The Family Book-Book Review

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From the Cover of The Family Book by Todd Parr:

Some families are big. Some families are small. All families like to hug each other! There are lots of different ways to be a family. Open this book and see!

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 3 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

We feel The Family Book targets preschool or early elementary due to the bright, cartoonish characters in the illustrations and the short, simple sentences ideal for the short attention spans of younger children. The colors used for skin colors vary greatly and are not realistic, which makes it easy for children of any race to see themselves in the characters. This book is not specifically written to adoptive families, though adoption is mentioned.

This book highlights the different types of families—big and small, two parents or one, same and different colors, quiet and noisy, clean and messy, two moms or two dads, ones who adopt, living near to each other or far apart, stepmoms and stepdads. It also talks about ways that all families are the same: liking to hug each other, celebrating special days, helping each other be strong, and being special.  The generalizations made about all families could be triggering to children who had a traumatic start.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of the different types of families?
  2. What things are the same about all families?
  3. What is your family like?
  4. Is your family noisy or quiet? How do you know?
  5. What does your family like to celebrate?
  6. Do your family members look alike or different? How so?
  7. What does it mean that a family can be strong?
  8. How can your parent(s) help you be strong?
  9. How can you help your parent(s) be strong?

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