This title teaches readers that all families are different, and that most families include parents. A family tree shows readers how people in families are related to each other.

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This title teaches readers that all families are different, and that most families include parents. A family tree shows readers how people in families are related to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Defining a family as "a group of people," this title in the Acorn early readers "Families" series describes the adults who care for the children in families. A variety of family structures are introduced with matter of fact statements such as "All families are different." And "All families are special." The colorful, clear pictures include a wide sampling of ethnicities and ages—of both parents and children. The faces reflect love and caring in situations showing a number of settings: indoors and outside. We see families involved together, enjoying many activities encountered in daily life, such as reading together, grocery shopping, walking, celebrating special occasions, and just being with each other. The roles of stepparents and adoptive parents are discussed as well as the facts that some families have two parents while others may have only one or situations when other adults care for the children. As with the other titles in the series, there is a table of contents, a "picture glossary," a brief index, and notes to parents and teachers with ideas for before and after reading strategies to make the book more meaningful. This straight forward material will introduce many different aspects of family life and subtly suggest that all sorts of families are just another part of our shared human experience. Fine for preschool read aloud or older, challenged readers. Rated level H with 145 words, this series also includes: Aunts and Uncles, Brothers and Sisters, Cousins, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Role Models. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432946593
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Families Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Rissman has written over 100 nonfiction books for young readers about science, math, and history.Her favorite letter in the alphabet is R because when you say it out loud you sound like a pirate!
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Table of Contents

What Is a Family? 4

What Are Families Like? 8

Different Parents 10

Family Tree 22

Picture Glossary 23

Index 24

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