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Families Are Different by Nina Pellegrini

Families Are Different (1991)

by Nina Pellegrini

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This book teaches the concept; there are so many different types of families but they are held together by love.
Age: 4-6
Source: ECE Pierce College Library
  kavy | May 24, 2014 |
Nina is Korean and her parents are Caucasian. She does not like that she looks different than her parents. Her mother explains that there are many different types of families.
Source: pierce college library
  Sherri.Bottiggi | May 9, 2014 |
I liked this book. I liked the illustrations of all the different types of families because it shows that being different is good. It showed a big family that all looked alike, a daughter and father as a family, and two parents with a biological child and an adopted child. I also liked the plot of the story because it focused on the differences amongst families and that is what makes each family unique. The big idea of this book is to show that all families are different and that is okay. ( )
  lpicke2 | Apr 28, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings about this book because while I don’t feel that it has much to offer in terms of literary richness, it does deal with delicate topic of familial differences in a gentle way. For example, the story is told from the perspective of a young, adopted Korean girl named Nico who notices that her family looks different from her classmates’ families; her parents are much older. “They don’t look like me, either,” Nico says. The story could be relatable to a lot of children in terms of the content of the plot. Nico, the likeable main character, realizes that each of her classmates have different families. The writing of this story is unique in that the author uses a narrative style to write an informational text. The illustrations are well-drawn and they fit with the story, but in my opinion, they aren’t very engaging. The big idea is that all families are different and they are glued together by love. ( )
  kbrash1 | Mar 29, 2014 |
This is a great book to incorporate into the classroom. This book is appropriate for children from kindergarten to the first grade. This story is told by a young girl, so the sentences are short, simple, and easy to understand. This book discusses how families can look different, for example the narrator was a little girl from Korea that was adopted by her American parents. The little girl asked her mom why she didn't look like her parents, and her mom replied that even though families can look different from others, all families are held together by the same "glue". They went on discussing families that have one child living with their grandparents, children with a single mom or a single dad, and children of mixed races. This story is a great representation of how people can be different, and is also great exposure for children to be aware that it's okay that someone's family looks different from theirs.This lead to the central message that even though families can look different, they all are held by the same "glue", meaning that they are held together by love. This book emphasizes acceptance and diversity, making it a great story for young readers. ( )
  BeckieZimmerman | Mar 12, 2014 |
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Hello, my name is Nico. Actually, Nicola, but everyone calls me Nico.
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Kindergarten-Grade 1-- Although Korean-born Nico doesn't like looking different from her adoptive parents, her mother assures her that, indeed, there are all kinds of families, "glued together with a special kind of glue called love ." Thus follows some of the many variations of modern-day families, featuring a multiracial mix of both traditional and nontraditional groupings. Single and adoptive parents, grandparent guardians, and steprelatives all receive equal attention. While neither the watercolor illustrations nor the text are particularly inspiring, both convey a clear message of the need for accepting differences among lifestyles and stress that "family" is a bond created more by love and concern among its members than by biological relationships. A definite discussion-starter and an acceptable choice for those wishing to address the issue of the changing family group. --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RICopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.

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An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.

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