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Families Are Different (1991)

by Nina Pellegrini

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An adopted Korean girl discovers that her classmates have different types of families.
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It's so funny to read reviews that say this book does not include same-sex parents (true, it doesn't in the text) and then read reviews that say this book *does* include same-sex parents. I think it's because one of the illustrations has parents who look like they could be lesbians -- but it's subjective. The pages aren't numbered, but it's the "big" blonde family ("They all look alike, even their dog, Sparky.")

My daughter was recently watching Daniel Tiger and commented that Miss Elaina's mom doesn't look like her, so how can she be her mom? Hoo boy, time to bust out more books about family diversity! This is from 1991, so not the most appealing choice, but I think it does its job well enough. It's part of the "Diversity" book kit you can order from my library. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
An adopted Korean girl discovers that all families are different.
  BLTSbraille | Nov 1, 2021 |
No gay families included.
  uucmp | Aug 16, 2021 |
Nico doesn't look like her mom and dad and she discovers that there are many families who are not all like other families.
  CECC9 | Jun 19, 2018 |
This book is about adoption. The mom in the story tells the girl that everybody comes from a different family. some parents are divorced, some are glued together with a special kind of glue. This is called love.
  curtissbrenda | Mar 7, 2018 |
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To William Accorsi -- Thank you!
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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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