The book does not just explain straightforward connections like uncle or sister, but also sensitively introduces the idea of step-families, half-brothers and even adoption. The book celebrates the family in all its forms, encouraging not only a respect for your relatives but also other families around you, recognizing that no one family is the same. This book is one in a loosely-related series by award-winners Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom which takes an informative but friendly look at some of concerns of young children that relate to their immediate world and which they need to understand as part of 'growing up'. In doing so, they also provide an indispensable resource for any parent or teacher who is helping children understand these issues.
Mick Manning has been writing and illustrating non-fiction picture books for twenty years, often sharing the illustration with his partner, the illustrator Brita Granström. Their book awards include The Smarties Silver Award and The English Association Award (which they have won four times: 2000, 2005, 2008 and again recently in 2011 with Taff in the WAAF, the follow-up to their much loved Tail-End Charlie.) Their most recent books are Nature Adventures and Charles Dickens. Scenes From An Extraordinary Life. Reviewed by Simon Callow in the New York Times in December 2011:
"... anyone of any age who is interested in Dickens would gain something from this book: its verve and wit are infectious... The subtitle sums it up very well: a wonderful, enduring introduction for young readers."
Visit their website at mickandbrita.com