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Celebrating Families

by Rosemary Hausherr

Published by Scholastic, 1997
32 pages
ISBN: 0-590-48937-2

Ages 4 - 9

No two family structures are alike in this engaging portrait of fourteen American families. Christina lives with her older brother Sherron and their grandmother. Lindsay and her sister Masha live part of the time with their mother and part of the time with their father. Joseph lives on a farm with his parents, aunt and uncle, grandparents and great-grandparents. Justin lives with his dad. Chris lives with his mom and every Sunday they go visit Chris's dad who is in prison. Alexandra and Sarah live with their lesbian moms. Each double-page spread is devoted to an individual child and his or her family, depicted in a creatively composed family portrait that uses color photographs. On the facing page a brief text describes the distinguishing characteristics of the living situation and tells one or two things that the family members enjoy doing together, using a black-and-white photograph as an illustration. No single family is presented as the norm here and all are celebrated for their strength and diveristy. CCBC categories: Understanding Oneself and Others; Issues in Today's World; Contemporary People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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