Review by Horn Book Review
This fortieth-anniversary edition features new illustrations and an updated text as "the concept [of family] has broadened..." since 1976. Along with the amiable watercolor illustrations, the wordy text covers all the bases with a wide variety of families represented. Simon discusses not only who makes up a family but what a family does: e.g., "People in a family...try to take care of each other. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
An updated version of a family-diversity book from the 1970s. Simon's revised text strives toward inclusiveness in describing diverse family constellations, and Brannen's soft, engaging illustrations augment its efforts. Single parents, same-sex parents, multiracial families, and families of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are included. And yet while stepfamilies are mentioned, divorce isn't, and the text is both choppy and redundant as it suggests who might be in a family. For example, one passage reads: "Do you have any stepsisters or stepbrothers? You can be a stepbrother or a stepsister to other people in your family. Did you know that?" And although the text acknowledges family rifts with a line about not getting together frequently ("maybe it's because the family argues with one another"), a general idealization of family negates the experiences of the most vulnerable children. The lines "From when you were a baby to when you're a kid, and from when you're a grown-up and for as long as you live, YOU are always part of your family" exclude children who are adopted at older ages or who are among the 400,000-plus American children without permanent homes. Adoption itself is acknowledged as a way a family grows, but birth families are excluded from consideration. Many, but not all, kinds of families. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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