The Great Big Book of FamiliesBook - 2010
What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow - from a mum and dad or single parent to two mums or two dads, from a mixed-race family to children with different mums and dads, from families with a disabled member to those with a mum or dad in prison.
Mary Hoffman takes a look through children's eyes at the wide varieties of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees - and she concludes that, for most people, their own family is the best one of all! With Ros Asquith's delightful pictures, this book takes a fresh, optimistic look at families of today.
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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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