The Family Book

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In his typically silly and reassuring style, Parr celebrates the many different types of families in this picture book. Full color.

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

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Overview

In his typically silly and reassuring style, Parr celebrates the many different types of families in this picture book. Full color.

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An all-inclusive look at a diverse array of families, The Family Book is the latest by Todd Parr. The book's simple statements of tolerance and love are accompanied by Parr's equally simple, bright-hued illustrations bordered by a thick black line. Parr runs the gamut of potential familial situations, from families that live far apart to those with "two moms or two dads," conveying the message that no matter what little differences makes each unique, a family's love for each other is what really matters. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As he did in The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book (both Little, Brown, 2002), Parr introduces children to an array of families. Whimsical illustrations featuring neon colors and figures outlined in black show big ones and small ones, and families that look alike and relatives who look just like their pets. The art features both human and animal figures; thus, pigs depict both a family that likes to be clean, and one that likes to be messy. Some families include stepmoms, stepdads, stepsisters, or stepbrothers; some adopt children. Other families have two moms or two dads, while some children have only one parent. Interspersed with the differences among families are the ways they are alike: all like to hug each other, are sad when they lose someone they love, enjoy celebrating special days together, and can help each other to be strong. This concept book celebrating the diversity of family groups is distinguished by its sense of fun.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316070409
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 30,225
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Great book!

    Todd Parr knows what he is doing and does it well! We have several of his books and the themes about loving the earth & loving and undertsanding one another are awesome! We love his books as much as our 3 year old. Even his grandparents enjoy readingt these books to him. We let this book go to daycare one day & the teacher said after reading it that she was going to order it for the classroom & see what else Todd Parr had available. This book does a great job of getting kids, young & old, to understand about diverse families no matter what form they come in. The artwork is always great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    We love this book!

    It is a great way to help children understand and accept the differences between families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Brilliant Book

    The Family Book by Todd Parr is a great book for young children to learn about different types of families. Parr talks about two moms or dads, single parent families and different cultures. This book brings a unity to families of the world because no matter what differences families have from each other, they still share similar ways of love and caring. I read this to 1st graders and they loved the illustrations and it was addressing multi-cultural families.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    I absolutely love Todd Parr's work, both in his books and his videos. No matter what subject he's writing about, or speaking about, behind it all is the universal theme of diversity and acceptance. <BR/><BR/>With THE FAMILY BOOK, children and parents learn that families come in all shapes and sizes. Some families are large, some small. Some all look the same, some look different. Some families have children who are adopted, while some families even have two moms or two dads. Regardless of how your family is made up, all families share some of the same things: they like to hug, they like to celebrate together, and sometimes they're even sad together. <BR/><BR/>What a great way to teach tolerance! The bright, bold illustrations and easy-to-read pages are perfect for both beginning readers and older children, and the story is even better when read aloud with a parent -- or two! <BR/><BR/>This is another keeper for your collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Great for Young Children!

    I really appreciated the way the author dealt with the differences in families and in life. Very sensitive and balanced.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    not happy

    Bought this for my nookcolor. Thought it was. a read-to-me book like most of the other. Todd Parr books.It is not, nor does it change to a horizontal page like most other kid picture books that Ive downloaded. Page six needs to be viewed both pages at once for it to be read correctly. Im very disappointed in this purchase.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    The Family Book

    i thought this was a read to me book. i also wish this had been like most of the kids books that load horizonally because the last 2 pages dont make sence cause you need to see both pages to read the ending correctly ! i think this book needs to be reformatted to be in the horozontal layout. don't recommend purchase for nook color.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    This is a WONDERFUL book!

    I taught preschool and we read this book on the last Friday of every month and completed a project on how or why we love our family. This book is an extraordinary way to show children- and adults! -that everyone can come together to form a family.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    good Adoption Gotcha Day gift

    My daughter has loved The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book since she was a baby. This is a new fav -- it was a great gift from us for her Adoption Gotcha Day. She has decided that the three of us are the bear family :)<BR/><BR/>(FYI: I didn't like the wording in We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families -- not appropriate for us.)

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