–a bamboo plant, a slender ceramic dog, a fat ceramic cat. Families of hippos, tigers, lions, ostriches, and whales join the other family groups in the final spread. The loud-and-clear message is that if you love each other, then you are a family. And imagine the many children who will be reassured because they have found a portrait of a family they will recognize as their own. A solid choice for most libraries.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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