Families Are Different

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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
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823408870
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 362,331
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Posted March 25, 2015

    Every family is different and that is ok. Nico, an adopted girl,

    Every family is different and that is ok. Nico, an adopted girl, who at first pays little attention to how she looks different than her parents; but over time she begins to see how her friends look like their parents. This book is a perfect read aloud to introduce my All About Me writing unit. In addition, topics such as adoption, family structure and working through the feelings of looking different are eloquently captured. The message Families Are Different, sends will touch every family no matter the family make-up…because as Pellegrini states: “Families are glued together with a special kind of glue called love.” 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2010

    great book or children

    This book is great for children from families that are less traditional!

    It is also a great book for children from families that are more traditional. It can teach those children about diversity and love as well, which is important and also might help them when they come across a non-traditional family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    Very cute and real story

    I picked up this book for a class assignment and fell in love with it, it is a very cute book about different families, and helps children feel better about their own family.

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