Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems

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Families of all kinds are celebrated in this collection of witty and wise poems, with verses about the only child, brothers, uncles, adopted babies, and others. Makes an ideal read-aloud for families to share. Full-color illustrations.

Humorous and serious poems celebrate every kind of family member, including aunts and uncles, step-brothers and sisters, cousins, and even cats!

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Overview

Families of all kinds are celebrated in this collection of witty and wise poems, with verses about the only child, brothers, uncles, adopted babies, and others. Makes an ideal read-aloud for families to share. Full-color illustrations.

Humorous and serious poems celebrate every kind of family member, including aunts and uncles, step-brothers and sisters, cousins, and even cats!

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"Thirty wise, witty, neatly constructed poems...Full of insight and lots of fun." -Kirkus

"This humorous collection of poems is a real treasure." -Children's Literature

"The emphasis here is on diverse situations, and young listeners from nuclear, extended, fractured, foster, and adoptive families will all find a place in these poems and pictures" - The Bulletin

"Pleasant poems for and about everyone in the family; verses are happy, bouncy, poignant, and sometimes serious. A multicultural smorgasbord - nicely written and appealingly illustrated." -Horn Book

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Children's Literature
This humorous collection of poems is a real treasure. Adults and kids will enjoy these funny, cheerful, exciting poems about all aspects of families. The author has aptly captured the emotions within families—from a sibling's wanting to sell a younger sister to the kinds of things mothers say. For the elementary classroom setting, these poems are excellent for choral readings since the stanzas are short yet colorfully written. Students would enjoy using this book as an introduction to poetry because it can help them build the basic vocabulary for poetry. The author incorporates homonyms and puns as well. Each poem is illustrated with a colored line drawing. The illustrations skillfully capture the idea of each poem to further the enjoyment of the writing. The size, print, and layout of the book are appropriate for the elementary student. 2001 (orig. 1993), Little Brown, Ages 5 to 10.
— Kaitlin Robb
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
"What is a family / Who is a family? / Either a lot or a few is a family. / But whether there's ten or there's two in your family, / All of your family plus you is a family!" Mary Ann Hoberman's joyous Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, illustrated by Marilyn Hafner, expands our concept of family from the traditional two parents, to multi- or single parents, to adopted kids, step-siblings, multi-grandparents, even only children and baby sitters. The comfortable rhythms and language patterns make these bouncy rhymes so easy to learn, you'll know them in no time and believe that you wrote them yourself (well, perhaps I exaggerate). 1993 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Add a poetic touch to the study of families with Ms. Hoberman's twenty-six poems about fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers. The range is broad from an adopted child to a divorced dad and the amusing illustrations add to the fun. 1993 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316362511
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series.


Marylin Hafner has illustrated hundreds of children's books, including Hanukkah!, Passover Magic, and Purim Play by Roni Schotter .
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