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One Hundred Is a Family
     

One Hundred Is a Family

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Benrei Huang (Illustrator)
 

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Counting first from one to ten and then by tens to one hundred, this picture book celebrates the many meanings of family. The people connect in ever-widening circles, creating families of community, heritage, and simple love and friendship.

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Counting first from one to ten and then by tens to one hundred, this picture book celebrates the many meanings of family. The people connect in ever-widening circles, creating families of community, heritage, and simple love and friendship.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The politically correct concept driving this counting book is that families are not just parents and children; in fact, ``every ONE on earth'' can be a family ``caring for the fragile universe.'' Huang's clear watercolors, kid-friendly with their simple lines and happy squat characters, depict families ranging in size from one to ten, and then by tens to one hundred. Nuclear and extended families give way to those linked by community (``Sixty is a family sharing a neighborhood street'') and finally, by concern for the planet. Ryan's first book rates high on jolliness if low on subtlety. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This book presents a multicultural, non-traditional opportunity for young children to explore the evolving roles of family through a counting book. By counting from one to ten, and then tens to one hundred, the colorful, comic-like illustrations depict a more global caring role for individuals as members of a family, and families as members of a world community. Emphasis is placed on the interdependence of human beings within the wonders of nature and the environment. It is a nice beginning for further discussion on multiculturalism. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Beginning with the statement that ``one is a family finding a place to call home,'' the text goes on to count to 10, then by 10s to 100, describing various groups as ``families'': for example, 6 is a family passing bread around, 60 is a family sharing a neighborhood street. The intent seems to be to encourage young readers to feel comfortable and loving with their neighbors and friends, but to call fellow apple pickers a family is to diminish the definition. With all of the literature encouraging children to realize that families come in all shapes-single parents, same-sex parents, mixed races, etc.- this well-meaning book makes the concept a little too broad for the intended age group, who might not yet grasp the idea of a global village. Aside from that, this doesn't work well as a counting book, either. ``10 cheering runners round the bases'' shows 7 people in the bleachers, one runner, a catcher, and a fielder. All in all, this is one warm-hearted effort that flops.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Annie Ayres
"ONE is a family finding a place to call home. / TWO is a family starting a new life of their own. / . . . ONE HUNDRED is a family caring for the fragile universe . . . / and making life better for every ONE on earth." In singsong verse, Ryan uses groups of different kinds of "families" to count from 1 to 10 and then by 10s to 100. Huang's sprightly illustrations reflect Ryan's vision of families as a "patchwork of possibilities." "ONE" is a child sitting on a stoop surrounded by moving boxes. "TWO" is a man dancing with a gurgling baby. "ONE HUNDRED" is a group of children and adults picking up and fixing up a central lot. All are families created and connected by bonds of love, blood, friendship, or community. Comforting in that it presents and embraces a world in which every form of family is welcome, this thematic counting book is an appropriate selection for story-hour programs that focus on both traditional and nontraditional "families" and for patrons' increasingly frequent requests for such material.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606097154
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1996

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