Who's in My Family?: All About Our Families
  • Who's in My Family?: All About Our Families
  • Who's in My Family?: All About Our Families

Who's in My Family?: All About Our Families

by Robie H. Harris, Nadine Bernard Westcott
     
 

Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.

Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus

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Overview

Trusted New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris continues her series for preschoolers with a look at the many kinds of families that make up our world.

Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nellie and Gus, the siblings from 2011’s Who Has What?, are back for a second Let’s Talk About You and Me book, an exploration of the many permutations of family. As the kids visit the zoo and host friends and their parents for dinner, Harris’s upbeat, nonjudgmental prose explains that families can diverge in many ways, including what they eat for breakfast, their physical appearances (“In some families, people’s eyes are different colors or different shapes”), and what constitutes family membership (“Many family have grown-ups and children in them. Some families have only grown-ups”). But the fundamentals still apply: families “love to be together” and care for one another, even in “mad times” and “sad times.” Once again, Harris is encyclopedic without being exhausting; Nellie and Gus’s dialogue, however, rarely resembles normal kidspeak (“I can be your big sister AND your friend,” Nellie tells Gus. “And I am!”). Westcott fills her spreads with idyllic environments and sunny, diverse characters (human and animal), but with less gripping subject matter than its predecessor, this outing is well-intentioned and useful, yet underwhelming. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
The author of the kids' body book, "Who Has What?" returns to explore the meaning of family in her latest book. Our lead family, an interracial unit of four people plus their dog, begin their exploration of neighborhood families with breakfast. The breakfast food choices at the different family tables range from eggs to shrimp dumplings to burritos. A very thorough presentation of different kinds of families and their similarities and differences are presented over the next twenty-four pages. From hair color to skin color to gender, all kinds of families are presented, even including a polar bear family at the zoo. Digitally created illustrations are bright and colorful and chock full of details worth further exploration. Harris presents a fully updated and comprehensive look at modern families in a child friendly format. This book is a worthy purchase for all library and home collections. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This book sets out to reassure children: "Wherever you live, wherever you go, there are all kinds of families." As readers journey to the zoo with Nellie, Gus, and their family, they learn about where people live, what they eat, their habits and hobbies, and how their families are composed, including references to single parents and same-sex couples. The prose is unadorned and economical, but gentle, and perfect for very young children. Digitally created images are bright and welcoming and feature a host of multicultural characters and diverse families. The conversations between Nellie and Gus featured in speech bubbles alongside the illustrations sweetly reinforce the messages in the broader text: "Right, Gus. Don't worry. I can be your big sister and your friend. And I am!" This book should find a place in classroom libraries, guidance offices, and public libraries.—Alison Donnelly, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Harris and Westcott, who previously collaborated on Who Has What? All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies (2011), return with another matter-of-fact and sensitive informational book, this time not about the human body and sexuality, but about human families and relationships. Beginning with cover art introducing an interracial family comprised of a mother, father, daughter, son and pet dog, the book follows the family on an outing to the zoo, where they encounter many different kinds of families. Narrative text and speech balloons introduce diverse family constellations in a celebratory spirit of inclusivity and community. In addition to the outing to the zoo, the family also spends time at home, which includes a get-together with extended family members. The balance between the particular experience of this central cast of characters and the general narrative comments about families is executed well, and the tone remains positive and affirming even as it acknowledges that "sometimes, families have mad times. And sometimes, families have sad times." Throughout, Westcott's cartoonlike illustrations echo and extend the text, making a wide range of families visible and accessible to readers. A welcome addition. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763636319
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Let's Talk about You and Me Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
134,113
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris is the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing! and It’s NOT the Stork!, essential guides for younger children on bodies, babies, families, and health. She lives in New York City.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than a hundred books, including Who Has What? She lives in Massachusetts.

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