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The Great Big Book of Families

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Publisher Comments:

This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life-from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustrations perfectly complement a charming text from the acclaimed Mary Hoffman; kids will love poring over these pages again and again. A celebration of the diverse fabric of kith and kin the world over, The Great Big Book of Families is a great big treat for every family to share.

Review:

"In matter-of-fact prose and genial pen-and-ink drawings, Hoffman and Asquith reassure readers about something they may already know intuitively: there's no one right way to be a family. What sets their survey of familyhood apart in this growing genre is the collaborators' expansive take on demographics. They cover not only a wide range of parental and domestic arrangements, but also schooling, homes, consumerism, employment — or lack of it — and psychographics ('In some families everyone shares their feelings.... Sometimes not everyone in the family feels the same way about things'). Asquith's spreads have a lively, encyclopedic feel, with whimsical themed borders (variously clad feet march across the top of the 'Transportation' section), occasional asides to the audience ('Is a teddy a pet?' a toy bear wonders), and a recurring cat character adding to the visual fun. 'amilies can be big, small, happy, sad, rich, poor, loud, quiet, mad, good-tempered, worried, or happy-go-lucky,' writes Hoffman in her wrapup. 'Most families are all of these things some of time.' It may not be Tolstoyan wisdom, but it's undeniably true. Ages 5 — 8. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Mary Hoffman has written more than ninety books for children. She lives in rural Oxford, England, with her husband and three Burmese cats.

Ros Asquith has been a cartoonist for the UK Guardian for twenty years. She lives with her family in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803735163
Author:
Hoffman, Mary
Publisher:
Dial Books
Author:
Hoffman, Mary
Author:
Hoffman, Mary /. Asquith
Author:
Hoffman, Mary / Asquith, Ros
Author:
Asquith, Ros
Subject:
Family - Alternative Family
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
12.1 x 9 x 0.39 in 1 lb
Age Level:
05-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In matter-of-fact prose and genial pen-and-ink drawings, Hoffman and Asquith reassure readers about something they may already know intuitively: there's no one right way to be a family. What sets their survey of familyhood apart in this growing genre is the collaborators' expansive take on demographics. They cover not only a wide range of parental and domestic arrangements, but also schooling, homes, consumerism, employment — or lack of it — and psychographics ('In some families everyone shares their feelings.... Sometimes not everyone in the family feels the same way about things'). Asquith's spreads have a lively, encyclopedic feel, with whimsical themed borders (variously clad feet march across the top of the 'Transportation' section), occasional asides to the audience ('Is a teddy a pet?' a toy bear wonders), and a recurring cat character adding to the visual fun. 'amilies can be big, small, happy, sad, rich, poor, loud, quiet, mad, good-tempered, worried, or happy-go-lucky,' writes Hoffman in her wrapup. 'Most families are all of these things some of time.' It may not be Tolstoyan wisdom, but it's undeniably true. Ages 5 — 8. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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