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All Kinds of Families: 40th Anniversary Edition
     

All Kinds of Families: 40th Anniversary Edition

by Norma Simon
 

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In a book far ahead of its time, All Kinds of Families celebrated the broad diversity of American families when it was first published in 1976. Now Norma Simon and Sarah S. Brannen have updated this classic for the modern age. Multicultural and multigenerational people demonstrate what being in a family means and how all families offer each other support and love.

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In a book far ahead of its time, All Kinds of Families celebrated the broad diversity of American families when it was first published in 1976. Now Norma Simon and Sarah S. Brannen have updated this classic for the modern age. Multicultural and multigenerational people demonstrate what being in a family means and how all families offer each other support and love.

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"Simon's revised text strives toward inclusiveness in describing diverse family constellations, and Brannen's soft-engaging illustrations augment its efforts." Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2016

"The diversity of family structures in our multiethnic society is warmly and positively conveyed in this picture book, which stresses the supportive nature of the family, whether together or apart. That families are for 'caring…loving…sharing' in good as well as sad times is iterated joyously in flowing text and soft, expressive illustrations—alternating color with black-and-white spreads—of a great variety of family units and experiences." Booklist

"Embracing the full spectrum of families, nuclear, traditional, adoptive, racial, and divorced households are represented in a lucid, contemporary style." School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
In this new, updated version of a forty-year-old book, the author seeks to describe all the kinds of new families in our society today. The text is basically the same as in the original book, with modifications and adjustments made for current conditions. The author addresses the reader directly and often asks simple questions that young children will be able to answer based on their own experiences. The text is minimal and straightforward. Along with the somewhat didactic definitions of different families, the author also gives examples of how families interact when they are together. The illustrations are warm, pleasant, and new; and they will not disappoint those who may be familiar with the original book. The overall message of the book is inclusive, and the book does a good job of trying to describe just about every kind of family that is possible, Not much attention is given to adults with no children, but that is a minor point. Overall, the book reflects society’s new standards for what constitutes a family; and the point of view is positive, upbeat, and caring. Reading this book is an excellent way for parents to introduce their young children to the world around them. Reviewer: Leona Illig; Ages 4 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-02-17
An updated version of a family-diversity book from the 1970s. Simon's revised text strives toward inclusiveness in describing diverse family constellations, and Brannen's soft, engaging illustrations augment its efforts. Single parents, same-sex parents, multiracial families, and families of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are included. And yet while stepfamilies are mentioned, divorce isn't, and the text is both choppy and redundant as it suggests who might be in a family. For example, one passage reads: "Do you have any stepsisters or stepbrothers? You can be a stepbrother or a stepsister to other people in your family. Did you know that?" And although the text acknowledges family rifts with a line about not getting together frequently ("maybe it's because the family argues with one another"), a general idealization of family negates the experiences of the most vulnerable children. The lines "From when you were a baby to when you're a kid, and from when you're a grown-up and for as long as you live, YOU are always part of your family" exclude children who are adopted at older ages or who are among the 400,000-plus American children without permanent homes. Adoption itself is acknowledged as a way a family grows, but birth families are excluded from consideration. Many, but not all, kinds of families. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807502860
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
05/01/2016
Edition description:
Anniversary
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
475,649
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author


Norma Simon is the beloved author of dozens of books for children including Fire Fighters; All Kinds of Friends; and Nobody's Perfect, Not Even My Mother.

Sarah S. Brannen is the author-illustrator of Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, and Uncle Bobby's Wedding. She lives in Massachusetts.

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