Large or small, close or faraway, families take many shapes all over the world. What does your family look like?
Children's LiteratureThis nonfiction book belongs to the “Life around the World” series, which is notable for its presentation of cultures as variations on certain universals. This volume shows a variety of family units, but invites readers to focus on the similarities rather than differences. For example, the array of food and drink on the Israeli table includes recognizable items such as bread and salad as well as unfamiliar items and bottles of Coke labeled with Hebrew script. Like other books in the series, this one challenges expectations. For example, the photograph representing an extended family with live-in grandparents does not show a family from a traditional, less-developed society but rather a modern African-American family living in Florida. The book’s single flaw may be that it over-generalizes in painting a rosy picture of all families. After all, do all families really hug and play together and celebrate birthdays? Books in this series are organized into chapters and contain a table of contents, a glossary, a reference list that includes safe web sites, and an index. They also identify the illustrated countries on inset maps. Although designed for first graders, these brief books can be used in the classroom to introduce the use of reference books. Reviewer: Christina M. Desai
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