The image of the family has changed. Who’s in My Family celebrates this diversity with a joyous montage of families. Many different adult/child combinations are here. What they all have in common is love. Good days, bad days, and special days are chronicled. The day to day activities are often ordinary but elevated by the loving bonds that make a group of people into a family. Differences in dress, diet, and religion are subtly indicated, but the common themes are emphasized and celebrated. Westcott has filled the space with lots of action and details to discover. Children can explore the illustrations to discover the life of each family. Encourage your audience to compare and contrast the family activities.
Harris celebrates the good things and includes the reality of the bad days. People get sick, scared, or unhappy. Things get lost, broken, or spilt. Harris puts these events in perspective. Bad things happen but the love of a family gives hope for better days to come.
The art is joyful. Children will enjoy looking at the pictures time after time and will discovering new ideas each time. This book should be in preschools, kindergartens and daycare centers as well as in the home. When young children learn about diversity and celebrate it, the future becomes a better place. My only question: in a going to bed scene the character mentions that he brushes his teeth but his dog doesn’t. In this day and age many dogs, including mine, get their teeth brushed every night. Sharing this activity with a dog could encourage children!
This book celebrates our future in a very positive way.
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