We are family

Patricia Hegarty

Book - 2017

Rhyming text and illustrations of families explore how all families are different, but also the same.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781680100549
1680100548
Main Author
Patricia Hegarty (author)
Other Authors
Ryan Wheatcroft (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

With its vibrant illustrations and cheerful rhyming narrative describing the ups, downs, and everyday routines of 10 different families, this book will appeal to a wide audience. The message is undoubtedly one of recognizing and affirming a range of family structures, all of which provide safe, happy, loving environments for children and adults. Each two-page spread depicts an array of panels, each one featuring a different family unit located roughly in the same place on every page. This format allows readers to create their own stories as they choose one or more families to focus on from page to page. The daily events are as diverse as the families themselves, so that a day of fun can be as simple as a walk in the park or as exciting as a roller coaster ride. Troubles range from a flooded kitchen to a burnt meal or a lost pet. With a through line of togetherness, in good times and bad, this celebratory tribute will be enjoyed with every repeated reading. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—This book's adequate verse sends the message that family means the people you rely on through thick and thin. "Each family is different; it may be large or small./We may look like each other—or not alike at all./No matter where we live, or our color, creed, or name—/In each and every family, the love is all the same." Each spread has a theme, such as school, play, illness, or bedtime, and shows a small scene from 10 different families' lives. Although the characters are all uniformly tall and thin, the groups are otherwise very diverse. There are families with two moms, two dads, and a single mother, as well as a transracial adoption, a child raised by grandparents, a large family with four children, and a family who could be the result of an interracial marriage or a remarriage. A variety of ethnicities are represented, and one of the children is in a wheelchair. The stylish, angular digital illustrations are where this title really shines. Readers will enjoy poring over the pictures to follow each family's individual adventures and telling their own stories about the small vignettes. VERDICT A serviceable choice for large collections and those looking to showcase family diversity.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rhyming text and illustrations of families explore how all families are different, but also the same.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Through illness and health, in celebration and disappointment, families stick together. Some families are made up of many people, and some are much smaller. Sometimes family members look like each other, and sometimes they don’t! But even though every family is different, the love is all the same.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Through illness and health, in celebration and disappointment, families stick together. Some families are made up of many people, and some are much smaller. Sometimes family members look like each other, and sometimes they don't! But even though every family is different, the love is all the same.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This engaging picture book celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of families—and no matter how different they may seem, the love that is shared is all the same. Every family is unique and special. Some families are made up of many people, and some are much smaller. Sometimes family members look like each other, and sometimes they don’t! From busy mornings before school to special times spent together, families engage in many similar activities. This engaging picture book celebrates the diversity of families around the world and explores the ways that family members support each other through good times and bad. Families may look different, but the love that is shared is all the same.