The Family Book

The Family Book

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by Todd Parr

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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.  See more details below


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.

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.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:
Rock Springs, Wyoming
High school diploma

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The Family Book 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
the2ndmom More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the message, very warm and open. Daughter is much too young to understand but loves the artwork.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really appreciated the way the author dealt with the differences in families and in life. Very sensitive and balanced.
Sandy Feltz More than 1 year ago
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.
jollyrogersCP More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great way to help children understand and accept the differences between families.
SVSU_Student_26 More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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!

This is another keeper for your collection!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
All families are unique and that is what makes your family special. That is the message this book is trying to explain to children with its big bold colors and large easy text. With contrasting ideas on opposing pages the book is easy to read and it gets its message out loud and clear. Children with be able to recite the pages within a few readings and will enjoy the illustrations. With breaks throughout the text the author throws in messages about what all families have in common, ideas such as “all families like to celebrate special days together” and they all are sad when they lose a loved one. I enjoyed the message that all families “can help each other be strong.” Todd addresses a wide variety of issues within this book, issues some individuals in our society are still getting a handle on. It’s not a perfect book but it’s a book for the younger child to feel a connection to, to feel that they have a place in society and that they belong. So whether your family is a different color, they look like a pet that you own, they consist of only one parent or they eat the same things, your family is special and you are too.
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B-J_Casanta More than 1 year ago
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.
BrookeNJ More than 1 year ago
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 :)

(FYI: I didn't like the wording in We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families -- not appropriate for us.)