Today's children experience many different types of families in their own as well as in their friends' lives. This exuberant collection includes more than 150 poems from some of today's best poets to reflect the enormous diversity of modern family life. Poems about individual family members are deftly interwoven with themes of belonging and togetherness, family feuds, shared memories, play, loss, and love. Holly Swain's delightful illustrations add sparkle and charm throughout. Bubbling with attitude and affection, this is a true celebration of families everywhere and a perfect collection to share.
About the Author
Belinda Hollyer was born in New Zealand and has also lived and worked in Australia and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, a librarian, and a publisher. Now a full-time writer, she has written and compiled a number of books for adults and children, including She's All That! Poems About Girls and the award-winning Kingfisher Book of Family Poems.
Holly Swain's distinctive style of illustration can be seen in Pedro the Brave and Alberto the Dancing Alligator?
Read an Excerpt
She calls me tofu because I am so soft easily falling apart.
I wish I were tough and full of fire, like ginger–
JANET S. WONG
ASK MUMMY ASK DADDY
When I ask Daddy
Daddy says ask Mummy
When I ask Mummy
Mummy says ask Daddy.
I don't know where to go.
Better ask my teddy he never says no.