Love Is a Family


An enchanting, gorgeously illustrated story that shows children that family should not be defined by the equation of mother, father, and child...but by love. Roma's story reinforces the belief that all kinds of families are special: "There are as many ways for families to show love as there are different kinds of families."
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An enchanting, gorgeously illustrated story that shows children that family should not be defined by the equation of mother, father, and child...but by love. Roma's story reinforces the belief that all kinds of families are special: "There are as many ways for families to show love as there are different kinds of families."
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Roma Downey, the star of TV's Touched by an Angel, wants to open the hearts and minds of young readers. Using a positive message and a charming story, the talented actress and mother explores the definition of family and the meaning of love in this heartwarming story.

Young Lily wants a real family, one that's full of brothers, sisters, two parents, and a wonderfully chaotic house. But with no siblings and only her mom at home in a quiet house, Lily is sure she'll be laughed straight out of her school's Family Fun Night. But upon arrival, she soon realizes that families come in all sorts of packages. From the grandparents that raise Josh and Tony to the widowed father who raises young Remi on his own. Lily's mom recalls that her own mother died when she was very young, and her father raised her. Lily finally realizes that what makes a family is love.

Downey tells an important story that's true to the times. Embracing the many faces of "family values," she embraces all types of family units. Downey uses a number of words in bold type to signify key points in the story, which will prove helpful to young readers. Illustrations are filled with warm colors and plenty of detail, inviting youngsters to read the tale again and again. Touched by an Angel fans will also smile at the resemblance between Downey's and Lily's mom. Luscious illustrations and a heartfelt message make this warm tale a great pick for any family. (Amy Barkat)

Children's Literature
Lily and her mama live alone, but Lily wants a real family, like Melissa. Melissa's house is never neat and never quiet. Melissa has a mother and a father and brothers and sisters. Lily is afraid that when she goes to Family Fun Night with her mama they will be the strangest family there. Lily's mama tries to explain that love is what makes a family, not the people in the family, but Lily remains unconvinced¾until they go to Family Fun Night. When Lily and her mama arrive there are already plenty of families there. Some are like Melissa's family with a mother, father, sisters and brothers. But Remi's family is just Remi and her dad. And there are families with adopted children, and families with different colored skin, and families that are grandparents and grandchildren. Lily finally realizes that it is love that makes a family and not two parents and children. Richly illustrated with full-page color pictures, this book teaches an important lesson for all children. 2001, Derry-Air, $16.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It is time for Family Fun Night at school and Lily, who lives with her single mother, wishes she could go with a "real" family. Her mother tells her, "-most of the time our little family feels just right to me. Love is what makes a family, and we've got plenty of that." The child's fears about feeling uncomfortable at the event turn out to be unfounded. Lily and her mom meet a girl whose mother has died, leaving her alone with her dad; an adopted child; two brothers who live with their grandparents; stepfamilies; and half brothers and half sisters. The paintings have childlike perspectives and are effective in showing the young protagonist standing alone in her ordered, quiet home in contrast to the busy activity of the large, noisy household next door. The book sensitively addresses the issue of being different and finding common values in diversity. Children in nontraditional families might feel reassured by having their situation affirmed, but the message overpowers the thin story line.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060988562
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1975

Meet the Author

Roma Downey was born in Derry City in war-torn Northern Ireland, and she lost her mother when she was very young — a devastating experience that in part inspired her to write about single-parent families. Downey is now the star of the hit television show Touched by an Angel. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her daughter, Reilly.

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