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Who's in a Family? [Paperback]

Robert Skutch
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13 Mar 1998
Family is important, but who's in a family? Why, the people who love you the most!This equal opportunity, open-minded picture book has no preconceptions about what makes a family a family. There's even equal time given to some of children's favorite animal families. With warm and inviting jewel-tone illustrations, this is a great book for that long talk with a little person on your lap.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (13 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188367266X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883672669
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 21.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 10 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book describes different types of families: single parents, lesbian and gay parents, grandparent carers, step families and multi-race families. These are interspersed with different types of animal families. The implicit message is that all are normal constructions, without labouring the point. It includes a section at the back for children to draw a picture of their family members.
Probably most appropriate for 5-8yrs.
It will hold attention because the script is brief and the illustrations are beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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An American title, with illustrations that I find quite old-fashioned in appearance. However, the subject matter of the book is modern, looking at all kinds of families, showing that no one type of family is "normal" or "right". So there are families of different ethnic origins, single parent families, lesbian/gay-parented families, only-child families, step-families etc. Animal families are used as illustrative comparisons too. There's even space to add pictures/drawings of your own family set-up.
As the book says: "Who's in a family? The people who love you the most!"
I like this book for being inclusive & accepting, without being heavy-handed in any way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poor poor poor 16 April 2011
Format:Paperback
May aswell be a leaflet for all the detail it goes in to.I bought this book thinking it would be a good read for me to read to my son who is 6 and from a previous relationship,but brought up by his step dad and i,for when our new baby is born to help him understand about different types of families.This book is very basic and aimed at a child of maybe 2 years old.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good intentions, falls short 20 July 2006
By Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like another reviewer, I was disappointed that none of these families reflects the reality for so many children: you can have two mommies, or two daddies. "Mom and her partner" not only doesn't come close to describing families with two moms, it undermines one of the child's primary relationships.

And I just found it rather boring. There's no plot. Most children would much rather read a story, and I'd much rather they saw a variety of families within stories instead of having this friendly little lecture.
64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really don't like this book 9 Aug 2006
By F. Weinstock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a white single mother of a bi-racial child, I'm always excited to find books that validate our family's composition. The problem with this one is that the main character whose family begins the book is a white girl who lives with her two white parents and sibling, has a dog and white grandparents. So the set-up is that her family is the "regular" kind and others are variations that aren't quite the same and are kind of exotic. I don't read this to my daughter anymore and I plan to throw it away.
34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Poorly Written & Illustrated Book 12 Oct 2005
By D. Navsaria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm disappointed to see that the negative reviews of this books are largely due to concerns about the inclusiveness and diversity of this book. Frankly, you should avoid this book primarily because it's badly written, poorly illustrated, and boring to read. We had the misfortune of being given a copy as a gift.

The writer makes utterly strange analogies with the animal world in ways that make no sense and that only superficially follow the point being made. There is no "plot" per se, and it won't hold the interest of a child or the adult reading it, especially since the "message" of the book is transmitted not with skill and grace but through beating the reader over the head with it. The illustrations are flat and uninteresting, and the one attempt at showing physical resemblance between a grandfather and his grandchild is accomplished by the apparent fact that they both shop at Bob's House of Soviet Eyewear.

I'd give them the one star for effort and for trying to counter the intolerant mindset out there, but that's about all that's redeeming. This book has taken an important, valuable message about diversity and tolerance and left it lying senseless and bleeding in a dark alley.
60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Non-traditional Families 29 Jun 2000
By Kathy in Colorado - Published on Amazon.com
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We searched for months for a book for our son that showed ALL types of families. This one hit the mark. While the illustrations may not be museum quality, the message is clear and understated. We have used this in our Sunday School class and based a Sunday service on the idea that "Families Valued" are not all plain vanilla. An excellent book to validate YOUR family's configuration.
45 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars builds confidence in child's own family configuration 29 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a single mother in an area where this is not the norm. This book was wonderful in showing many different types of families to my three year old son. He really enjoyed the book and was especially excited to see photos of his own family in the back of the book. I put the pictures in before we read it and he felt so confident about his own family configuration afterwards. Family has been a very important topic lately as his friends have been asking why my son's family is different. The book is simple and to the point and allows for any additional comments a person might want to add. Thank you to Robert Skutch for writing such a needed book that helps instill family confidence.
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