Families Are Different

Families Are Different

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by Nina Pellegrini

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title of this book, created by a woman with an adopted Korean daughter, telegraphs its message loud and clear. The simple, direct text paired with serviceable if uninspired artwork sketches the story of a family composed of Caucasian parents, their two adopted Korean daughters and their dog. Told in the voice of the younger daughter Nico, the familiar concerns of adopted children and their parents are expressed. Nico's mother reassures her by reminding her that no family is exactly alike. Nico then observes a diverse mix of families including single parent, mixed race, etc. Though occasionally coy--``My mom and dad are really old. You have to count to about thirty to get to their age''--this is a straightforward celebration of ``a special kind of glue called love '' that holds families together. Readers hungry for this type of bibliotherapy will take it to heart. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-- Although Korean-born Nico doesn't like looking different from her adoptive parents, her mother assures her that, indeed, there are all kinds of families, ``glued together with a special kind of glue called love .'' Thus follows some of the many variations of modern-day families, featuring a multiracial mix of both traditional and nontraditional groupings. Single and adoptive parents, grandparent guardians, and steprelatives all receive equal attention. While neither the watercolor illustrations nor the text are particularly inspiring, both convey a clear message of the need for accepting differences among lifestyles and stress that ``family'' is a bond created more by love and concern among its members than by biological relationships. A definite discussion-starter and an acceptable choice for those wishing to address the issue of the changing family group. --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Edition description:
1st ed
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Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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