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Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, and Love

by Aylette Jenness

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1990
48 pages
ISBN: 0395470382

Ages 5-12

Seventeen young people each briefly comment upon the composition of their families in a photo-essay which originated as an interactive exhibition at the Children's Museum in Boston. One strength of this unique book rests in its organizational pattern, in that no one type of family unit is presented as standard, or correct, or "other." Blended, adoptive, mixed-racial, biracial, two parent, one parent, gay and lesbian, collective and extended families from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds are pictured. Child-expressed definitions of "family" and a list of books for further reading are additional features of an important book. CCBC categories: Understanding Oneself And Others; History, People And Places.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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