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All Families Are Special (2003)

by Norma Simon

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This books main focus is to teach children about diversity among their families and friends and why it is important to accept people for who they are.
  avianuhhh | Jun 5, 2017 |
this book talks about how all families are different
  AMF98 | Jun 5, 2017 |
All Families Are Special is a story about a teacher who allows her class to one by one share aloud about their family. The students discuss a variety of family structures, interests, living arrangements, celebrations, backgrounds, etc. Each child is able to bring to the plate a unique family. The main message of the book is that all families are special. This book would best be suited for a 2nd grade level reader. In my opinion, I enjoyed this book because of its multicultural perspectives, unique structure, and discussion of large topics for children. The multicultural perspective is evident in the title of the book—All Families Are Special. Within the book, several different family set ups are explained from the students themselves. Some students discuss how they have two mothers, if grandparents live with them, if they are adopted, if they live in a foster home, if they have siblings, if they are twins, etc. In addition, the book is able to convey these multicultural topics through a unique story structure. The book is in essence one continuous conversation between a teacher and her class. Each student takes a moment to share about his or her family to the class after the teacher asks “’Would you like to talk about your families?’” And lastly, the book brings to light other topics that typically are not discussed about multiculturalism—the struggles and burdens of different families. The teacher asks the lass if anything bad has ever happened to them and the class begins to share. One student discusses how their mother lost her job; another child discusses how someone close to them became “seriously” sick. ( )
  NathanielWhiteley | Nov 3, 2016 |
When Mrs. Mack's students find out she's to be a grandmother, they discuss their own situations and discover that no two families are alike.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
Mrs Mack announces to her students that she is going to become a grandmother. This kicks off a discussion of families and the kids talk about who's in their own families. Some have adopted siblings, others have stepsiblings. Some parents are divorced. One boy and his family moved in with his grandmother. A girl has two mommies (although lesbians are not implied; could be the mother's friend living there too). A mother's male friend lives with the family. A couple of interracial relationships depicted.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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This book is for the Storytellers of Wellfleet Elementary School and for Dr. Maggie Mack. We shared and learned so much from each other. -- N.S.
For Pablo. -- T.F.
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Do you know what I found out today?  Mrs. Mack, my teacher, is going to be a grandma!
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When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do! Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family.

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Students in Mrs. Mack's class describe their families--big or small, living together or apart, with two moms or none--and learn why every family is special and important.

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