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If there was ever a book that I wanted everyone in the whole wide world to read, this would be it. With its retro '70s illustrations and Japanese cuteness, I could look at the pictures for hours. And there's so much to look at, I'm usually just overwhelmed with adorableness. It also has great rhymes and repetition, which make it so much fun to read out loud or to yourself in your head after you've memorized it.
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Publisher Comments:

With irresistible, rollicking rhyme, beloved picture book author Mary Ann Hoberman shows readers that families, large and small, are all around us. From celery stalks to bottle caps, buttons, and rings, the objects we group together form families, just like the ones we are a part of. And, as we grow up, our families grow, too.

Mary Ann Hoberman gives readers a sense of belonging in this all-inclusive celebration of families and our role in them.

Review:

"Hoberman's (A House Is a House for Me) whimsical rhyming treatise on what constitutes a family will have children looking for myriad ways to use that classification. 'Eggs in a carton can seem like a family/ So can a loaf with its slices of bread/ Celery stalks or a big bunch of carrots/ They sleep in the fridge with a drawer for a bed.' The playful verses ('Clams in the sea make a clammily family/ Lambs in the field make a lambily family...') posit that any grouping can be termed a family, which has the effect of reducing the idea of family to little more than proximity. Small surprises and vibrant colors give Boutavant's digital artwork visual appeal — tiny faces appear on everything from rocks to shells to food, and in one scene leaves on a tree are actually letters and symbols. The 1970s-era retro feel of the art, a fresh counterpoint to the earnest prose, should appeal to kids and hipster parents alike. Readers will close the book with a sense of belonging, though the question of why may be less clear. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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About the Author

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including the critically acclaimed A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award, the New York Times bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the Sing-Along Stories series.

Marc Boutavant has created picture books in English, French, and Japanese. He also does editorial illustration and comics. Mr. Boutavant lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316146333
Author:
Hoberman, Mary Ann
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Boutavant, Marc
Author:
Boutavant, Marc
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Families
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.25 x 9 x 0.5 in 0.96 lb
Age Level:
04-12

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Product details 40 pages Little, Brown Young Readers - English 9780316146333 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If there was ever a book that I wanted everyone in the whole wide world to read, this would be it. With its retro '70s illustrations and Japanese cuteness, I could look at the pictures for hours. And there's so much to look at, I'm usually just overwhelmed with adorableness. It also has great rhymes and repetition, which make it so much fun to read out loud or to yourself in your head after you've memorized it.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hoberman's (A House Is a House for Me) whimsical rhyming treatise on what constitutes a family will have children looking for myriad ways to use that classification. 'Eggs in a carton can seem like a family/ So can a loaf with its slices of bread/ Celery stalks or a big bunch of carrots/ They sleep in the fridge with a drawer for a bed.' The playful verses ('Clams in the sea make a clammily family/ Lambs in the field make a lambily family...') posit that any grouping can be termed a family, which has the effect of reducing the idea of family to little more than proximity. Small surprises and vibrant colors give Boutavant's digital artwork visual appeal — tiny faces appear on everything from rocks to shells to food, and in one scene leaves on a tree are actually letters and symbols. The 1970s-era retro feel of the art, a fresh counterpoint to the earnest prose, should appeal to kids and hipster parents alike. Readers will close the book with a sense of belonging, though the question of why may be less clear. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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