All Families Are Different

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Is there such a thing as a "normal" family? Is one family better than another? Of course the answer to these questions is no, but children are often led to believe otherwise. Young people need to understand and appreciate that when it comes to families, they are all different!

One of the world's most influential and loved authors of educational children's books, Dr. Sol Gordon has created an uplifting book for young people age four and older who are curious about just what it ...

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Overview

Is there such a thing as a "normal" family? Is one family better than another? Of course the answer to these questions is no, but children are often led to believe otherwise. Young people need to understand and appreciate that when it comes to families, they are all different!

One of the world's most influential and loved authors of educational children's books, Dr. Sol Gordon has created an uplifting book for young people age four and older who are curious about just what it means to be part of a family. Some children, he explains, live with both parents, while others live with one or with step- or foster parents. Nowadays, we also find children being reared by aunts, uncles, or grandparents, as well as same-sex couples. The variety of possibilities is rich in its diversity. Separations, divorce, abuse, neglect, and sibling rivalries are an unfortunate part of life, but, Gordon emphasizes, they are not the child's fault.
While the many illustrations show a variety of family situations to stimulate awareness and acceptance, the text places importance on children knowing they are loved by their family members-whomever they may be-and that no one's family is perfect. But children can play a very special and important role in making their home a happier one: "It's up to you to be the best person you can be and doing well in school will help you to be a better adult, or parent, when you grow up," Gordon says.

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Believing that children often suffer because they fear that their family is not "normal," clinical psychologist, Dr. Sol Gordon, has written this nonfiction picture book to reassure them that there is no such thing as "normal," and that family differences can be understood and even celebrated. Using a brief and somewhat interactive text, the author manages to touch on a wide range of family differences including--ethnicity, economics, lifestyle, sexual orientation, religion and size. Some family problems are also touched on in an upbeat way. The many realistic, black-and-white drawings of a variety of kids interacting with their families, add to the appeal of the book, and save it somewhat from its rather textbook-like feeling. Eleven pages at the end of the book invite readers to draw pictures relating to topics such as their favorite family holiday or the home. 2000, Prometheus Books, Ages 7 to 10, $9.95. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573927659
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 50
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Sol Gordon, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with a special interest in children's education, is the author of Did the Sun Shine Before You Were Born?; Girls Are Girls, and Boys Are Boys; A Better Safe Than Sorry Book, and many other books for childrens and adults. Ages 4 and up.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    A gentle and attractive introduction to diversity

    This beautifully illustrated children's book introduces some simple but important ideas. It's not about the family that a child will one day have; it is about the one from which the child comes. Children don't pick their families; they have to make the best of what they've got. Youngsters from non-normative families may see themselves for the first time in this book. Youngsters with friends from non-normative families may even learn a little sensitivity.

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