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The Great Big Book of Families

by Mary Hoffman, Ros Asquith (Illustrator)

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Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.
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This picture book brings up the topic of family and teaches children that not all families are the same. Growing up in a household, a child would assume that all other families look like theirs, because they have no reason to believe that they are different. I like the book for the message that it sends, as well as the multitude of illustrations and representations in its pages.

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Illustrations: The main reason why I like this book is the way it is illustrated. Families of all different sizes and races are represented, as well as same-sex couples. This book would be beneficial in a kindergarten or young elementary school setting as it’s pictures present the written message without having to know what all of the words mean.
Plot: While it is a picture book and therefore has a minimal plot, the message that it sends is nonetheless important. It is a picture book for children who are beginning to become curious about families and why they seem to be different everywhere they go. It includes families up and down the socioeconomic ladder, families with LGBT parents, and families with varying races and ethnicities as parents.
Language: Each segment of text is brief and simplified, with the occasional challenging term being presented, such as “adoption” (Hoffman 5). While it is backed by the illustrations, the text does well to convey the story’s message in an easily digestible way for young students. ( )
  mtrant1 | Oct 14, 2019 |
I really like that author Mary Hoffman represents many different types of families. I think it is so important for children to learn from a young age that diversity is important, and there isn't just one kind of "perfect family." With that being said, I think Hoffman shifts her focus onto other topics that might be best written about on their own. For example, there is a line that says "and some families can't get jobs at all," which is illustrated by a very unhappy looking family. I think this is counterproductive to this particular book as the whole point is to celebrate differences in family structure, not point out unhappy circumstances. ( )
  reddin1 | Feb 10, 2019 |
This was a great book. I was actually doing some research to find some of the recommended books on different families and this was one of the ones recommended by the human rights campaign. I thought it was really good and a great way to start a conversation about all of our different families and the way that we live and how it isn't always 1 mom 1 dad and 2 kids a boy and a girl. ( )
  s_cat1 | Oct 15, 2018 |
Okay, this book is adorable. I love seeing all of the diversity in it, and the fact that all families, no matter who they're made up of, do a lot of the same things and have a lot of the same feelings. Awesome celebration of all types of families!
  kerribrary | May 10, 2018 |
Summary: This book is simple but easily explains all of the possible family dynamics. It explains them in an easy and lighthearted tone that shows no biases. ( )
  MadisonGriffin | Feb 11, 2018 |
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